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Earth Observation Careers Event

14 February 2019

Ever since the Earth was first captured in a photograph from the moon in the 1960s, we have been curious to know more about our picturesque planet. Before this historic moment, humans could only speculate on the appearance of Earth.


Earth Observation (EO) includes the gathering of information about the physical, chemical and biological systems of the planet which may include photos and radar images taken from remote- sensing satellites. One of EO’s purposes is to monitor and assess changes in natural and built environments. It is increasingly important due to the concerning impact of modern civilization.

The Earth Observation Careers Event aims to inspire the next generation of explorers and researchers.

Hosted by the UK Space Agency at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), the Earth Observation Careers Event invited 97 year 8-10 students and their teachers. Students attended the event from Space Studio West London, Didcot Girls’ School and King Alfred’s Academy.

Students had the chance to ask members of RAL Space about career opportunities, as well as 11 other organisations. RAL Space scientists and engineers contribute to and underpin UK and international programmes in environmental science which currently includes expertise in obtaining information on the surface and atmosphere using remote sensing methods.

Students were introduced to a range of career opportunities and given an insight into the companies and organisations who carry out this fascinating work.

The event involved a series of short talks from professionals at all stages of their career, including the Head of Earth Observation at UK Space Agency, Beth Greenaway.

A careers carousel gave students the chance to learn about the different opportunities available. The professionals were able to advise suitable subject selection for students wishing to pursue a similar career to them.

The networking exhibition included organisations based on the Harwell Campus, with the European Space Agency and the Satellite Applications Catapult in attendance, and representatives from the public and private sectors.


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Last updated: 25 February 2019

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