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University of Leicester Takes Centre Stage at Conservative Party Conference with Reform Panel Discussion

Professor Richard Ambrosi
Professor Suzie Imber
Professor Suzie Imber

The University of Leicester announces its proud participation in the upcoming Conservative Party Conference as it partners with Reform to host a distinguished panel discussion.

The event taking place outside of the Secure Zone at Manchester Art Gallery on Monday, 2 October, marks the University’s inaugural presence at a party conference.

The panel discussion, “Winning the space race: Boosting the UK space sector for growth and innovation”, organised by the independent non-party think tank Reform, will delve into the UK’s impressive strides in the space sector, which contributed significantly to the nation’s economy, accounting for 15 per cent of economic activity in 2020.

The United Kingdom has steadily progressed towards becoming a global superpower in this domain, with technologists and astrophysicists consistently achieving ground-breaking discoveries. Furthermore, the commercial space sector has achieved noteworthy international milestones in satellite communications and earth observation technologies.

This discussion is of paramount importance as attention shifts toward harnessing the success of the British space sector and leveraging innovation in science and technology to address domestic challenges.

The panel will feature prominent figures including George Freeman MP, Minister for Science, Research, and Innovation; Rt Hon Lord Willetts, Chair of the UK Space Agency; Suzie Imber, Professor of Space Physics at the University of Leicester; and Professor Richard Ambrosi, Director of Space Park Leicester.

Professor Richard Ambrosi, who leads the University of Leicester’s efforts in advancing the space sector, expressed his enthusiasm about the event, saying, “The University of Leicester is at the forefront of space research and innovation. We are excited to participate in this panel discussion alongside esteemed colleagues and industry leaders to explore how the UK’s leading space sector can be further capitalised upon.”

The University of Leicester is delighted to sponsor this public event, which offers an opportunity for all interested parties to gain insights into the future of the UK space industry. The event will be held at Manchester Art Gallery, just a five-minute walk from the Secure Zone.

For those interested in attending the panel discussion, please RSVP by emailing:

The University of Leicester is committed to fostering innovation, research, and collaboration within the space sector, and this partnership with Reform at the Conservative Party Conference marks a significant milestone in its ongoing efforts to contribute to the nation’s scientific and technological advancements.