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Women in Space: Plymouth Science Park celebrates World Space Week with special series of interviews

Joe Bevan
Authored by Joe Bevan
Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 08:16

To celebrate this year’s World Space Week, which is focused on celebrating Women in Space, Plymouth Science Park is shining a light on ‘women who are out of this world’, by talking to inspirational women working in the sector across the South West.

In the ‘Women who are out of this world’ series, Fay Davies, business development manager at Plymouth Science Park, interviews women working in the sector to find out more about their work and career journeys and the impact their work is having. The series also explores how we can encourage more women to explore the opportunities available in the sector.  

The series features Melissa Thorpe, Head of Spaceport Cornwall; Samantha Lavender, Managing Director at Pixalytics and Plymouth Science Park tenant; Heidi Thiemann, Space Project Manager at Truro & Penwith College and Director of the Space Skills Alliance; and Noelia Zorrilla, Earth Observation Scientist at ARGANS, which is also based at the Science Park.

Fay Davies, Business Development Manager at Plymouth Science Park, said: “The South West is leading the way for the UK’s space industry, and it’s fantastic to hear from some of the women playing crucial roles as the region’s space sector really ‘takes off’. It’s vital that the sector continues to welcome people from all backgrounds, and that  women and girls are encouraged and supported into the sector from a young age. Championing the incredible women working in space helps provide role models and inspiration for others to follow in their footsteps.”

Melissa Thorpe, Head of Spaceport Cornwall, said: “We need to be putting women who are working in space in front of women and girls to showcase their career journey to them. We need to show that there are women like them out there doing these amazing jobs - and that they can too.”

Samantha Lavender, Managing Director at Pixalytics, who also features in the series said: “Making sure we shine the spotlight on women working in space is key to encouraging more to join the sector. And if you are contemplating it, go for it! It's such an exciting sector to be part of, you never go back.”

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