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The UCL Space Domain’s lunchtime One O’clock Space webinar series is looking for Speakers for Term 1 & 2 for 2020/21.

Our One O’clock lunchtime Webinar series is intended to be an informal platform for sharing on Space related topics to a general, non-specialist audience including UCL undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff members, and is open to the general public. All lectures now take place via Microsoft Teams virtually between 13:00-14:00. Time permitting, we open up the chat for questions at the end of the lecture. 

We are looking for either 20 minutes (in which we would have two speakers to fill the slot with a Q&A of 10 minutes each) or 40 minutes presentations with a Q&A of 20 minutes, time permitting. We welcome contributions related to Space Research/Projects/Competitions/Interests taking place at UCL. Although definitely not exclusive, we are particularly interested in topics which fit within the following Themes:

  • Earth/Climate Change

  • Humans in Space

  • Space as a Natural Asset

  • Science in, about and from Space

  • “Living with a Star”

  • ‘The Exploration conversation: Robots or humans or both?’

  • Local Space

  • ‘Propulsion; from rockets and motors to the future’

  • National and International Space Policy

  • What is New Space: Privatization, commercial exploitation of space, or democratization?

  • How to get involved in space – career paths and journeys

  • Space and culture – a historical relationship

  • Xenobiology/Astrobiology – Learning from extreme environments on Earth

This is a fantastic opportunity for Early Career Researchers and Postgraduate Students at UCL to engage, communicate and reach out to a wider audience with their research. As well as providing excellent exposure for their research and showcasing future leaders in the Space Sector this series offers a supportive, collegiate environment for sharing ideas/research and the potential of constructive comments/feedback/insights from a wide audience including senior academics at UCL, leaders in the Space Sector, student peers, industry professionals and the wider interested general public. 

Speakers can be very diverse, including senior academics describing their research, post docs describing recent result and students outlining an area of current interest. We particularly encourage the participation of Early Career Researchers, postgraduate students and other researchers particularly those who identify as underrepresented groups including Women, BAME, LGBT + community and disabled individuals at UCL. In this spirit, we would like to reach out to our senior UCL colleagues and staff and ask them to actively encourage their Early Career Researchers and Postgraduate Students who may not normally feel confident presenting or sharing their work to come forward and apply. 

To be considered to speak please fill out the form or email an abstract (of approximately 250-300 words) or alternatively a graphical/video/audio abstract to the organising committee.  Please note that all postgraduate students must have the permission of their supervisor/s before submitting an abstract.    

Past One O’clock Space lectures can be found here.

Additional Requirements 
If you anticipate having any additional requirements when presenting, please make us aware of these when you register. These may include accessibility, access, caring responsibilities or other additional requirements that will enable you to present. 

It is expected that presentations and handouts adhere to Advance HE’s accessibility requirements and we will provide presenters with the relevant guidance material.

Call for UCL Space Domain Postgraduate Student Ambassadors  

The UCL Space Domain is currently accepting applications for the 2020/21 academic year for our new Space Domain Postgraduate Student Ambassadors Programme.  


The Space Domain Postgraduate Student Ambassador’s Programme seeks to develop our selected students’ leadership, research, communication and engagement skills base.  

Space Ambassadors will have the opportunity to attend external events representing the UCL Space Domain including having their conference fees covered to attend meetings/conferences and networking events with the Royal Aeronautical Society and other opportunities as they arise across the breadth of the Space Sector.   

Space Domain Student Ambassadors will be in contact with key BEAMS faculty, researchers, staff members and leaders in the Space Sector including ESA_Lab@UCL and developing and strengthen their professional networks.  


The responsibilities for this role will be shared between Student Ambassadors and these will include attending conferences and networking events at UCL and externally along with other public engagement and outreach activities and programs coordinated by the Space Domain. Student Ambassadors are also expected to be a positive reflection of what the Space Domain represents (see Terms of Reference of UCL Space Domain) and act as a role model for their peers and other UCL students. Student Ambassadors will also be expected to actively promote and share Space Domain events and activities via social media including writing blog pieces around events attended.   


 1. Currently enrolled UCL postgraduate (MSc/PhD) student in BEAMS.  

2. Commitment/Involvement in Space Sector 

3. Excellent communication skills including social media skills.  

The Space Domain would particularly like to actively encourage the participation of postgraduate students who identify as underrepresented groups including women, BAME, LGBT + community and disabled individuals at UCL to apply for this opportunity. In this spirit, we would like to reach out to senior colleagues/staff at UCL and ask them to strongly encourage their postgraduate students who may not normally feel confident to come forward and apply for this career opportunity. It would be appreciated if Supervisors and Course Tutors could bring this opportunity to the attention of their students. 

Procedure for selection: 

Please submit a brief (2 page max) CV and concise covering letter (1 page max) outlining how you feel you are a good fit for this position. Both CV and covering letters may be in graphical/written/audio or video format. We encourage all postgraduate students to discuss this opportunity with their supervisor/s or line manager/s for their support/sponsorship before submitting an application. Please email both CV and covering letter to the Research Coordinator for the Space Domain.  

The deadline for applications is 26th October 17:00 (BST). The Space Domain’s Organizing Committee will review the applications received and reach a decision by the end of October 2020. The Space Domain Organizing Committee expects to appoint approximately 1-2 Space Domain Postgraduate Student Ambassadors.