About the Festival

As a global innovator in space science, Leicester is no stranger to a mission or two. This month we’re joining in the Department for International Trade’s mission to build life-long business partnerships between the UK and Asian economies.

Held in Hong Kong between Wednesday 21 and Saturday 24 March, the GREAT Festival of Innovation invites guests to attend a series of thought-provoking and lively keynotes and panel sessions. As well as hearing from some of the brightest minds from across the globe, there will be a host of interactive showcases, installations and performances.

For those who want to know what it’s like to be an astronaut, our own Associate Professor in Space Physics – and winner of BBC Two’s Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? - Dr Suzie Imber will be in attendance. Presenter Ortis Deley from The Gadget Show will be asking Suzie about her time in the centrifuge.

Throughout the event, we’ll be discussing the significance of the UK’s high-growth space sector which is producing innovations affecting all aspects of everyday life. 

As pioneers of space science, we can’t wait to showcase 50 years of technological and engineering capabilities.

Dr Imber will be a guest speaker on the Democratising Space panel on Thursday 22 March. On Saturday 24 March Professor Paul Monks, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science, will join Suzie on stage to host the Space Innovation panel. Paul will also be part of the Global Warning panel.