Less than two weeks until GREAT touchdown in Hong Kong

The GREAT Festival of Innovation is closing fast and plans are coming together at Leicester for an out of this world experience.

From miniature satellites to virtual reality experiences, visitors will step into the world of space and earth observation courtesy of aspiring astronaut Dr Suzie Imber and senior representatives of the University showcasing our innovation in space.

Dr Imber is an associate professor in space physics who recently won BBC Two’s Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? competition. She will be among speakers at the UK government’s four-day GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong from March 21.

She will join representatives from six UK universities, along with industry leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, and futurologists, highlighting UK innovation and its trading strengths through lively keynote addresses, masterclasses, and presentations, at the event which comes at a historic moment for the UK, Hong Kong and Asian economies.

Internationally renowned for its world-leading research in space science, technology, engineering and Earth observation, Leicester will join other UK universities in showing how leading sectors are collaborating with these unique engines of innovation to gain a competitive edge, strategically linking higher education, research and business to help change the way we work, learn and play.

Watch a video on the University's history in space:

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Paul Boyle, said: “There is a whole universe of opportunity to be found in space and we’re eager to help businesses explore it. Whether you are observing a distant supernova or the traffic jams on Earth, processing data from a space probe or from a weather satellite on your mobile phone, space-enabled technology is affecting your everyday life and we are still at the tip of the iceberg of what it can achieve.”