ESA Invites You to Discover Space Innovation at the First UK Open Day at Harwell

17th Jun 2024
ESA Invites You to Discover Space Innovation at the First UK Open Day at Harwell

On the last Saturday in June, the European Space Agency (ESA) will hold its first UK Open Day at ECSAT in Oxfordshire. Visitors will be able to experience fascinating presentations and interactive exhibits on how space technology is impacting our everyday lives. A packed programme of educational and entertaining activities will make your family holiday an unforgettable experience.

Harwell Open Day

 On 29 June, for the first time in 8 years, the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus near Didcot in Oxfordshire is once again opening its doors to the public.  The event concludes ESA’s Harwell Open Week, which runs from 24 to 29 June. Guests at the event will be able to look behind the scenes at the campus and see how and where some of the most advanced space research and technology development in Europe is taking place.

The event will feature presentations by leading scientists and professional engineers on space debris pollution in orbit, the development of revolutionary space technologies, the use of AI, and an opportunity to talk to a British ESA astronaut about his personal experience of participating in international programmes. Interactive virtual and augmented reality sessions, an innovative playground and a space quest will also be available.

You can find out more about Harwell campus open week here.

Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity for a familiarisation tour of unique world-renowned science facilities such as the ISIS neutron and muon source, RAL Space and Diamond Light Source, the UK’s synchrotron light source. The Harwell Campus is the 700-acre science and technology campus employs over 6,000 people in more than 240 public and private sector organisations working in sectors such as space, clean energy, life sciences and quantum computing. It is home to the European Space Agency’s science laboratories and offices, teams from 30 UK universities, and innovative private sector organisations such as Oxford Nanopore and Astroscale.

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