Suzie Imber

Associate Professor of Planetary Science & Winner of Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?

Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester. She specialises in studying space weather; understanding the impact of the solar wind on the magnetised planets, in particular the Earth and Mercury. Suzie is a Co-Investigator on the X-ray spectrometer onboard the joint ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft, which launched in October 2018 and will arrive at Mercury in 2025.

Suzie was also the winner of the recent BBC 2 series entitled ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’ during which twelve candidates were put through astronaut training with NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield. She endured challenges such as taking her own blood, speaking Russian while in a centrifuge at 5g and carrying out emergency procedures on the NASA undersea astronaut training facility, Aquarius. Suzie will receive a letter of recommendation from Chris Hadfield to support her application to the European Space Agency astronaut training programme. She was recently selected for the 2019 intake of Homeward Bound, an international leadership programme designed to train 1000 women that will change the world, and will be heading for Antarctica with the programme in December 2020, bringing her knowledge of how satellite data may be used to monitor the delicate balance of our planet.

Suzie was an England U21 lacrosse player, an elite rower, and is now a high altitude mountaineer. She has written computer code to automatically identify mountains in South America, and found hundreds of mountains that had never been identified before. She sets off annually to scale these incredibly remote, unclimbed mountains, exploring new regions of our planet and even discovering Incan ruins on the summits.

Finally, Suzie has launched a huge public engagement programme, speaking with over 40,000 young people over the last two years, sharing her story of space science, mountaineering, resilience and risk, and her ultimate dream of becoming an astronaut.

To book Suzi Imber for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When he’s at corporate events, Suzie is known to cover the following topics:

  • NASA & Space Weather
  • Planetary Science
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Mental & Physical Resilience
  • The Future of the Space Industry
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Climate Change & The Environment
  • Motivation & Peak Performance