Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Co-Presenter of The Sky at Night and British Space Scientist

British space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a popular figure within the science sector. Maggie has worked on various different projects, ranging from private industry to academia and government. A graduate of Imperial College London, Maggie has qualifications in physics and mechanical engineering. From a young age, Maggie held a strong interest in space, wanting to be an astronaut as a small child.

In 1996 Maggie began work at the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, which is a branch of the UK Ministry of Defence. Here she acted as a systems scientist, specialising in aircraft missile warning systems. In 1997 she was appointed the task of managing the project of developing hand held instruments that would detect landmines.

Three years later in 1999, Maggie returned to Imperial College where she completed her studies. Here she worked to help develop a high resolution spectrograph for the Gemini telescope in Chilli. Later in her career, Maggie was the lead scientist at Astrium. Here she helped with the investigation of climate change, managing the observation instruments and measuring wind speed.

Maggie prides herself in communicating the importance of science to the public. To complement this passion Maggie established her own company, Science Innovation Ltd. This company works to engage both children and adults over the world showing them the wonders of space and science.

Inspiring people about space is a prominent passion of Maggie’s. She longs to inspire new generations to follow science, fostering new astronauts, engineers and scientists. Acting as a keynote speaker, Maggie has inspired hundreds of children, approximately 25000, to follow in her footsteps. Maggie has visited a number of inner city schools making speeches on how and why she became a scientist, dispelling myths surrounding scientific careers and gender.

Maggie conducts Tours of the Universe, a service that she set up in order to engage people about space. Additionally, Maggie furthers her passion for space and science when she acts as a celebrity judge at the National Science and Engineering competition. Maggie has also had her time in the TV limelight. In 2009 she was one of the scientific consultants on Paradox, and she also featured on Doctor Who Confidential. Later in 2011, she presented the BBC Two programme Do We Really Need The Moon?. She has also presented In Orbit: How Satellites Rule Our World.

Maggie was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire at the 2009 New Year Honours, recognition for her commitment and passion for science education.

To book Maggie Aderin-Pocock as the science speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Maggie is known to discuss the following topics:

  • Scientific Research
  • The Dawn of a New Space Era
  • Inspiring Scientists
  • The Science of Space