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 on board the joint ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft launching in October 2018 and arriving 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.
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.
We had our celebration evening last night and Suzie was an excellent guest speaker / guest of honour. Absolutely amazing, inspirational and personable.Lots of positive feedback from parents and staff too.– Denis McCabe, Headteacher, Aldworth School
"Thank you so much for coming down and giving such an inspiring talk to the students at the Girls into STEM account. One of the teachers I spoke to afterwards said the girls were absolutely buzzing on the way home and had been really inspired. I've summarised the evaluation forms, they were completed by 97 of the girls and the results are fantastic."
"A HUGE and heartfelt thank you for coming to school to talk to the girls. It was such a pleasure to meet you. So interesting to hear about your adventures and the career choices you've made along the way - insightful & relevant for the girls too. It is very good for them to see diverse role models. In fact, what lucky girls! I wish I'd had the opportunity to meet inspirational people when I was at school. The feedback has been so positive and the girls loved chatting over supper, thank you."
"I would like to extend my thanks for presenting to our students. The reaction and feedback from all girls was exceptional. They were truly inspired and captivated and there was a buzz after you left. This opportunity has been a great way to motivate the girls to work hard and achieve across all their subjects, and I think it has given them that little boost of energy that is often lost at this time of year."
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