The WISE Awards


Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Position: Space Scientist, Founder of Science Innovation Limited
Country: United Kingdom
Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock studied at Imperial College London where she obtained her degree in Physics and her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Since then she has spent her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation in both the industrial and academic environments. Until recently Maggie worked at Astrium Ltd. where she led the optical instrumentation group. Here she managed a range of projects, making satellite sub-systems designed to monitor variables in the Earth’s atmosphere. These systems are made under the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Living Planet program and are designed to improve our current knowledge of climate change.

Maggie also has a Science in Society fellowship from the Science and Technology Facilities Council which enables her to engage the public with the science work that she loves. The fellowship is held at University College London. Through this work, Maggie makes regular appearances on television and radio as a space and education expert and presenting science to a general audience.

To further share her love of science, Maggie has also set up her own company, Science Innovation Ltd., through which she conducts “Tours of the Universe” and other public engagement activities, showing school children and adults the wonders of space. To date she has given these talks to 150,000 people across the globe. She has just produced a film through her company called “Space in the UK”, which features Maggie on a simulated spaceship to Mars. This is being distributed free of charge through schools and science festivals across the country.