SPAN operates an open membership to its working groups. Please contact to join one of the working groups. Membership of the SPAN board is outlined in the Terms of Reference for SPAN. The board comprises of the Chair of SPAN, the Chairs of each of the Working Groups, representatives of universities contributing to the funding of SPAN, and representatives of UKSA, government fund laboratories and UKRI.

Professor Mark Sims, Chair of SPAN

Professor in Astrobiology and Space Instrumentation

Professor Kate Robson-Brown, Co-Chair of SPAN

Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Engineering Mathematics; Professor of Biological Anthropology, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology; Director of the Jean Golding Institute, Jean Golding Institute

Professor Carole Haswell

Professor of Astrophysics and Chair to the Space Science and Exploration Working Group

Professor Stephen Hobbs

Chair of the Engineering and Technology Working Group, Director, Cranfield Space Research Centre, Cranfield University

Dr Nic Walton

Chair of the Data and Analysis Working Group, University of Cambridge

Dr Anna Hogg

Chair of the Earth Observation Working Group, University of Leeds

Professor John Remedios

Director, National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), University of Leicester

Professor Christopher Mutlow

Chair of the UKRI Space Coordination Group; Director, RAL Space, STFC RAL

Dr Colin Vincent

Head of Astronomy Division and ESO Council UK delegate, STFC

Dr Andrew Lawrence

Head of Engineering, Capability Delivery, EPSRC

Dr Tom Doyle

NERC - the Natural Environment Research Council - is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science. Investing £330 million each year in cutting-edge research, postgraduate training and innovation in universities and research centres.

BEIS Space Directorate

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has established the Space Directorate.

UKSA Growth Directorate

Members from the Growth Directorate in Industrial Strategy, Regional Growth, Technology or specific applications areas attend as appropriate.

Dr Ewan Fitzsimons


Chairs of UKSA advisory committees

The Chairs of SPAC, STAC and EOAC are invited to attend the Board meeting

Professor Andrew Holland (Chair of SPAN)

Chair of SPAN (2016-2022), Director, Centre for Electronic Imaging and the Space Strategic Research Area, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes.

Professor Kai Bongs

Director of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology, University of Birmingham and member of the Space Engineering and Technology Working Group

Professor Adam Amara

Professor of Cosmology

Professor Andrew Fazakerley

Director, Mullard Space Science Laboratory University College London and member of the Space Science and Exploration Working Group

Professor Neil Bowles

Atmospheric Physics Clarendon Laboratory Oxford and member of the Space Science and Exploration Working Group

Dr William Crofts

Director of Warwick Satellite Programme School of Engineering

Professor Richard Massey

Member of the Institute for Computational Cosmology

20 January 2022

Science Museum Space Seminar Series

Starting on the 25th of January, this series focusses on Asia with monthly meeting.

20 January 2022

7 Steps to SPAN the Gap

An article outlining steps to strengthen UK academia in the space sector to be published in Astronomy and Geophysics