What does is take to become an astronaut? Join Jackie as she entertains us with the highs and lows of her TV experience and guides us through the skills necessary in becoming one of the elite few to live and work onboard the International Space Station (and beyond!) Follow Jackie on @sciencesummedup Jackie Bell is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Liverpool Mathematics Department.
A Scouser born and bred, Jackie is proud of her heritage and is passionately dedicated to raising the aspirations of children and adults from backgrounds similar to her own, challenging negative preconceptions and changing young people’s beliefs that higher education and careers in STEM aren’t for them. Her ultimate dream is to follow in the footsteps of Helen Sharman and Tim Peake in becoming Britain’s next astronaut – and more specifically – the first Scouser in space!
Jackie’s passion for space exploration led her to became one of twelve finalists to take part in the BBC science production ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?’. Following filming, Jackie has continued to work towards her dream of becoming an astronaut, learning to speak Russian and fly helicopters in her spare time. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.