We have three guys from ESA at FedCon 26. Matt Taylor, Paul McNamara, Mark McCaughrean are coming to Bonn in June and giving talks about their projects.
Dr Matt Taylor
The Rosetta Stone Mission
He was born in London, and from watching Star Wars, Buck Rogers, Star Trek and playing computer games like Elite, he was fascinated by science fiction. His approach to getting involved with science fiction was to do science fact! He gained his undergraduate Physic's degree at the University of Liverpool, and a Ph.D. from Imperial College London. His career has focused on the space plasma measurements, working in Europe and the US on the four spacecraft ESA Cluster missions, leading to a post at ESA, which started in 2005, working as the Project Scientist for Cluster and the ESA-China Double star mission. Most recently, in 2013, he was appointed the Project Scientist on the comet-chasing Rosetta mission, which has all the elements of a science fiction heavy metal epic.
Prof Mark McCaughrean
ESA science highlights and our upcoming missions to Mercury, Mars, to search for exoplanets...
Prof Mark McCaughrean is Senior Science Advisor in the Directorate of Science at the European Space Agency. He is also responsible for communicating results from ESA’s astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, and fundamental physics missions to the scientific community and wider general public. Following a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, he worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, followed by astronomical institutes in Tucson, Heidelberg, Bonn, and Potsdam, and taught as a professor of
astrophysics at the University of Exeter before joining ESA in 2009. His personal scientific research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems, and he is also an Interdisciplinary Scientist for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.
He is a project scientist for LISA Pathfinder