11-12 March 2025

London ExCeL


Ian Raper

Associate Professor. University College London

Speaker profile

Ian is an Associate Professor in the Technology Management Group in the Department of Space and Climate Physics at University College London. He is also the Departmental Graduate Tutor responsible for MSc and apprenticeship programmes in Systems Engineering Management. He co-chairs the Space Universities Network, an organistaion focused on facilitating the creation of a skilled workforce of graduates who can meet the challenges of enabling future scientific, commercial and societal exploitation of space. In this role Ian sits on the Space Skills Advisory Panel and has provided academic input into the Space Workforce Action Planning activity.

Prior to joining UCL Ian had 22 years of industrial experience working on all aspects of the systems design lifecycle from user requirements through to integration, acceptance and deployment. Part of Ian’s career was in the defence sector, within Vickers Shipbuilding and BAE SYSTEMS. Following this, he worked in the space sector covering mission and system level activities at EADS Astrium. Ian is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering. He holds an MSc in Systems Engineering from UCL and, in 2015, gained a PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education.


University College London

University College London



Wednesday 06 March


12:20 - 13:00   |   Keynote Theatre

Bridging the Skills Gap: Navigating the Challenges of Tomorrow's Frontier

Dr Joanna Hart

Space Partnership

Doug Liddle

In-Space Missions

Ian Raper

Associate Professor,
University College London

Dr Kathy Bass

Deputy Director for Space Strategy,
Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

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