Helen Sharman OBE is the first British Astronaut. In May 1991, she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spent 8 days orbiting the Earth, living and working on the MIR Space Station. Helen was selected from 13,000 applicants: she didn’t think she stood a chance of being chosen, but she was exactly the right person – calm, practical, and professional.
A superb and inspirational speaker, Helen enthuses her audience about Space, STEM and the wonders of science. She describes the meticulous training and preparation, learning Russian, the launch and landing, how weightlessness feels, her science experiments, the team spirit, and adjusting to life back on Earth. Awarded the OBE in 1993, Helen is a full-time scientist, a pioneer, a role model and an inspiration.
Following her journey into space, Helen Sharman became a science communicator and keynote speaker. With a variety of interesting and expertise knowledge to share, Helen delivers presentations all around the globe, to great success. During her talks she is often heard discussing topics such as teamwork, leadership and motivation. These topics relate to her career, training and experiences as an astronaut, which she combines with her subsequent management experience. She takes delegates on a journey into Space, describing the seemingly endless training and preparation, the launch, how weightlessness feels, what it is like living and working in space, the team work and team spirit, and adjusting to life back on Earth afterwards.
Having spent multiple months on the Mir Space Station, Helen Sharman understands the impact of isolation more than most. Helen suffered home sickness and loneliness. The perfect speaker for staff working from home, she can teach employees techniques to motivate themselves through isolation. She is a truly inspiring speaker, and is guaranteed to resonate with audiences of all backgrounds.