An Audience With Professor Anu Ojha

17 January 2023



Professor Anupam Ojha OBE is a Director of the National Space Centre. He serves on the Council of the STFC and as a member of the European Space Agency Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee. 

Ojha taught physics, mathematics and sciences and was made a National Lead Practitioner for physics by the UK Specialist Schools and Academies Trust in 2010.

Ojha started working on teacher training programmes for the ESA in 2007. He has led the National Space Academy since it launched in 2008 and was awarded the 2010 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Inspiration. Since 2016 he has been the lead for Skills/Education/Human spaceflight and robotic exploration in the UK Government’s programmes of strategic collaboration in Space Science and Technology with China

In 2014 Ojha was appointed OBE for services to science education. He led the Astro Academy Principia Education Programme involving experiments conducted by Tim Peake during his time on the International Space Station.

In 2016 Ojha was appointed as an Honorary Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester. He is co-investigator for the planetary sampling tool SPLIT, which is being developed for future Mars exploration missions. He has served as the President of the Astronautics Records Commission of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

Ojha was appointed to the STFC Council in 2018, and the Global Space Congress Advisory Board of the UAE Space Agency. He has a long-standing interest in why people believe conspiracy theories and misinformation and the societal ramifications of this.

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