INTERACTION, THE 63rd WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION
PRESS RELEASE #32 - European Space Agency Director to Deliver
Keynote Lecture in Interaction Science Programme
GLASGOW, Wednesday 6 April 2005
Professor David Southwood to participate in Interaction science programme –
Science Director of ESA since 2001 – will deliver keynote address.
The European Space Agency and Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction
Convention are pleased to announce that ESA Science Director Professor
David Southwood will give the keynote talk in the Interaction Science
Programme. The title of his lecture will be “Titan and the Imagination,
Huygens and Cassini.” Professor Southwood will also participate in other
programme items, including an interview with leading British science
fiction author, Stephen Baxter.
Simon Bradshaw, Interaction's Science Programme Area Head, notes that the
science programme is an integral part of every Worldcon. “Many science
fiction fans and writers are working scientists and many working scientists
are inspired by science fiction,” he said. “We are delighted that a scientist
of Professor Southwood’s experience and renown has agreed to participate
in our programme.”
Professor Southwood has been working in space research for nearly 40 years.
He has spent much of his career at London's Imperial College, where he was
head of Space Physics and latterly of the Blackett Laboratory. In this time
he has published over 200 scientific papers and articles and worked on several
space missions including Ulysses, Galileo and most recently the joint
NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens probe to Saturn and its giant moon Titan.
Professor Southwood has had a long association with ESA, serving as chair
of the Space Science Advisory Committee (1990-1993, the Science Programme
Committee (1993-1996) and as Head of Earth Observation Strategy (1997-2000).
After a short spell as a Regent's Professor at the University of California,
Professor Southwood was chosen by the ESA Council to become the Director of
Science, a post he has held since May 2001.
The World Science Fiction Convention takes place every year and science fact
plays a major part in the programme. Other participants include Dr Jack Cohen
from the University of Warwick and Dr Geoffrey Landis, award winning author
and member of the science team overseeing the Spirit and Opportunity
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The 2005 World Science Fiction Convention, known as Interaction, will take
place in Glasgow, UK from 4-8 August 2005. More information about Interaction,
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Release Date 6th April 2005