Elizabeth Seward

Senior Strategist – Space Systems, Airbus Defence and Space

Elizabeth Seward has over 15 years of experience in the space industry and is a Senior Strategist for the Space Systems division of Airbus Defence and Space.  Previous roles include leading the Earth Observation, Navigation and Science marketing team, thermal engineering and mission systems engineering in the future programmes team, where she worked on projects such as the first study for the ExoMars rover and a mission to return a sample from an asteroid.

Elizabeth is the chair of Women in Aerospace Europe UK local group, promoting women in the aerospace industry. She is also active in the International Astronautical Federation, sitting on the Entrepreneurship and Investment committee, the Honours and Awards committee, the GEOSS committee and is a previous vice chair and continuing committee member of the Workforce Development and Young Professionals Committee.

As a STEM outreach ambassador, Elizabeth has presented to groups and schools, and has made appearances as a space expert in various media.

Elizabeth has an MPhys degree in Physics with Space Science & Technology from the University of Leicester.


Programme sessions

11:00 – 12:00

Space technologies to watch in 2019 and beyond

Oxfordshire has a key role to play in helping the UK space industry reach its target of 10% of the global space market by 2030. With 80 space organisations employing 800 people, Harwell Space Cluster is already home to many companies with leading edge, innovative space technology. This all female panel will highlight the technologies that are leading to step-changes in the UK space industry and let you know which companies to follow in 2019 and beyond.

Who should attend?  Anyone who wants to know more about the UK space sector the exciting developments within it and the innovative technologies that are changing the sector forever. The people you will be hearing from will be major players in the future of the space industry, so see them here first!

Location: John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre
Speakers: Shahida Barick, Joanna Hart, Rain Irshad, Elizabeth Seward and Shefali Sharma

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