Chris Hadfield to speak at Glasgow Science Centre event

Astronaut Chris Hadfield will appear at the Question of Science event at Glasgow Science Centre in October this year. Picture: Mark Sutherland/Hemedia
Astronaut Chris Hadfield will appear at the Question of Science event at Glasgow Science Centre in October this year. Picture: Mark Sutherland/Hemedia
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Colonel Chris Hadfield, the astronaut who made headlines performing David Bowie’s Space Oddity from the International Space Station, has been announced as the keynote speaker at this year’s Question of Science event at Glasgow Science Centre.

Colonel Hadfield will tell tales of his exploration as the first Canadian to walk in space and give a personal account about his days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) at the Science Centre’s annual dinner. He will discuss the future of space, his return to Earth and that famous Bowie-tribute video, as well as answering questions from the audience.

Scottish comedian and radio presenter Fred MacAulay will host the evening which consists of a corporate three course dinner to celebrate the Centre’s achievements with an interactive fun scientific quiz for businesses and academics on 12 October 2016.

The Question of Science event has been running since 2011 and Colonel Hadfield joins a strong alumni of speakers including Dara O’Briain, Professor Robert Winston, Professor Brian Cox, Professor Jim Al Khalili and Olympian and sports scientist Greg Whyte.

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Colonel Chris Hadfield said: “Glasgow Science Centre is doing fantastic work to promote learning and educational initiatives focusing on space and other scientific fields, and I am honoured to be part of a long line up of excellent guests as part of their annual Question of Science event.

“Scotland has a great and growing reputation amongst the international scientific community and I very much looking forward to my upcoming visit to the Glasgow Science Centre to find out more about their important work.”

Dr Stephen Breslin, CEO of Glasgow Science Centre, said: “Chris was the perfect guest for this year’s event as space is such a hot topic right now, particularly for Britain with ESA astronaut Tim Peake currently aboard the ISS.

“He has a unique story to tell and the Question of Science event will be the perfect setting to hear of his adventures and discoveries as well as his exclusive take on the space industry.

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“The evening is always a great night of high-calibre networking, with scientific twists and turns along the way. This year’s event is destined to be out-of-this-world and we look forward to hosting businesses and friends of the Science Centre in October as well as finding out who will take home that all importance Question of Science trophy.”

Tickets are available to buy at £100 a seat or £1,000 for a table of 10. More information can be found on the Glasgow Science Centre website.

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