Space Conference to orbit ICC Wales in 2019

UK Space Agency chooses host venue for biennial event, which will attract 1,200 experts on all things extraterrestrial.

The UK Space Agency has confirmed the new International Convention Centre (ICC) Wales as the host venue for its 2019 UK Space Conference.

This is the largest event so far secured for ICC Wales, with more than 1,200 delegates and around 180 speakers expected to attend.

Dr Graham Turnock, CEO of the UK Space Agency, said: "We are working with the space sector to build on our significant capability and maximise the benefits of space to life on Earth, creating jobs and opportunities across the country.

"The UK Space Conference is a fantastic event for sparking the kind of collaborations and partnerships that will help our sector grow. I am delighted that Wales will be hosting the 2019 conference and I’m sure it will build on the huge success of the 2017 conference in Manchester." 

Taking place from 9-11 July, the UK Space Conference is considered the most influential event for the space community, bringing together government, industry and academia.

The biennial conference has been held previously in Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester, with the first held in 2011 in Warwick.

Welcoming the announcement, ICC Wales chief executive Ian Edwards said: "This is exactly the type of event we envisaged hosting when we initiated bold plans to build ICC Wales with its vast capacities, and we look forward to securing many more important conferences on this scale. This will bring huge benefits to the local economy in Wales."

Speakers at the 2017 UK Space Conference included British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake, one of the most inspirational figures in the UK space sector, who spoke in the closing plenary.

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