Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock MBE – British Space Scientist

Inspirational Keynote Speaker -

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is one of Britain’s best known space scientists and the co-presenter of The Sky At Night.

She is best known as an English space scientist and co-presenter of the programme The Sky at Night.

Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock’s passion is presenting science to a general audience to make them participate in and enjoy science. Her programme Do We Really Need the Moon? on BBC 2, which explored our intimate relationship with the moon, showed just that.

Maggie is also a prolific inventor and tinkerer, creating numerous bespoke scientific tools and instruments, including a hand-held landmine detector and optical work on the James Webb space telescope and the Gemini Observatory.

Overcoming The Odds

Maggie’s path to success is an inspiring story in itself. Coming from a working class background and brought up on council estates, she was diagnosed as dyslexic as a child and placed in the remedial class, bouncing between fourteen different schools.

She went on to attain 4 A-levels, earned a BSc in Physics at UCL and a doctorate in mechanical engineering.

Beyond her career – that has led her from the Ministry of Defence to the BBC – Maggie has two driving forces behind her work – bringing the science of space to the masses, and inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Maggie’s enthusiasm and deep knowledge have made her a hit with children and adults alike.

Her company Science Innovation Ltd works to engage and share her passion for space and science with people across the world and young people.

She inspires audiences

Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock speaking


In her illuminating and inspiring presentations Maggie Aderin-Pocock shares invaluable insights on how science and technology affects our lives.

Her remarks are of great interest for decision makers from all businesses.

A selection of Maggie Aderin Pocock’s talks

The Power to Dream
The Dawn of a New Space Era
Inspiring Scientist
Women in Science: The Challenge
Follow Your Dreams

Recent Awards Received

  • Awarded Honorary Fellowship from the British Science Association
  • Awarded a third STFC Fellowship in Science in Society, held at UCL
  • Invited on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs aired 7th March
  • Winner of Red Magazines “Red’s Hot Women” Award in the pioneering category
  • UK Power List, Listed as one of the UK top 100 most influential black people
  • Awarded Honorary PhD from Staffordshire University

Speaking Fees: under £10,000

She did very well indeed – we wanted a speaker who would enthuse and inspire and Maggie’s natural enthusiasm is infectious and although her work is more focused on ‘space’ her more general message about reaching high and being bold was equally strong