Suzie is a highly experienced public speaker, having delivered inspirational talks and after-dinner speeches at annual conferences, corporate events and away days, music festivals, and panel discussions from the Royal Albert Hall to Hong Kong! She regularly hosts podcast series, conferences, and panel discussions both in person and live-streaming. To enquire about booking Suzie for your event, please use the contact form below.
Suzie was the winner of the 2017 BBC production 'Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?', during which twelve candidates, selected from thousands of applicants, were put through an astronaut selection process, designed by Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield. Mental strength, physical ability, emotional resilience, teamwork and resourcefulness were all tested during the six-episode series, watched by millions of viewers around the world.
Since the show, Suzie has appeared numerous times live on the BBC providing expert commentary on space news stories, alongside appearances on The Sky at Night, ITV news, and even The Secret Life of Five Year Olds! She has also been featured in a 6-episode Red Bull adventure series (Andes 6K) following her 2016 expedition to climb twelve brutal Andean mountains during a period of just three months.
Suzie has conducted hundreds of radio interviews with local, national and international stations spanning a range of topics from space science and public engagement with research, to the technicalities of high altitude mountaineering and the complexities of setting new routes up unclimbed mountains.
Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester. She specialises in understanding the impact of the Sun and the solar wind on the magnetised planets, a research area known as Space Weather. Suzie is a Co-Investigator on the X-ray spectrometer on board the joint ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft which launched in October 2018 and will arrive at Mercury in 2025. She will use this data to characterise the unique X-ray aurora recently discovered at Mercury.
Suzie was also the winner of the recent BBC 2 series entitled ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’ during which twelve candidates were put through astronaut training with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. She endured challenges such as taking her own blood, speaking Russian while in a centrifuge at 5g and carrying out emergency procedures on the NASA undersea astronaut training facility, Aquarius. Suzie will receive a letter of recommendation from Chris Hadfield to support her application to the European Space Agency astronaut training programme.
Suzie was an England U21 lacrosse player, an elite rower, and is now a high altitude mountaineer. She has written computer code to automatically identify mountains in South America, and found hundreds of mountains that had never been identified before. She sets off annually to scale these incredibly remote, unclimbed mountains, exploring new regions of our planet and even discovering Incan ruins on the summits. She is currently training to be part of Edale Mountain Rescue - a volunteer organisation called out to handle emergencies in the Peak District where she lives.