*Please note change of date from 7 May 2020 to 6 May 2021*
The West of England Business Dinner will provide a great opportunity for you to entertain valued clients and staff, generate new business connections and to strengthen your network with key contacts from across the South West business community.
Contact: Karen Evans
Note: Table sizes are a maximum of 10.
Early bird rates
Ticket prices until 29 February 2020:
£95 + vat per ticket
£950 + vat for a table of 10.
Major Tim Peake
Tim Peake was the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut to travel to the International Space Station. Previously an Army Air Corp officer and test pilot, his work on the ISS and active engagement with the public back on Earth has made him a household name and role model to millions.
Having first flown as a teenager, Tim applied to the Army Air Corp and after serving on the ground in Northern Ireland gained his wings and served in search and rescue. He worked providing humanitarian aid in the aftermath of the Bosnian war, trained the first British Apache helicopter crews, and supported Special Forces in Afghanistan.
Following a distinguished military career and rising to the rank of major, and a period as a test pilot in the private sector, Tim applied to the ESA’s astronaut programme. Beating over 9,000 other applicants, he undertook a gruelling training programme that covered everything from living in Sardinian caves to spending 12 days underwater.
Travelling to the ISS on board a Soyuz vessel, Tim and two fellow astronauts led the Principia mission, a six-month scientific research mission. Tim undertook over 250 experiments, a spacewalk to repair the ISS power supply, helped to dock two spacecraft, and piloted a simulated Mars exploration. Much of his mission focused on not just the scientific work of the ISS but in communicating it to the public. In regular contact via video and social media with Earth, Tim spoke to over 1.5 million schoolchildren across Europe from 400km above the planet. He even ran the London Marathon on a treadmill and delivered a New Year’s message on the BBC.
In speeches Tim looks at everything from the future of spaceflight to the lessons he’s learnt about leadership and teamwork. He discusses control, risk, decision-making and performing in high-pressured environments. He considers the concept of ‘followership’, where individual skills and goals take second place to supporting the group leader. He touches on the demands this places on two-way communication, problem solving, and the importance of understanding everyone’s role and strengths in order to be an asset to the team and to the leader. Tim also shares his thoughts on the future of medicine, science and space research; what it feels like to look down on earth and see its extraordinary beauty and fragility; how technology can both empower and threaten; and various astronaut anecdotes, from space docking dilemmas to what happens when you think a UFO is heading towards you.
Tim is a passionate ambassador for STEM subjects, appearing extensively in the media speaking about the importance of science. In his book Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space, Tim answers all the most common questions on life in space, from the feeling of travelling at 8km per second to sleeping and eating in weightlessness.
Aerospace Bristol is an aerospace museum at Filton, Bristol. The project is run by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust and houses a varied collection of exhibits, including Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the final Concorde to be built and the last to fly.
The museum is situated on Filton Airfield and the main exhibition is housed in a First World War Grade II listed hangar, with Concorde situated in a new, purpose-built hangar, where our Dinner will be held.
The exhibition covers over 100 years of aviation history through two world wars, exploring the role of aircraft in these conflicts, through the drama and technological advances of the space race and on to the modern day.
The collection contains over 8,000 artefacts. There are several Bristol-built aircraft including Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, a Bristol Scout, a Bristol Fighter and a Blenheim IV (World War II Bristol Bolingbroke bomber, under restoration), as well as many scaled models. The exhibition is themed around seven different eras of aviation with a separate hangar that celebrates the story of Concorde and its local connection.
There is plenty of free, on-site parking at the venue.
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