Principia Schools Conference

To celebrate the imaginative work linked to Tim Peake’s Principia mission the UK Space Agency is organising a pair of schools conferences where children of all ages can present their work to leading space experts and Tim Peake.


  • 4-7
  • 7-11
  • 11-14
  • 14-16
  • 16-18

This competition is now closed.

These conferences will take place at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 2 November 2016 and the University of York on Saturday 5 November 2016.  Attendance at the conferences will be free, with travel bursaries available to help with the cost of getting to the venues.

w5-SPACEevent-9 Cropped for WebBritish ESA astronaut Tim Peake will be in attendance at both events, subject to operational requirements.

Each conference will include presentations and displays from the young people invited to attend, keynote talks from leading figures and the opportunity to meet and talk to experts from the space industry and the many Principia education programmes.  In addition to each conference day, there will also be an  accompanying day of workshops and talks, which conference attendees may join if they wish to.

Starchaser rocket workshopApproximately 500 young people will be able to attend each conference.  Individuals and groups are able to apply for places by submitting short reports highlighting the work that they are doing which is connected to the Principia mission. Applications could cover any subject area, from science, engineering and maths to art, film, history or fitness. Applications can come from individuals, a small group, extracurricular groups, a class, a whole school or any other group that has used Tim’s mission as a context for learning.

All applications must have been received at the UK Space Agency by 12 noon on Thursday 15 September 2016

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