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Kathie Bowden, Space Agency UK

Kathie is currently the National Point of Contact for Skills and Careers Development with the UK Space Agency and the Institute for Environmental Analytics. She has over 30 years’ experience of the application of space data within industry and academia. Kathie is a geologist with degree from UCL and postgraduate diploma from the University of Northern Arizona where she specialised in remote sensing applications.

Kathie started her career at BP Minerals (now Rio Tinto), establishing their remote sensing unit before moving to the National Remote Sensing Centre (now Airbus Defence and Space, Geo-intelligence). Following this she set up a successful consultancy which delivered the highly acclaimed ‘Windows on the World’ CD rom which was distributed to over 1.6 million households via the Sunday Times. The CD was a powerful tool to educate the general public to the benefits and potential value of earth observation.

More recently Kathie has been instrumental in the skills agenda for the space sector. She is working in collaboration with the UK Space Agency, Satellite Applications Catapult and industry to address skills gaps within the sector. One of the initiatives she is leading is the national Space Placements in INdustry scheme which connects bright and motivated students with companies and other space sector organisations. 

Kathie is a member of the Geological Remote Sensing Group, of which she was the founding Chair and is also a Fellow and past Chair of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, awarded the Founder’s Medal for Services to the Society in 2008.