Helen Sharman OBE



Helen Sharman is a pioneer, a role model for young people (of all ages!), and an inspirational speaker.

She became the first British Astronaut when, in May 1991, she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spent 8 days orbiting the Earth, living and working on the MIR Space Station.

Helen celebrated her 25th Anniversary in 2016, with her astronaut and cosmonaut colleagues.

She was selected from over 13,000 applicants but didn’t think she stood a chance of being chosen when she applied, after hearing an advert on the radio on her way home after work.

Two people were chosen for the rigorous training but only one – Helen – went into Space.

But Helen was exactly the right person - calm, practical, friendly, professional and a team player.

A superb speaker, Helen enthuses her audience about Space, STEM and the wonders of science. She describes the meticulous training and preparation, learning Russian, launch and landing, how weightlessness feels, her science experiments, the team spirit, and readjusting to life on Earth.  

She is invited to speak globally at corporate, public, government, academic and school events. Depending on the brief, she can include a wide variety of topics including Living in Space, training to be an astronaut, teamwork, leadership, communication and motivation.

Her presentation includes slides, many of which she took herself during her time on MIR.

Helen Sharman was awarded the OBE in 1993. In the New Year Honours List of 2018, she was further awarded a rare and special honour, being made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to Science and Technology Educational Outreach.

She received the CMG from Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle in February 2018.

Her new book will be launched this Summer.

"We were very impressed that Helen added special details showing she’d taken time to really understand our audience. Great feedback from everyone – they loved her!

Oxfordshire FWI

“Helen was professional, knowledgeable, warm, kind, funny, generous and downright inspiring – everything we’d wish for in a speaker. A perfect fit for our Festival. It was an absolute pleasure to welcome her. Thank you so much for taking that extra time (even though it meant that you missed your train) to do the ‘meet and greet’ afterwards, it was a really special moment for those visitors, something that they’ll always remember. We had lovely feedback through our social media channels”.

What If? Festival at We The Curious, Bristol, UK

“It was such a joy to be in the audience and to hear Helen Sharman yesterday. Without fear of contradiction, every one of our 600 guests were totally enthralled and fascinated by her presentation. Many, many thanks”.

Oxfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes

“Helen was so knowledgeable, engaging and charming – thanks for letting us “borrow her” for a few hours to inspire us all."

Coast2Coast Teaching Alliance, UK (special conference for school teachers of Science, STEM, and other subjects.)

“Amazing presentation from Helen Sharman. Totally on-point. Hit all the right notes. Superb. Recommended without hesitation.”

BNP Paribas London

“Helen Sharman was outstanding. She made a real impact on our pupils and provided a brilliant talk at our School Prize Giving celebration."

Ditcham Park School

“Helen Sharman was brilliant finale to our Conference. We could have listened to Helen for much longer!! She was truly excellent and highly inspirational”.

Association of Inner Wheel Clubs UK & Ireland

“An absolutely brilliant speaker, who engaged the whole Tees Valley and so many young people. Superb!”

Mark Tilling, Headteacher, High Tunstall College of Science

“Helen Sharman was SO well received by the capacity audience. The applause for her was prolonged and the feedback overwhelmingly positive."

Norwich Science Festival, 2018

“Helen’s presentations were incredibly well received by all delegates. Feedback has been excellent. She was charming, engaging and informative."

NHS Confederation

“Such amazing feedback about Helen Sharman! Thanks again.”

Leeds festival



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