Ryan J. M. Laird

Ryan is a specialist science communicator who enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy and space sciences at every level. He has a very keen interest in space startups and entrepreneurship, working to promote and support the development of new ideas and concepts. He organises startup-related events including the INNOspace Weekend (DLR) and Φ-Week Bootcamp (ESA) to inspire the next generation of space pioneers. In his spare time you can find Ryan either rocking out at a symphonic metal concert or at indulging at a street food festival.

Maria Corrêa Mendes

Science communicator with a special passion for using audiovisual materials (video, photography, graphic design) to bring Science closer to the public. Driven by making the complex and technical, simple and accessible. She has worked with researchers and other professionals at renowned research institutions in different fields of science - Astrophysics, Human Space Flight, Neuroscience and Physics. If Maria is not working on cool space illustrations you can find her either in the tatami doing martial arts or hiking and camping around in the mountains.

Irene Bejenke Walsh

As a venture coach and expert in investor communications, Irene has been a fixture in the European start-up community for the past 18 years, helping more than 800 start-ups across all tech sectors to raise funding, from pre-seed to IPO. More recently, she has become involved with New Space and supported the first two rounds of “Seraphim Space Camp” in 2018, Europe’s first VC-led Space Accelerator. Irene started her career in business journalism for “The Wall Street Journal” and CNBC television before moving into tech PR and starting her own business in 2000.