Universe-changing research

To mark this year's Space Week (Oct 4-10), discover pioneering research work taking place at the University — and meet some of the researchers behind it

Space research helps address fundamental questions about our place in the Universe and allows us to prove or disprove scientific theories developed on Earth, such as gravity, the atmosphere and the geological evolution of other planets.

While the public imagination is often focused on space exploration such as rockets, spacecraft, and Mars missions, space science also has a huge impact on our lives on Earth keeping us connected, improving our health and protecting the environment – and through our globally-important research and innovation in space technologies, the University of Portsmouth is working to strengthen the UK as a world-class space nation.

Our Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) is a world-leading astronomy centre with an international reputation for research excellence that covers theoretical cosmology, observational cosmology, extragalactic astrophysics, and gravitational waves. ICG scientists are also turning their expertise at analysing astronomical data to solve problems on Earth. For example, they work with geographers and others to predict natural disasters and combat climate change and are using algorithms used for detecting exploding stars to spot changes in moles to detect early warning signs for skin cancer.

The University also plays a critical role in supporting space industries in the UK: we're home to ASTA Technology, the UK’s only ESA-accredited provider of space engineering training, and the lead partner of the South Coast Centre of Excellence for Satellite Applications.

The UN's World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of global society, which is held each year from October 4-10.

On this page, you'll find a selection of the standout space-related work happening across the University. And to mark World Space Week 2021, we're celebrating ‘Women in Space’ and recognising the accomplishments and contributions of women working in the space sector at the University – and how they're blazing a trail that's inspiring the next generation.

Celebrating Women in Space

Find out more about the research work being done by three of our leading space-focused researchers.


Read in-depth features on the pioneering work being done by our researchers.


Read news stories from the University on our latest space-related research.


Find out more about our innovation activities, recent space-related projects and more.


Explore our Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) and the space-related research taking place in our Future & Emerging Technologies theme.

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