Sunderland astrophysicist chosen for European space workshop

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AN astrophysicist from Sunderland has been chosen to take part in a European space workshop.

Dr Steve Wrathmall is one of 40 teachers from across Europe to be going to the European Space Agency, ESA, in August to attend a workshop aimed at ensuring physics taught in schools is kept up to date with the latest breakthroughs in space research.

The select group, chosen from thousands of applications, have been tasked to return to their countries and hold workshops for other teachers in their region to pass on the latest data. Dr Wrathmall, is delighted to be only one of two teachers representing the UK at the event in Holland at the Space Age Centre where he will be able to see the latest in space technology. 

ESA works to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our solar system and the universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services and to promote European industries.

Dr Wrathmall, who works at Barnard Castle School, said: “Astrophysics is one of my passions and I find it extremely rewarding to help others share that enthusiasm.

“I think it is so important to have an appreciation of outer space and given that only one per cent of it has been explored, who knows what else is out there.”

Dr Wrathmall will also be supporting Durham University this summer in a workshop being run to promote science.