The British Interplanetary Society (BIS) has elected Professor Christopher Welch as its new President, following a majority win in a ballot of BIS Council Members.
Christopher Welch is Professor of Space Engineering, Head of the Space Payloads Laboratory and Director of the MSc in Space Studies at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. He has a BSc in Physics, an MSc in space physics and a PhD in spacecraft engineering. For the BIS, Chris is currently a member of the BIS Education and Outreach, Fellowships and Awards, and Constitutional Review committees and a member of the Journal of the British Interplanetary (JBIS) Advisory Board.
Professor Welch is also a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and a former Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation and is currently on the board of the World Space Week Association, is Deputy Chair of the Advisory Council of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies and a member of the Advisory Board of the Moon Village Association and the Editorial Board of the ROOM space journal.
Professor Welch joined the BIS in 1979 and was elected a Fellow in 1984. From today will be known as President-Elect until August, whereby the existing president, Gerry Webb, will officially handover duties and his title.
Professor Welch said “I am thrilled to be heading up the world-renowned BIS as its new president and am very excited for what the future has in store for UK’s space industry and the global space endeavour. I believe that connecting with and empowering students and young professionals is vital in order for the Society to grow and develop. Additionally, we must continue our work towards achieving a significantly higher profile with the general public, bringing more attention to space exploration, advancements in technology, and working effectively with other space-related organisations and groups.”