BIS Prestige Lecture – Wally Funk’s Race for Space, one of the NASA Mercury 13 and American aviator

Speakers: Wally Funk and Sue Nelson

Date: Tuesday 16 October 2018
Start Time: 7 pm
End Time: 8 pm

Venue: BIS, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

We regret to say that Wally is no longer able to appear so Sue will now give a solo presentation about Wally; the evening will still include wine and nibbles. We apologise for this change.


Wally Funk (born February 1, 1939) is an American aviator and Goodwill Ambassador. Funk was one of the Mercury 13. She was the first female air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, the first civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the first Federal Aviation Agency inspector.

Sue Nelson currently co-produces/presents the award winning Space Boffins podcast whose guests have included astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Tim Peake, Eileen Collins, Helen Sharman, Gene Cernan, Chris Hadfield and Samantha Cristoforetti. During her extensive broadcasting career, Sue has covered everything from cloning, species extinction and disease outbreaks to GM crops, eclipses and exploding rockets. She has driven a moon buggy on a London street alongside the last man to walk on the Moon, Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan. Her award winning 2016 documentary ‘Women with the Right Stuff’, on the history of women in space, was one of BBC World Service’s most-listened-to podcasts.

Doors open at 6 pm for drinks and canapes (included in the price) and the lecture starts at 7 pm, with a Q&A session at 8pm. Doors close at 9 pm.

Pre-booking is essential as seating is limited, and early booking is advised.

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