Chris Welch

Chris is Director of Masters Programs at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. He has BSc in Physics, an MSc in space physics and a PhD in spacecraft engineering. For the BIS, Chris is a member of the Education and Outreach Committee, the Events Committee and the JBIS Advisory Board. He is also a Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation Space and Education and Outreach Committee and is also on the board and Executive Committee of the World Space Week Association, Deputy Chair of the Advisory Council of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Moon Village Association and the ROOM journal.

Chris joined the Society in 1979 and was elected a Fellow in 1984 and is former BIS Vice-President.  In 2021, he was elected as the next President of the BIS.

As a former chair of UKSEDS, Chris believes that connecting with students and young professionals is vital in order for the Society to grow and develop. In parallel, the Society must continue its work towards achieving a significantly higher profile with the general public to publicise both space and itself and must also link and work with other space-related organisations and groups. Keen on all aspects of space – not just the technical ones – Chris has written what he believes to be the first-ever paper on the design of extraterrestrial gardens and has a poem in orbit on the International Space Station.