Bea World Festival
Space Time Concepts
Former Astronaut Instructor at European Space Agency & CEO of Space Time Concepts

Laura Winterling

Space Travel, Now and Then. Between Chances and Coincidences

January 1 — h. 12:25 - 13:00

Taking a trip to outer space might be the stuff of sci-fi for most of us, but soon it could be a viable holiday destination. A few different companies are pioneering space tourism such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic or SpaceX – started by Elon Musk, co-founder of the Tesla electric car company who has promised to take two tourists on a trip around the moon. Then there’s Blue Origin, which was founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Soon it won’t only be Nasa-trained astronauts who can experience the wonder of space travel but what are the challenges? Get insights from Laura Winterling what creative thinking in unknown environments really means and how to manage challenges in modern space flight ventures. Learn from her very own personal experiences gathered as astronaut instructor for the European Space Agency and from her missions around the globe at International Partner Sites like NASA in Houston and Roskosmos in Moscow, as well as Soyuz Rocket Launches from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.


Laura has a M.Sc. Physics from the University of Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany and a M.Sc. Organisational Psychology from UCL, London. She has been an astronaut support officer and astronaut instructor at European Cargo Spaceship ATV, European Space Laboratory Columbus and European Astronaut Centre, Cologne for the European Space Agency. She has been involved in two Sojuz launches in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, a parabolic flight with ESA in Bordeaux, and survival and leadership training with ESA. She has held responsibilities in various Mission Control Centres including Moscow and, Houston and has taught more than 80 international astronauts on space craft and station systems. She is the founder of Space Time Concepts GmbH, is involved in event management for the EAC for ESA in Cologne, and is a speaker on human spaceflight and astronaut training. She is also a life coach. Laura in a few Tweets
  • My passion in life is... motivate and inspire others with positive energy.
  • Others say about me that... I put dedication and discipline in shaping my world and that of others around me.
  • My biggest challenge is... always be that little bit better than yesterday.
  • Creative thinking in events means... showing empathy for the needs of others and seeing things from a different perspective.
  • I share my knowledge at Bea World because... insights and good vibes are best shared with like-minded people.

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