Chris Welch is Professor of Space Engineering at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.
Prof Welch is a member of the Horizon 2020 Space Advisory group and Vice President for Education and Workforce Development of the International Astronautical Federation. Prof Welch is also a Vice-President, Council Member and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics.
A longstanding supporter of space education and outreach activities Prof Welch sits on the boards of the World Space Week Association and the Advisory Board of the Space Generation Advisory Council. In 2009 he was awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education. Other board memberships include the Arts Catalyst and the Initiative for Interstellar Studies.
Prof Welch has BSc (Hons) in Physics from Cardiff University, an MSc in Space Physics from the University of Leicester and PhD in Spacecraft Engineering from Cranfield University.