Wednesday 14 November 8:00pm


Space Travel, its Effect on Human Physiology and Psychology and The Role of Artificial Gravity


Martin Braddock

Martin Braddock is a professional scientist and project manager working in the field of drug discovery and development with 34 years experience of working in academic institutes and large corporate organisations. He holds a BSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Radiation Biology is a former Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. Martin has published extensively and is a member of several scientific advisory boards.


Martin is passionate about all aspects of Astronomy, Cosmology and Astrobiology and is enrolled on the Open University’s MSc degree in Space Sciences and Technology. He is a member of the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in May 2015. He is interested in the effects of gravitational extremes on physiology, ergonomics of space craft design and the development of Space Medicine

Meetings held at:

The View (Formerly Fairway Tavern)

Panshanger Golf Complex

Old Herns Lane,

Welwyn Garden City,



Tel:01707 336007

Membership details:


● £20 per year*


● Non-members £3.50 first 3 meetings  then annual membership subscription due pro rata for remaining meetings.


● Free to under-18s and full-time students. Proof of status may be required


● Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

What happens at our meetings?


Doors open at 7:00 for the meeting due to start at 8:00 but several club members and friends gather before this to have a drink and chat in the bar.


Following welcome announcements we have a guest speaker who speaks on the subject of the evening for about 45 - 60 minutes.  This is followed by questions relating to the talk.


Announcements about forthcoming events follow.


You can then choose from the following activities:


1. If the weather is clear telescopes and binoculars brought by members are set up outside for some observation.  Members doing so will be pleased to share their scopes with others.


2. If you need help with some equipment then now is your chance to bring it in.  Others in our club will be more than willing to help you.  Don’t be shy, we get just as excited about a telescope bought at the charity shop for £20 as we do one costing many times more.


3. Just socialise with others - about anything!


We look forward to seeing you.  No need to book - just turn up.


Proposed Programme for 2018-19

(Subject to Change)

September 12th

Roger O'Brien

'oumuamua and other things out there

October 10th

*Mark Thompson

(note change of speaker)

The Bayfordbury Observatory

November 14th

Martin Braddock

Artificial Gravity

December 12th

Alice Sheppard

Galaxy Zoo

January 9th

Martin Hardcastle

Surveying the sky for radio galaxies

*Note: this event is being held in:

Millstream Room, Tewin Bury Farm

February 13th

Paul Money

Images of the Universe - Part 3

March 13th

Alistair Scott

Britain in Space

April 10th

John Timmins

Telescope Choices

May 8th

Bob Marriott

Silver-on-Glass Revolution and AGM

June 12th

Jerry Stone

Apollo 11 - 50 years on the Moon