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Join Oxford Sparks for their first public lecture event, in Lecture Theatre 1 at the Mathematical Institute.

NASA… It’s not just about space. Our lives are changing like never before. They’re being shaped by new technologies that fuse the physical, digital and biological worlds converging to create the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and are set to change things on the ground, and in the air.

Dr. Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, will talk about how this emerging reality is driving projects of the future:

  • using experimental aircraft to test advanced technologies that could transform how we fly, such as commercial super-sonic planes
  • the technologies that can be part of an automated system for safe traffic management of drones
  • new ways of using data from research to create a system that brings a favourite of science-fiction closer to science-fact: the ability to fly instead of drive, on demand through and around our cities

The event is free and open to all - sign up at 

A discovery zone will run from 5pm before the event. If you would like to run an engaging stand about your research (it doesn’t have to be aviation related) please contact