Helen Sharman

The first British Astronaut to Travel to Space & Author of the Autobiography 'Seize the Moment'

  • 1984 – Received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Sheffield
  • Received a doctorate from Birbck College London
  • 1989 – Selected for astronaut training from more than 13,000 applicants
  • 1991 – Launched into space on May 18th
  • 1993 – Wrote an autobiography ‘Seize the Moment’ with Christopher Priest
  • 1992 – Made OBE

Helen Sharman was the first British astronaut to travel to space. Previously working as a chemist, Helen made history when she was selected to take part in astronaut training out of almost 13,000 applicants. Undergoing rigorous flight training in Star City near Moscow, involving extensive physical, mental and medical assessments, as well as testing her ability to learn a foreign language, Helen uses this training experience to provide highly engaging keynote speeches worldwide.

After graduating with a BSc Degree in Chemistry and a PhD, she has since obtained several honorary degrees and fellowships. Chosen to take part in ‘Project Juno’, Helen underwent eighteen months of training and became the first Briton to visit the Mir Space Station, taking on the Soyuz TM-12 mission which lasted eight days and launched on Saturday 18th May 1991. Following her trip into space, Helen was awarded an OBE in 1993 for her pioneering work.

Now working as a science communicator and keynote speaker, Helen uses her unique experience to share her insight on topics such as teamwork, leadership and motivation. Revealing what it was like living and working in space, Helen describes to audiences what weightlessness feels like, the importance of teamwork and how she adjusted to life back on Earth, readily sharing the insightful lessons she learnt along the way. Helen has delivered successful presentations globally, using her unique insight to captivate audiences of all shapes and sizes.

Official Testimonials

Helen Sharman is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:

“We were delighted with our first virtual event, with Helen Sharman, which covered the challenges of working as a team in extreme conditions and in isolation. The results were excellent and much appreciated by the wider group. Helen handled the brief superbly, and she was calm and patient as we worked through the technical details before the event.”

Nick, Chief Financial Officer, Clinigen Group

“The feedback from our event has been overwhelming. You proved a huge hit and very inspiring. We were so thrilled that you were able to join us and even more delighted by your words of wisdom, all delivered in a beautifully self-deprecating way and with a great sense of humour.”

Leading investment bank, London

“Helen’s presentation was fascinating and very absorbing. Her personal manner and ease belied her powerful message.”

West Sussex FWI

“It was AWESOME, it went super smoothly and Helen was a peach. Her story is amazing!  And the guys at AWS and CC really tied in what they were saying with her.”


Jenny, Gilroy

“Please could you pass on massive thanks to Helen on behalf of all of us at Computacenter and AWS.  We all found her story inspirational and were really honoured to have her be part of our event.  The content tied in beautifully to our own theme and Helen had clearly spent a lot of time and effort in preparing her presentation as her delivery was immaculate”

Justin, Computercentre

To enquire about Helen Sharman for your next virtual event or webinar, simply contact The Online Speakers Agency via agent@virtualonlinespeakersagency.com or call a booking agent on 0203 9317 391.