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Dr Julia Knights is Deputy Director of the Science Museum with oversight of exhibitions, curatorial, visitor experience & operations. Julia joined the Museum from the Senior Civil Service as Deputy Director Energy and Climate Science at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Prior to this, Julia spent 12 years as a diplomat in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office heading up the science teams in East China, Russia, Brazil, Argentina & Chile. During this time, Julia managed large science programmes including a £150 million fund for UK-Brazil research in climate, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture and tropical medicine. Julia also designed and led science diplomacy campaigns including the UK-Brazil Year of Science 2018-2019; UK-Brazil climate lecture series at Rio 2016 Olympics and the UK-Russia Year of Space 2011. Julia holds a BSc Hons in soil science, an MSc in crop protection and a PhD in soil & climate biogeochemistry. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology & a Policy Fellow of the Cambridge University Centre for Science & Policy.

Dr Julia Knights, Deputy Director of the Science Museum, celebrates the recent achievements of astronaut Christina Koch whilst emphasising the key role women play in STEM and space exploration.