Biographies of the ESA Reserve Astronauts


Meganne Louise

United Kingdom

United Kingdom
Meganne Christian

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Birthdate:  04.12.1987
Birthplace:  Pembury, Kent / United Kingdom
Marital status:  
Selection date:  23.11.2022
Position:  MSP
Status:  active

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Maiden name: Wyatt. Meganne studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Engineering in industrial chemistry receiving a final grade of Honours Class 1. During her studies she undertook several internships at chemical industries where she worked on optimising and troubleshooting water treatment processes.
From 2010 to 2014 she completed her Doctorate at the University of New South Wales and received her Ph.D. in industrial chemistry with several scholarships such as the University of New South Wales Research Excellence Award. The topic of her thesis was “Core-shell borohydrides for reversible hydrogen storage” where she investigated the design, synthesis and advanced characterisation of nanomaterials for hydrogen storage applications.
Both during her studies and after graduation, she received several national awards for outstanding research in the field of engineering and industrial chemistry.
From 2018 to 2019, Meganne served as a winter-over scientist at the Concordia station in Antarctica for the national research council of Italy, and the Italian National Antarctic Research Programme. As scientist in charge of atmospheric physics and meteorology at the French-Italian research base, she was responsible for various observatories, including radiation, meteorology, stratospheric lidars, chemical and physical atmospheric aerosols and infrared radiation for Antarctic clouds.
She returned to the Concordia Station for a temporary assignment as scientist in charge of the atmospheric physics and meteorology observatories from October 2020 to January 2021.
For these expeditions Meganne was also trained in firefighting, medical aid, rescue, and survival in extreme conditions. She participated in biomedical research run by ESA and various public activities to report about her experiences and activities during the winter-over.
Between 2014 and 2022, Meganne worked as a research fellow and subsequently staff researcher at the Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity and the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems in Bologna, Italy, as part of the EU scientific research initiative Graphene Flagship. During this time, she took part in two parabolic flight campaigns in 2017 and 2021 to test graphene coatings for thermal management in satellites. She successfully issued further articles and award-winning publications and served as ambassador for Graphene Flagship initiatives.
From 2021, Meganne was a lecturer on Problem Solving and Decision Making for businesses, as well as a researcher for the National Research Council of Italy in Bologna, Italy. She is also a start-up founder and CEO of a UK company cultivating technologies for the benefit of humankind.
Meganne's favourite sports include climbing, white-water rafting, and scuba diving. She holds a black belt in Hapkido and enjoys crafts such as sewing, knitting and crochet. Furthermore, Meganne is an avid singer and active in multiple choirs, where she has also acted as board member and assistant choreographer.
For the first time, ESA has established a reserve pool of astronauts. This reserve list is composed of astronaut candidates who were successful throughout the entire selection process but cannot be recruited at this point in time. Astronauts in the reserve remain with their current employers and will receive a consultancy contract and basic support. They will start basic training in case a flight opportunity has been identified.
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Last update on January 28, 2023.