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Bethany Downer

Bethany Downer

Bethany Downer

Professionnal informations

Chief Communications Officer - ESA/Hubble
European Space Agency/Hubble Space Telescope



Region of Bethany Downer
St. John's, NL


  • English
  • French

Activities sectors

  • Astronomy / solar system
  • Careers in space
  • Equity and diversity in STEM
  • Space exploration
  • Microgravity
  • Science satellites

Conferences types

  • Virtual conferences
  • In-person conferences anywhere in the country


Bachelor of Science - Memorial University of Newfoundland Master of Space Studies - International Space University


Bethany is a public communicator who seeks to bring space and astronomy to the general public. She works for various international space organizations to communicate scientific and technical space topics to broader audiences. Bethany believes that being inspired and excited by the space sector starts with strong awareness and comprehension. This results from effective communications and outreach. She is the Chief Communications Officer for the Hubble Space Telescope for the European Space Agency. Bethany has also worked with the International Astronomical Union (IAU100), Space Scoop, the UNESCO International Day of Light, SES Networks, the Space Generation Advisory Council and more. She hopes to complete her first commercial suborbital spaceflight within the next 10 years. Bethany holds a master’s degree in space studies and is the youngest recipient of Memorial University’s Horizon Alumni Award (2018). In 2019, she received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from Canada’s Governor General. Bethany works from home in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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