Laura Winterling speaker

Laura Winterling

Physicist, former astronaut trainer at ESA and keynote speaker

CEO of Space Time Concepts GmbH, European Astronaut Centre and one of the final 30 candidates for 'Die Astronautin' programme.

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She Means Business 2018: Women in Space

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About Laura Winterling

Laura Winterling shares her unique and interesting career experiences in Human Space Flight at functions and events. She gives audiences exclusive insights in modern space flight ventures accompanied by her own personal experiences gathered around the globe at International Partner Sites like NASA in Houston and Roskosmos in Moscow, as well as Soyuz Rocket Launches from Baikonur, Kasachstan.

Laura has a MSc. in Physics from the University of Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany and a MSc. in Organisational Psychology from UCL, London. She has been an astronaut support officer and astronaut instructor at European Cargo Spaceship ATV, European Space Laboratory Columbus and European Astronaut Centre, Cologne for the European Space Agency. 

Laura has been teaching spacecraft systems to international and European astronauts for over a decade. With a background in physics she became an Astronaut Instructor for the European Space Agency in the field of spacecraft systems and spacecraft sensors. As a member of two of ESAs main Astronaut Training Teams she was responsible for the training of the dynamic phases of ESAs Cargo Vessel ATV and the Lift Support System of ESAs space laboratory Columbus.

The International Space Station (ISS) Program also gave her the chance of teaching flight controllers in various Mission Control Centers around the globe. She spent time in Toulouse, France, Moscow and Houston, was sitting in during real-time operations on board the ISS and observed 2 manned Sojuz launches in Kasachstan.

She has taught more than 80 international astronauts on space craft and station systems. 

She is the founder of Space Time Concepts GmbH,  and with a love for human spaceflight she has now taken over part of the Event Management at the European Astronaut Centre, Cologne, Germany. With 10 years of work experience in the space business she is an accomplished motivational speaker, presenter and life coach.


Laura presents predominantly in German and English and can also speak Russian and Italian. She has presented and moderated for a variety of organisations including:

  • spaceX
  • Talanx
  • Tesla
  • Allen Overy
  • Apleona
  • Ascon
  • DEVK
  • Dumont
  • expoAIR
  • H Hotels
  • IMEX
  • Post Bank Insurances
  • RWE

CV Overview

  • German Abitur, Bayern
  • M.Sc. Physics (Diplom Physik), Universität Bayreuth
  • M.Sc. Organizational Psychology, UCL (still ongoing)
  • Astronaut Support Officer, ESA 2007
  • Astronaut Instructor, ESA 2008 - 2016
  • CEO, Space Time Concepts GmbH, since 2016 

Interesting Facts

  • Parabolic Flight (31 parabolas, NoveSpace, Bordeaux, ESA Flight campaign 2010)
  • Souyz Launches (Oct2013, May 2014)
  • Astronaut Training Development and Implementation 2008-2016
  • Survival Training Units

Some of the astronauts trained by Laura

  • Alexander Gerst (Germany)
  • Thomas Pesquet (France)
  • Timothy Peake (UK)
  • Andreas Mogensen (Denmark)
  • Samantha Cristoferetti (Italy)
  • Luca Parmitano (Italy)
  • Paolo Nespoli (Italy)
  • Andre Kuipers (Netherlands)
  • Sunita Williams (NASA)
  • Kevin Ford (NASA)
  • Ron Garan (NASA)
  • Don Petit (NASA)
  • Dan Burbank (NASA)
  • Terry Virts (NASA)
  • Mike Fossum (NASA)
  • Chris Cassidy (NASA)
  • Peggy Wittson (NASA)
  • Mark Van De Hei (NASA)
  • Reid Wiseman (NASA)
  • Chris Hadfield (CSA)
  • David Saint Jaques (CSA)
  • Koichi Wakata (Japan, NASA)
  • Aki Hoshide (Japan, NASA)
  • Several Russian Cosmonauts (eg Sergei Volkov, Anatoli Ivanishin, Maxim Suraev, Fjodr Jurchikin, Oleg Kotov, Oleg Kononeko, Elena …, … Padalka, Anton Shkaplerov,)

Speaking Topics

Laura speaks on an extensive and extraordinary variety of topics, often connecting human spaceflight with other key business areas. She can tailor every presentation to your needs and preferences.

(Human) Spaceflight is a highly flexible and formable field and therefore suitable for all kinds of different genres, companies, working areas and fields of interest. Topics that Laura can address include (but are not limited to):

  • Leadership & Followership
  • Efficient Decision Making
  • Living and Working under Stressful Situations
  • Group Forming
  • Efficient Communication
  • Culture of Mistakes – Why We Need Mistakes to Grow
  • Visions & Change 
  • Astronaut Training and Life Onboard the ISS
  • Women in Male Dominated Working Fields – How to Become What You Are
  • “Mission I’m Possible – Motivational Speech about Chances and Coincidences
  • “Stop Wishing” – MotivAction – Beyond Motivational Coaching

    All topics can be linked to human spaceflight, astronaut training, astronaut missions to the space station and daily life and work issues that astronauts encounter during spaceflights. 


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