Alasdair Hamilton

Alasdair Hamilton

Consul General & Deputy Governor to the Pitcairn Islands

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28th November 2019 Auckland, New Zealand

Alasdair Hamilton

by Alasdair Hamilton

Consul General & Deputy Governor to the Pitcairn Islands

Finding Pulsars: Radio Astronomy & Space science outreach in rural China

“The greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown. There is no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.” If you can identify this quote and who said it then you have done well. If not you may be surprised. I’ll come back with an answer […]

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11th January 2019 Auckland, New Zealand

Alasdair Hamilton

by Alasdair Hamilton

Consul General & Deputy Governor to the Pitcairn Islands

The Far Side

That term has practically slipped away into the ether since the retirement of the wonderful cartoonist Gary Larsson in 1995. But as all space watchers will be only too acutely aware it is a term that has dominated the electronic and print media since the landing of the Chang’e 4 Rover on the South Pole-Aitken […]

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23rd August 2018 Auckland, New Zealand

Alasdair Hamilton

by Alasdair Hamilton

Consul General & Deputy Governor to the Pitcairn Islands

A Tour of UK Science Excellence

Some of you may have read in the press earlier this year that a scientific algorithm suggested that Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire is one of the 7 best places to live in the world. Subjective as that result may be it is also worth noting that Hebden Bridge is pretty much located in the […]

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2nd August 2018 Auckland, New Zealand

Alasdair Hamilton

by Alasdair Hamilton

Consul General & Deputy Governor to the Pitcairn Islands

Teachers! (Don’t) Leave those Kids Alone (teach them more science)

It was a pleasure to welcome back the National Space Academy to Beijing last week to undertake further master teaching classes, and in the process showcase a model of education that excites and inspires. My previous blogs have explored the style of teaching, so I do not need to repeat here. Moreover the added bonus […]

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25th January 2018 Auckland, New Zealand

Alasdair Hamilton

by Alasdair Hamilton

Consul General & Deputy Governor to the Pitcairn Islands

Gateway to Space

In my previous blogs I have informed about the support the UK Science & Innovation Network (SIN) is providing to the UK’s National Space Academy (NSA) in China; helping to spread an inspirational model of teaching which uses Space Science in the context of teaching STEM subjects. The core objective is to get more children […]

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21st September 2017 Auckland, New Zealand

Alasdair Hamilton

by Alasdair Hamilton

Consul General & Deputy Governor to the Pitcairn Islands

Space Science & Cows

In this blog I will provide an update on the annual UK-China Space Workshop, recently held in Edinburgh, as well as talk about cows and innovative technology that monitors their health. The two are not really connected. But there is a good story to tell, so please bear with me. The annual UK-China Space Workshop […]

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28th June 2017 Auckland, New Zealand

Alasdair Hamilton

by Alasdair Hamilton

Consul General & Deputy Governor to the Pitcairn Islands

Space Science: The Next Generation

It was my pleasure to work with Professor Anu Ojha, Director of the National Space Academy (NSA), last week during his visit to Beijing. In my previous blog on this subject I highlighted the innovative space education model the NSA was introducing to China and how this was embraced by Chinese teachers and students. Well […]

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27th October 2016 Auckland, New Zealand

Alasdair Hamilton

by Alasdair Hamilton

Consul General & Deputy Governor to the Pitcairn Islands

Teaching Space Science in the Classroom: An Innovative Education Programme from the UK National Space Academy

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a cosmonaut and an astronaut? Or why most rocket launch sites are near the equator? Or actually how far above your head is Space? Well I’ve got answers to those at the foot of this blog. But another thing you might want to ask yourself (particularly […]

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About Alasdair Hamilton

Alasdair took up his role as Consul General Auckland and Deputy Governor of the Pitcairn Islands in January 2021. His previous role was Head of Science & Innovation at the…

Alasdair took up his role as Consul General Auckland and Deputy Governor of the Pitcairn Islands in January 2021.

His previous role was Head of Science & Innovation at the British Embassy in Beijing. Prior to that he was Deputy Head of Ukraine Team in London. Alasdair has done a range of political, consular and trade support roles in previous postings to Accra, Jerusalem, Jakarta, Freetown, Port Moresby and Kuala Lumpur.

Alasdair is married to Erie Hamilton and they have three children.