Lucinda Offer and Rob Adlard (new chair of the Manchester chapter) at the BBC Media City
Lucinda Offer and Rob Adlard (new chair of the Manchester chapter) at the BBC Media City

It’s been a busy few days for the new society, greatly aided by the visit to our city by Lucinda Offer, the Executive Director of the Mars Society USA. Lucinda worked extremely hard on her visit, not only taking time to learn about our great city’s heritage when it comes to science and innovation, but carrying out a busy round of interviews on TV, Radio and with print media.

 

Lucinda Offer ready to speak with the BBC's Roger Johnson
Lucinda Offer ready to speak with the BBC’s Roger Johnson. The inevitability of Mars being in the news was partly luck, and partly our chosen time to launch the society.

 

The inevitability of Mars in the news was a calculation in the launching of this chapter in Manchester. We chose the close proximity in time to The Martian Movie, and Buzz Aldrin’s world tour (speaking about Mars). Other developments that occurred which we could not have predicted were things like the water on mars announcement by NASA, and the subsequent announcements by NASA about updates to their Journey To Mars.

 

 

On Friday, the new Chairman (and co founder) of the Manchester Chapter, Rob Adlard, spoke on BBC radio with Andy Crane. Sunday then saw Lucinda appear on BBC national TV, Breakfast news TWICE – possibly the first time the Mars Society has been national news in the UK!

Lucinda also appeared on That’s Manchester TV, and was interviewed by Mancunian Matters with an article to appear shortly. Finally, Lucinda and Rob both appeared on BBC Radio Manchester, staying in the studio for at least on hour speaking repeatedly in between other segments in the show.

“I loved how those guys operate, so slick, so entertaining” said Lucinda Offer “it was an absolute pleasure to visit the BBC in Media City”.

It’s a good start for the new chapter, and I believe the organisation as a whole has huge untapped potential in the UK. Manchester has a heritage with science and engineering that spans a great depth of scientific discovery and endeavour; from Rutherford splitting the atom in Manchester, the development of the first computer, in fact Manchester’s very creation as a city was because of the revolution in the development , organisation, and application of scientific discoveries in a way that affected commerce, trade, society and our personal lives – the first modern industrial scientific city. That’s the spirit of can-do, of change and evolution that we’d like to embody, and to engage and inspire people from everywhere, not just Manchester – Manchester is just our base.

We’re very optimistic about what’s going to happen, with the people already involved I’m sure we’re going to achieve a great deal.  However, once we really get going with new intake of talent and enthusiasm that I’m sure is out there, I’d like to see the Manchester chapter being one of the most successful and dynamic in the world. The future is ours to make.

 

Rob Adlard, Chairman of the Mars Society Manchester Chapter.