2018 Student & Young Professional Award Winners

Women in Aerospace Europe is proud to announce the 2018 Student Award Winner!

  • Valentina Vecchio


Valentina Vecchio pursued her studies in International and European Union Law at the University of Trento (Italy) attending the High Education Institute “Collegio di Merito Bernardo Clesio”. Subsequently, she specialised in aerospace law pursuing the Advanced LL.M. in Air & Space Law at the University of Leiden (in the Netherlands).

Valentina is a lawyer by education deeply interested in new learning experiences. She had the pleasure to participate to the 2016 Summer School on Law and Logic hosted by the European University Institute and the Harvard Law School and she proactively attended the 2017 International Cyber Security Summer School organised by the Hague Security Delta, NATO, and Europol.

Between 2015 and 2016, Valentina worked for the Boeing Company as a trainee in government affairs and corporate communications and in 2017 she joined Aviapartner as junior legal counsel.

Valentina is the author of various publications in reputed air and space law journals; in 2017 she was the Best Oralist at the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition and she was the awardee of the 2017 European Air Law Association Second Prize. 

Valentina is a team player and believes that the teams she joined, both in the academia and in her professional life, have enriched her learning path. Thus, she wishes to collaborate with the universities she attended in order to launch a Space Law Moot Court for undergraduates.

WIA-Europe is proud to announce the 2018 Young Professional Award winner!

  • Rachel Tilling


Rachel is a climate scientist, specialising in satellite observations of the Polar regions. She received her PhD in Polar Remote Sensing from University College London in 2016 after obtaining her BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol and MSc in Physical Oceanography and Climate Studies from the University of Southampton.

Rachel is an academic research fellow at the UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) where her research focuses on using radar altimetry to monitor changes in global sea ice cover.

Rachel's research has taken her on expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic with the European Space Agency (ESA) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS), where she investigates ground-based radar measurements over sea ice for satellite validation. Her publications have earned her the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) and Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) early career awards for her work on quantifying sea ice volume changes in the Arctic.

Outside of work Rachel teaches scuba diving and has experience in scientific diving. She is active in communicating her research to the public and keen to diversify the representation of scientists in the media.



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