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Beckenham woman awarded for work which could 'save millions of lives'

PUBLISHED: 15:14 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:14 03 October 2014

Dr Alice Bunn

Dr Alice Bunn

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A woman from Beckenham has been honoured with an award.

Dr Alice Bunn, director of policy at UK Space Agency, was recognised for being an inspirational innovator in the Marie Claire Women at the Top awards.

Dr Bunn won for her work helping to broker an international agreement to ensure countries share satellite images during humanitarian crises, such as the Japanese tsunami and the disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370.

The work she spearheaded has the potential to save millions of lives.

She said: “I am really thrilled to receive this award, but I am equally thrilled that there is recognition of the powerful benefits our space programmes and resulting international co-operation can bring.”

The awards aim to inspire women to pursue their career goals.

The organisers asked the winners what advice they would give to those making choices about their future careers.

Dr Bunn said: “I think that it’s important to keep all your options open. It’s great to have a vision of where you want to get to from a young age but be prepared to be surprised along the way.”

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