Reaching for the Stars: Women in Astronomy

Reaching for the Stars: Women in Astronomy

Edinburgh Royal Observatory
Fri 21 Feb 2020, 19:00 to Sat 22 Feb 2020, 20:55
£6.00 / £4.50 children, students, over 60's
Royal Observatory
Blackford Hill
EH9 3HJ Edinburgh

In 2019 we saw the first ever image of a black hole. Did you know that one of the key people behind the creation of this image was a woman?

There are many firsts still out there for women in science and engineering, as we continue to push the boundaries of exploration and discovery. Tour the beautiful Victorian buildings of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, whilst hearing stories of intelligent, ingenious and often audacious women who have lived and worked there over the years. As “Lady Computers”, astronomers, engineers and professional staff these women have often done things first and best, reaching for the stars but not always given the chance to shine the brightest.

In case of bad weather: We will avoid cancelling this event in the case of bad weather, as most activities are indoors, unless there is very severe weather and the Royal Observatory site is not safely accessible. If this happens we would contact all booked attendees with advance notice wherever possible. 

Event Leader

Fiona Ross

Fiona Ross is Public Engagement Officer at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh on Blackford Hill, employed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Fiona works closely with scientists and engineers to inspire and involve the public in astronomy linked science and technology, through a programme of community outreach and events.