Reaching for the Stars: Women in Astronomy

Reaching for the Stars: Women in Astronomy

Edinburgh Measurers c. 1911 (Royal Observatory, Edinburgh)
Fri 19 Feb 2021, 17:30 to 18:30
On Zoom

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.

Hear stories of intelligent, ingenious and often audacious women who have lived and worked at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh 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.

This event will take place via Zoom webinar, with interactive elements including polls, chat and Q and A.

Event Leader

Fiona Travers
Fiona Travers
Royal Observatory Edinburgh

Fiona is the Senior Public Engagement Officer at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. She organises a varied programme of events and activities that inspire, involve and engage the public in science and astronomy. She sits on the committee of the STFC Women in STEM group and is passionate about celebrating and supporting (audacious!) women in STEM roles.