Black, Female, Dyslexic… My Journey to a Career in Space Science

A public lecture by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, on Wednesday, 27 June 2018, at 3.15-4.30pm, in the Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds

Physicist, engineer and TV presenter, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, presents her remarkable personal story, journeying from a disadvantaged background and overcoming her dyslexia to gain a PhD in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, to becoming one of the most recognisable faces in space science.

As a leading British space scientist, Maggie makes frequent TV appearances, especially as presenter of The Sky At Night on BBC4. She has been BAFTA nominated for her space shows for children on CBeebies, and is a member of the World Economic Forum.

As well as being passionate about her subject, Maggie is an experienced science communicator and now a ‘go to’ science pundit for the UK’s media. She is a strong advocate for encouraging women to make their voices heard and communicate widely about their academic work and ambitions. She will talk about her relationship with the media, her concerns about the lack of women in public life and specialist fields, and present her ideas for some of the ways in which this imbalance can be addressed.

Refreshments will be available after the event and there will be an opportunity for networking. Please register your attendance online