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International Women's Day RAS Public Lecture
The Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House
Start Time: 8 Mar 2018 - 18:00
End Time: 8 Mar 2018 - 19:00

Free RAS Public Lecture


International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  This special public lecture features two female RAS Fellows. Dr Violeta Gonzalez-Perez, Post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, and Dr Natasha Stephen, Lecturer in Advanced Analysis (Earth & Planetary Sciences).  Please book tickets via Eventbrite


Dr Violeta Gonzalez-Perez

How are we exploring the Universe's past?

In a quest to understand what the Universe is made of and how it evolves, current and future astronomical surveys are targeting very bright galaxies with a precise measurement of their distance. These particular type of galaxies are gas rich and they are forming new stars. They act like lanterns, shedding light on the characteristics of the Universe at different cosmic times.


Violeta grew up in Zaragoza, Spain. Her preferred role when playing as a kid was being a witch, because they had the power of knowledge. At 11 she fall in love with the beauty of the skies during a Planetarium show in Romania, where she didn't understood a thing. From there, she studied Physics, did her masters and a PhD, then worked as an Astrophysicist in Spain, France and the UK.


Dr Natasha Stephen
Extra-terrestrial Geology; a life without fieldwork?


Outside of Earth, the only place humans have set foot in our Solar System is our own Moon, yet we are successfully exploring the solar system using satellites, rovers and landers. Not many of these missions return samples to Earth, however, so geologists are using naturally delivered specimens to explore extra-terrestrial worlds instead. Join us as we look at what meteorites can tell us about the diverse Solar System around us, and how one geologist's choice to move from studying Icelandic volcanoes to Martian ones hasn't quite meant giving up the perk that is fieldwork from her career!


Natasha is an early-career Lecturer in Advanced Analysis (Earth & Planetary Sciences) at the University of Plymouth, UK. She finished her PhD in 2015 before moving to Plymouth, to take on a role managing the University's flagship Electron Microscopy Centre, as well as being the only planetary scientist on campus, lecturing extra-terrestrial geology to students and leading research programmes with postgraduates.

Natasha's research focuses on the exploration of our Solar System using samples returned to us by space missions (i.e. Apollo lunar samples, Hayabusa samples from asteroid Itokawa), or the naturally-delivered meteorites from Mars, the Moon, asteroids and beyond. Natasha is also part of an international team that actively go searching for meteorites, so whilst fieldwork isn't the logical choice for a geologist studying other worlds, it certainly isn't impossible.

Please note there is no admittance once the lecture begins at 6 pm as tickets are reallocated.