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Dr Karen Masters wins Women of the Future award

Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 15:17
Published on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:14

The RAS congratulates Dr Karen Masters, who has won the Women of the Future Award in the science category. Dr Masters, a Fellow of the RAS and senior lecturer in the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, was recognised for her research into understanding how galaxies form and evolve over the history of the Universe.

WOF 2014 winners smallKaren Masters (back row, 3rd from left) with the other Women of the Future award winners. Click for a full size image. Credit: Women of the Future

The awards issued by Women of the Future identify the UK's most inspiring women. Their aim is to unearth and recognise the stars of tomorrow across diverse industries, acknowledging talented women early in their careers and creating positive role models for school girls. Cherie Blair is patron of the awards.

Dr Masters said: "It’s a real honour to be recognised alongside this group of extraordinary women. I’m delighted that the Women of the Future Awards include this science category; it highlights how important it is for women to be part of our scientific culture."

"I’m passionate about demonstrating that science is for everyone. I do this through my work with the citizen science project, Galaxy Zoo, in which more than 400,000 people help my research on galaxies, and through helping to encourage young women (as well as men) to consider science as an exciting, creative and important area to study."

On the same day Karen and women from around the world gathered at the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London for this year’s 100 Women event. The 100 Women series was launched last year as part of the BBC’s pledge to represent women better in its international news output.


Further information

Women of the Future: 2014 Winners & Shortlist


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