We are delighted to announce that the outstanding astrophysicist and prominent science communicator, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, will deliver her first public engagement as President of the RSE, at Irvine Royal Academy as part of the Talk Science @ Irvine Bay programme.
The event on 25 November is being specially recorded by the BBC for the Radio Scotland series, Brainwaves, and will be broadcast in January 2015. The event, which is open to all members of the public, will feature Dame Jocelyn being interviewed about her life and work by the BBC presenter Pennie Latin, who has made a number of documentaries for several of the Corporation’s radio stations. An earlier session will take place in the afternoon at the school, when Dame Jocelyn will give a talk to pupils, entitled ‘We are made of star stuff’.
Dame Jocelyn is best known for discovering pulsars, one of the most significant scientific achievements of the twentieth century. These rapidly-spinning neutron stars are formed in supernova explosions, the phenomena which make life in the universe possible. Dame Jocelyn has been a high-profile campaigner in efforts to raise the number and profile of women in professional and academic science posts. In 2013, she was named in the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour ‘Power List’ of the 100 most influential women in the UK.
Read the full press release here: Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s First Public Event as RSE President to Take Place at Irvine Royal Academy