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A job out of this world: my research and journey as a space scientist

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Stars have inspired philosophers, beckoned travellers and now help us navigate the Galaxy and grow our knowledge of the skies. They are the atoms of our Universe and drive many of its rattling events. They live eventful lives then fade away and die, donating matter back to the Universe, matter which may form new stars and planets one day. How do we study them? What do we know about these heavenly bodies and what mysteries do they still hold? This is a story for the talk to unfold, as well as my career journey through it all. Bio: Ghina is a space scientist, storyteller, mentor and gender equality advocate. She works at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge and is a Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College. Ghina is the first person to obtain a PhD in Astrophysics from a Lebanese institution, where she worked as a lecturer before coming to Cambridge. She is the founder of She Speaks Science, an award-winning science storytelling platform that makes science accessible and promotes the visibility of women scientists. She is an invited speaker at international astronomy conferences and global forums including the United Nations and TEDx. She mentors students and recently won the Cambridge University Public Engagement Award. She strongly advocates gender equality in STEM through policy advisory roles and as a member of the United Nations Space for Women Project. The talk will be followed by refreshments outside the lecture theatre. The talk will be at 7:30pm at the usual location of Wolfson lecture theatre in the Department of Chemistry. The entrance is the opposite side of the building to Bristol-Myers-Squibb Lecture theatre and is opposite the car park- shown by the red arrow on the map.,0.125242,18 Tickets are £2 (free for members) and annual membership (£7) and life membership (£12) can also be purchased at the event – please bring cash.

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