TV science star inspires University’s Women in Science

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock at the Athena SWAN training day

TV astronomer and science communicator Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock led a special Manchester Met training session to inspire women in science.

The event took place as part of the University’s Athena SWAN charter for Women in Science, which seeks to advance the representation of women in science, engineering and technology.

In total, 12 academics from Faculty of Science and Engineering took part in the session with Dr Aderin-Pocock, who co-presents long-running astronomy TV programme The Sky at Night.

Maggie, and the production company Screenhouse, team helped the delegates to find the words to tell their story with interactive workshops on writing, presenting and voice coaching, and on-camera performances with feedback in supportive groups.

Richard Hammersley, Professional Programmes Officer, who helped organise the School of Research, Enterprise and Innovation event, said: “Maggie told the story of achievement against the odds to become a space scientist in the media spotlight. It was inspirational to hear her journey from difficult beginnings to becoming a space scientist, and now in-demand media performer; and the advantages and pitfalls of being a scientist in the public eye.”

The day earned lavish praise with delegates citing increased confidence and enhanced presentation skills as key attributes.