Prof Monica Grady
is a leading British space scientist. She has built up an international reputation in meteoritics. From 2012-2013, she was President of the Meteoritical Society. Monica gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2003, on the subject "A Voyage in Space and Time". Asteroid (4731) was named Monicagrady in her honour.
Prof Giovanna Tinetti
is a Professor of Astrophysics at UCL and has a Royal Society University Research fellowship. She has coordinated a team at UCL on exoplanets since 2007. Professor Tinetti is currently the Principal Investigator for the ERC-funded programme “Exo-Lights” & led the proposal for the EcHO ESA M3 candidate mission, as well as being the leading scientist of other mission concepts for exoplanet spectroscopy.
Prof Hiranya Peiris a Professor of Astrophysics at University College London. She has been at the forefront of a large international effort to understand the physical origin of cosmological structure in the first moments of our universe.
Prof Emma Bunce
is a Professor of Planetary Plasma Physics at the University of Leicester. She holds science investigator roles on current and future space missions such as Cassini- Huygens, BepiColombo and JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer).
Prof Lyndsay Fletcher
carries out research focuses on solar flares, and she enjoys working at that intersection between stellar physics and plasma physics. She has a number of different jobs, but two that are particularly important to her right now are being Geophysics Secretary of the RAS, and gender equality champion in her school.
Dr Carole Haswell
Her research career includes elucidating an acceleration mechanism for ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, understanding the dynamics of accretion flows in black hole X-ray binaries and developing a revolutionary method for detecting low mass exoplanets orbiting bright nearby stars.
Prof Phillipa Browning
is Professor of Astrophysics at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. She has contributed to resolving the long-standing question of how the solar corona is heated. She is Chair of the UK Solar Physics Council.
Dr Jen Gupta
is currently the SEPnet/Ogden Outreach Officers for the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth. She’s performed astronomy-themed stand-up in front of 500 people, travelled to India to observe the skies with the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope, driven around the e-Merlin network of radio telescopes in a day, and delivered talks and workshops to over 3000 school children.
Prof Carolin Crawford
spent her research career as an observational astronomer studying the most massive galaxies in the Universe. She now plays an active role as a communicator of science, as Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy of Cambridge, and she has just finished her term as the Gresham Professor of Astronomy. She is also a College Lecturer, Fellow and Tutor at Emmanuel College.
Prof Eleri Pryse
is a lecturer at Aberystwyth University pioneered the application of tomographic methods for imaging the ionised atmosphere. She developed Welsh medium teaching in Mathematics and Physics at Aberystwyth, is chair of the editorial board of the Welsh multi-disciplinary e-journal Gwerddon and is a former secretary of the Institute of Physics in Wales.
Prof Kathy Whaler
has been at the University of Edinburgh since 1994, and was Head of the Department of Geology and Geophysics between 1999 and 2002. She was the first female geophysics Professor in the UK. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and was President of the RAS from 2004-6.
Prof Katherine Blundell
is a world expert in the high-energy astrophysics of quasars and microquasars. Her awards include a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Astrophysics, the Royal Society's Rosalind Franklin Medal in 2010, the Institute of Physics Bragg Medal in 2012 and the Royal Astronomical Society's Darwin Lectureship in 2015. She currently runs the Global Jet Watch project.
Dr Helen Fraser
is a Senior Lecturer in Astronomy at the Open University, where she leads the Astrochemistry Group. She is currently chair of the UK Space Agency Space Environments Working Group, and is a member of European Space Science Committee (ESSC). She is vice-president of the International Astronomical Union commission B.5 Laboratory Astrophysics.
Dr Sheila Peacock
is a seismologist working on nuclear test ban treaty verification. She has worked in seismology all her career, starting from a PhD on earthquake prediction and going through to a lectureship with research into offshore faults where tsunamigenic earthquakes occur.
Dr Kate Maguire
is an observational astrophysicist. Her research focuses on the very energetic explosions of some stars at the end of their lives, and how certain types of these explosions can be used as distance indicators in the Universe. She has previously worked as a researcher in both the UK and Germany.
Hazel McGee
was elected FRAS in 1989, has edited and managed the bi-monthly Journal of the British Astronomical Association (BAA) since 1994. She served as BAA President from 2013 to 2015.
Dr Sheila Kanani
is currently the education, outreach and diversity officer for the Royal Astronomical Society in London. Her research has taken her to the famous Jodrell Bank Observatory, an Australian telescope facility searching for exoplanets in Sydney and to Surrey where she used the Cassini spacecraft to study Saturn.
Prof Paula Chadwick
works in ground-based gamma-ray astronomy, and is currently a member of the Cherenkov Telescope Array Consortium, which is building the next generation ground-based very high energy gamma-ray instrument. She was awarded the 2015 Bragg Medal by the Institute of Physics.
Dr Katherine Joy
investigates planetary geological processes, specialising in lunar science. She was involved with science observations of the Moon, and is involved in European Space Agency planning activities for future lunar missions. She has twice joined the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites programme, spending two field seasons on the ice collecting meteorites.
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock
is a space scientist and a science communicator. She has spent her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation in both the industrial and academic environments. As a space and education expert Maggie loves presenting science to a general audience and she recently started co-presenting the long running television program 'The Sky at Night'.