The subject chosen by Professor Bell Burnell will look at The intersection of Astronomy and Poetry
She will ask:
- What topics have caught the attention of poets?
- How do they handle the science?
- Are they sympathetic or antipathetic?
- Are they up-to-date?
The talk will include the reading of some poems and members of the audience will be encouraged to volunteer as readers! There will be opportunity afterwards to discuss the educational pros and cons of such an approach.
As an astrophysicist she made one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the twentieth century - radio pulsars - the by-products of supernova explosions which make all life in the universe possible.
Dame Jocelyn was president of the Institute of Physics from 2008- 2010 and received the 2010 Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture from the Royal Society in recognition of her excellence in communicating science.
She is a champion of women in science and has campaigned to improve the status and number of women in professional and academic posts in the fields of physics and astronomy. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Mansfield College.
CASTME regularly commemorates the late Dennis Chisman, who died in 2008, with a prestigious Memorial Lecture.
He was an inspirational founding member of both CASTME and ICASE (International Association of Associations for Science Education) and also its President.