Girls’ Night Out at Jodrell Bank

Astronauts, meteorites, robotic arms, space clothing and cake!

Come and have a Girls' Night Out at Jodrell Bank on November 19th.

This is the latest in a series of events which began in 2012 in order to work out ways of creating a ‘woman-friendly flavour’ for an event.

The events drew on the personal experiences of women currently working in Physics and Engineering in order to try to create something that they would have liked to attend themselves – events they would find enjoyable, informative, inspiring and empowering. The events all have roughly the same format: a talk from a female scientist or engineer, a range of activities, and some refreshment (usually with a ‘science’ theme).

The latest event will feature a talk by Libby Jackson, Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency. Libby will give an insight into the inspiring teams of people involved in supporting astronauts in their space travel, and explain the engineering, technology and science that goes on behind the scenes.

You can also explore the fascinating science behind space travel and the many obstacles that the men and women who launch themselves into space need to overcome on a daily basis. You can enjoy a range of fun, hands on experiments – take the robotic arm challenge, experiment with materials used for clothing worn in space and find out about the degree of recycling necessary for life on the International Space Station.

You will also discover the danger posed by meteorites with a team from the University of Manchester’s School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences.

You can experience all of this in the setting of Jodrell Bank Observatory, the site of a huge range of world leading research in Astrophysics and the home of the Lovell Telescope, used since 1957, when it first tracked Sputnik 1, to look further and deeper into space to explore the unknown.

There will also be a planet cake pop and drink to enjoy, and a chance to meet other women with an interest in the world of Science, Technology and Engineering.

For more information and to book a place, see the Jodrell Bank website

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