Astrophysicist and educationalist, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) & Monash University (Australia)
Region: Europe; Australia and Oceania
Field: Science; Education
Profile: My astrophysics research expertise stretches from radio all the way to gamma-ray wavelengths, and includes supernova remnants, molecular clouds, and planetary formation. I lived and worked in many places around the globe, and I enjoy the sense of shared knowledge and shared sky that astronomy brings. I have extensive teaching and outreach experience in space sciences, which led me to engage with science education research. My current interests are related to fostering student leadership and entrepreneurship, especially in space sciences. I am passionate about supporting other women, as I grew up in a society where I felt valued and accepted as an equal member in every way. Working and living in different countries made me aware of the big differences that exist across the globe in that respect, and I experienced many obstacles as a woman in STEM. That motivated me to work towards building capacity in others, especially women, through several initiatives, including forming the Women in Space Chapter for the National Space Society of Australia.