|Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 23, 2017 at 6:40 PM|
Honorary doctorate for ‘space tour guide’
A renowned space scientist and television presenter has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Loughborough University in recognition of her contributions to science, writes Mark Cantrell.
The award also effectively serves to recognise her efforts not only to popularise science among young people, but also her position as a role model for women considering entering a career in STEM.
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, who is one of the presenters on BBC’s Sky at Night, received her honorary doctorate during the university’s winter graduation ceremony in December, which honoured the achievements of more than 1,100 students. The degree was conferred upon her by Lord Sebastian Coe, the university’s chancellor.
“As a university, we have celebrated the achievements of many great scientists over the years, and today we celebrate another; Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock,” said Professor Chris Linton, Loughborough’s provost and deputy vice-chancellor. “Maggie is an outstanding role model, leading the way for future generations of scientists and encouraging audiences to embark on their own journeys in scientific exploration.”
Aderin-Pocock has worked on many projects and has also become a successful TV personality. As well as presenting Sky at Night on BBC 4, she also presents Mini Stargazing for Cbeebies and is a panellist on Sky One’s science quiz show, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo. She also makes regular appearances on The One Show, Newsnight and Woman’s Hour.
To further share her love of science, she conducts ‘Tours of the Universe’ and other public engagement activities, showing school children and adults around the world the wonders of space.
She has won a string of accolades for her work and was awarded an MBE for her services to science and education in 2009.
Back in 2014, Aderin-Pocock delivered Loughborough University’s first-ever Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture. Her talk, titled Women in Science: The Challenge, saw her discuss pioneering women in space science, her own adventures and triumphs and how female representation can be changed across STEM subjects.
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. Images courtesy of Loughborough University.