Lucie is a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics, where she studies activity in the atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. In particular, Lucie is interested in understanding why the Sun produces eruptions of magnetized plasma known as coronal mass ejections. If these eruptions reach the Earth they can drive stormy space weather that causes problems with our electricity distribution, communications and navigation.
Learning more about the Universe isn’t Lucie’s only passion, she also works to share what is learned with school students. Her commitment to education in the widest sense led to her becoming a governor at the UCL Academy.
Lucie is very active in public engagement with science, sits on the Advisory Board for the Science Museum, is a presenter on the BBC’s Sky at Night and Stargazing Live programmes and is the Chief Stargazer at the Society for Popular Astronomy. In 2009 Lucie was the recipient of the Royal Society’s Kohn Award for excellence in public engagement with science.