Dr Rhaana Starling

Rhaana Starling is a lecturer and Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the University of Leicester. She studied for her undergraduate degree at the University of St. Andrews and PhD at University College London, going on to research positions the the Universities of Amsterdam and Leicester.

Rhaana's research in observational astronomy uses data from ground and space-based observatories to probe black holes and relativistic jets created when massive stars end their lives. These explosive events, called gamma-ray bursts, release large amounts of energy and can be seen across vast distances, building a picture of the early Universe and its evolution.

Rhaana is keen to promote a working culture in which everyone can reach their full potential. She is a new member of EDAN (2013), and chairs the equality and diversity working group in her own department.

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To recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

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  • Recognising excellence in science
  • Supporting outstanding science
  • Providing scientific advice for policy
  • Fostering international and global cooperation
  • Education and public engagement