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‘A career in science allowed me to do things I never dreamed possible’ – Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

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Dr Paul Merchant from the British Library presents a short screening of video clips from the Royal Society’s project ‘Inspiring Scientists: Diversity in British Science’ which explores the stories of ten scientists from different ethnic backgrounds active in UK science today. From super-broccoli, to Super Bainite, from the Mars Rover mission to skincare – find out about these scientist’s lives, their childhood influences and the importance and pleasures of working in science.

Continuing the theme of ‘Inspiring scientists’ the screening will be followed by Professor Joanna Haigh FRS in conversation with Alok Jha.

Joanna Haigh is Professor of Atmospheric Physics and Co-Director of the Grantham Institute (Climate Change and the Environment) at Imperial College London. She studies the Earth’s climate and the influence on it of the Sun using data collected by satellites and computer models. Join Joanna as she speaks to Alok Jha about how she first became interested in meteorology back in her childhood, when she built herself a home weather station, and how studying physics at university helped her to make weather and climate the main focus of her subsequent career. 

Alok Jha is a journalist, author and broadcaster focusing on stories about science. Formerly at the Guardian he will be moving soon to ITV News as their Science Correspondent. You can find him on Twitter at @alokjha.

Attending this event

This event is free to attend and open to all. No tickets are required. Doors open at 5.30pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation and Speech-To-Text Transcription will be provided at this event. If you require either of these services please contact the diversity team ( by Tuesday 10 June.

If you have any specific requirements, please let us know by Tuesday 10 June to enable us to make the necessary arrangements in advance of the day.

We have a limited number of spaces for wheelchair users and ten bookable seats for people with impaired mobility who are unable to queue. To book in advance, please contact the diversity team at

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