The night sky is fascinating to humans, giving us a window on space beyond our home on Earth. In this lecture, Professor Dunkley described how we have come to better understand our Universe, and some of the big questions about space and time that we are trying to answer. She talked about her research in this area, studying distant light coming from the earliest moments in time, in a quest to understand the Big Bang, the ingredients of the Universe, and the fundamental laws of nature.
Professor Dunkley also talked about the goal of engaging more young women to pursue physics, and about some of the scientists who have inspired and guided her.
The Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture is awarded annually and is made to support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Professor Jo Dunkley was awarded the Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture 2016 for her research in the Cosmic Microwave Background and her innovative project to support and encourage girls studying physics.