KS4 Study Day ‘Women in Astronomy’

14 Mar 2019 - 9:15am to 2:30pm
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
Schools (secondary)

KS4 Study Day ‘Women in Astronomy’
Thursday 14th March 2019

Aimed at girls in Years 9/10/11.

A hands-on study day aimed at promoting girls into astronomy and astrophysics at the History of Science Museum and Oxford University Physics Department exploring ideas about space, the Universe and big cosmological questions.

The way we understand the universe is influenced by many women both past and present. This event provides an opportunity to find out more about women in astronomy and their amazing work. Participants will gain insight into how we study the cosmos, have the opportunity to meet women astronomers working in Oxford, and consider whether a career in astronomy might be for them!


  1. To explore how women have contributed to the field of astronomy
  2. To meet women currently studying and working in astronomy
  3. To encourage girls to consider research in astronomy and astrophysics
  4. To learn about key ideas in both classical and modern astronomy
  5. To gain an insight into the different applications of physics in astronomy and engineering.


9.15: Arrive (Physics Department)
9:30: Key note
9:55: Workshop session 1
11.10: Workshop session 2
12:50: Workshop sesssion 3
14:00: Panel discussion (History of Science Museum)
14:30: Finish

We regret that wheelchair access is not possible to the Wetton Telescope and is limited at the Museum.

Astronomy session leaders

Rebecca Bowler studies very high-redshift galaxies using multi-wavelength survey data.


The Einstein equations govern the evolution of matter and energy on cosmological scales, and in systems where there are strong gravitational effects, such as around black holes. Katy Clough’s research focuses on numerical solutions to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, in cosmological and astrophysical contexts.

For more information contact: 

Booking and further information: christopher.parkin@mhs.ox.ac.uk, tel: 01865 277297
Initially 12 places per school. Charge £5 per student contribution to Museum costs.