Western to inspire next generation of ‘stars’ with Girls and Women in Space Night

As part of the United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Western University is hosting a very special event on Tuesday, Feb 11 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Girls and Women in Space Night aims to encourage girls to consider a career in astronomy by recognizing and celebrating women and non-binary astronomers at Western and around the world. This event is also part of the wide array of global activities and events organized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) throughout 2020 to promote inclusivity, equity and diversity in Astronomy.

Featured speakers and panelists include:

• Miriam Micael (Project Management Engineer, Canadian Space Agency)
• Hira Nadeem (President, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space)
• Carolina Rodriguez Sanchez-Vahamonde (Geologist, Lunar and Planetary Institute)
• Shauna Burke (Associate Professor, School of Health Studies, Western)
• Athithya Aravinthan (Undergraduate Student, Western)
• Catheryn Ryan (Graduate Student, Western)
• Avery Mainprize (Local High School Student)

This event also embraces Canadian Space Agency’s Junior Astronauts campaign, which offers inspiration to the next generation of astronauts by getting young Canadians excited about space and science.

Youth (Grades 6-9) attending Girls and Women in Space Night will have the opportunity to complete one activity from the Junior Astronauts Campaign.

For more information on Junior Astronauts, please visit http://asc-csa.gc.ca/JuniorAstronauts

For a complete Girls and Women in Space Night schedule, please visit

This interstellar event was organized by Western’s Department of Physics and Astronomy in collaboration with Western’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) – London Chapter.

Event Details:

Date: February 11, 2020
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Location: Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory at Western University

For parking information, please visit https://www.uwo.ca/parking/find/visitor/index.html

MEDIA CONTACT: Parshati Patel, Educational Outreach and Communications Specialist, Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, ppatel54@uwo.ca, 519-661-2111, ext. 88508 and Jahnavi Shah, Graduate Student, Planetary Science, jshah68@uwo.ca

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