Astrophysicist Kat Ross is the Sydney Observatory Astronomy Ambassador. Currently a Ph.D candidate at Curtin University, Ross studies ‘baby’ black holes, galaxy evolution and the history of the Universe.
Sydney Observatory has long been a science communication training ground for many early career scientists. Building on this tradition, the Astronomy Ambassador is a unique opportunity for an early career researcher in Astronomy, Astrophysics and related fields to develop a portfolio of science engagement programs over a six-month period.
Kat Ross is a dedicated campaigner for women in STEM and launched the #IncludeHer campaign after discovering NSW students in Year 11 and 12 Science were being taught by only two female scientists and almost 80 male scientists. Now a national movement, #IncludeHer aims to address this imbalance in the Australian curriculum to include a more diverse representation of scientists.
Advocacy for women in STEM will be a focus of Ross’ ambassadorship with Sydney Observatory. Working with the Powerhouse, she will develop a portfolio of science programs, livestreams and learning programs that will engage students and audiences with astronomy and the history of women in astrophysics
Register for Kat’s first livestream on 24 September, on the Sydney Observatory Facebook page.
The Sydney Observatory Astronomy Ambassador program is proudly supported by Crown Sydney.
Image credit: International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research