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20-06-2013

A day with a world famous astrophysicist, 20 June 2013, Dublin

On Thursday 20th June, 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm, the European Parliament Office welcomes Ms Jocelyn Bell Burnell, to Dublin for a special presentation to mark her contribution to science and her advocacy of the role of women in science. Ms Burnell will also be interviewed about her life and work.  Ms Burnell acquired fame for the discovery of pulsars - fast rotating neutron stars. She is currently visiting Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University. The event is open to the public.  To book a place, telephone (01) 605.79.00 or email  epdublin@ep.europa.eu.

The European Parliament welcomes Ms Jocelyn Bell Burnell for a unique event celebrating her contribution to scientific discovery. Ms Bell Burnell is a Northern Irish astrophysicist. As a postgraduate student, she discovered the first radio pulsars with her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish, for which Hewish shared the Nobel Prize in Physics. Dame Bell Burnell was President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2002 to 2004, president of the Institute of Physics from October 2008 until October 2010 and was recently elected Pro-Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin.

In 2012 Ms Bell Burnell chaired a working group to develop a strategy and set of recommendations to increase the proportion of women in the workplace qualified in science and the number who rise to senior positions in academia and industry in Scotland – Tapping all our Talent is the report of the working group. Dame Bell Burnell will discuss the report recommendations and findings.

The event will conclude with an interview on Dame Bell Burnell’s work over her long and distinguished career.

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