Professor Carole Mundell: Hidden Stars – the ethical and business imperative for equity and inclusion

12:45pm - 2:00pm / Friday 29th November 2019 / Venue: Forsyth Lecture Theatre Mathematical Sciences Building
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
  • Suitable for: Staff, students, public
  • Admission: Free
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Join us to hear from Professor Carole Mundell at this exciting event.

Tea and coffee served at 12.45pm, talk begins at 1.00pm.

Carole is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath. She served as Head of the Department of Physics from 2016 to 2018 and is currently Chief Scientific Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

An observational astrophysicist, Carole began her research career as a radio astronomer at Jodrell Bank Observatory. She then diversified to exploit international ground- and space-based facilities across the electromagnetic spectrum with the goal of understanding cosmic black holes and their environments. Following time at the University of Maryland, Carole brought a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to Liverpool John Moores University where she built and led an international team specializing in catching the fast-fading light from gamma ray bursts - the most powerful explosions in the Universe. She was appointed Professor in 2007 and was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2011-2016) for the study of 'Black hole-driven explosions and the dynamic Universe'. She was recruited to the University of Bath in 2015 as their first Professor in astrophysics to found the Bath Astrophysics Group and she was named FDM Everywoman in Technology Woman of the Year 2016.

Carole has been involved in national and European research funding allocation and oversight of national and international astronomical facilities. Her experience in strategic science policy advisory work has included technology, basic research and horizon scanning beyond astrophysics. In her FCO CSA role, she works as a part of cross-Whitehall CSAs to provide science advice to government and specialises in international science diplomacy.

She is a committed and sought-after communicator of science to the public - in the UK and overseas - and a vocal advocate for equality and diversity in science.