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The Progressive Policy Think Tank


Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a space scientist and science communicator who studied at Imperial College London, where she obtained a degree in physics and a PhD in mechanical engineering. She has spent her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation in both the industrial and academic environments, from hand-held landmine detectors to subsystems for space telescopes. Until recently Maggie worked at Astrium Ltd where she led the optical instrumentation group.

To further share her passion for science, Maggie is the founder of Science Innovation Ltd. Through this company she conducts public engagement activities, enabling her to present her science ideas to diverse audiences, from school children to politicians. To date she has given these presentations to over 250,000 people around the world. She also works as a TV presenter and is the co-host of ‘The Sky at Night’, the world’s longest-running science television series. As well as presenting Maggie spends time training working scientists, especially women, in the art of science communication through courses she runs with production company Screenhouse Ltd.