Dr Joanne Pledger

University of Central Lancashire

Lecturer & Ogden Science Officer, Jeremiah Horrocks Institute

Joanne is a lecturer and Science Officer at the University of Central Lancashire’s Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, where her role includes teaching on the undergraduate astrophysics degrees, research and outreach. As a Science Officer for The Ogden Trust, Joanne works with local schools and community groups to offer a unique experience outside of the classroom. She spends many evenings helping beavers and cubs achieve their space and astronomy badges at UCLan’s Alston Observatory as well as organising public stargazing events and masterclasses for her Ogden schools. Joanne aims to make physics and astronomy fun and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds and inspire the next generation of scientists. Joanne is on maternity leave until September 2017.