BBC broadcaster inspires Prior's Field community to ‘Reach for the Stars’
5th March 2018

BBC's 'face of space' Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE, inspires audience at Prior's Field's annual Huxley Lecture, sharing her passion for science, how she overcame early challenges to find success and her approach to attracting more female scientists.

On Tuesday 20 February Prior’s Field welcomed the BBC’s ‘face of space’ scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE, as guest speaker at the annual Julia Huxley Lecture.  The lecture is a highlight of the school calendar which every year provides an opportunity for the school and local community alike, to hear an insightful talk from a notable personality and this year was no exception as the school hall was crammed with over 300 eager audience members, many of whom queued for over an hour to gain the opportunity for a signed book and photo with Dr. Aderin-Pocock.

Dr. Aderin-Pocock’s impassioned and humorous speech (entitled Reach for the Stars) focussed on her fascinating journey to both science and screen success through the challenge of 13 school changes, dyslexia and the common misconception that science is a male domain.  Her call for everyone to “desire to aspire and reach for the stars, whatever your stars might be” clearly echoes Prior’s Field’s own mantra of aim high and have a go.

Tracy Kirnig, Head at Prior’s Field commented:

“Having just completed our fabulous new science block, what better role model could we present to our budding female scientists?  Dr. Aderin-Pocock engaged each and every one of us with her talk about her challenging route to success, the wonder of science which inspired her and highlights of her career with NASA, the Gemini Telescope and more recently The Clangers!"