The Team

Eleanor Armstrong (she/her), UCL

Ellie Armstrong is a PhD candidate at UCL. Her research focuses on narratives in science galleries with a focus on gender and sexuality. Ellie is interested in work on social justice around space science issues, and keen to promote and implement equitable, proactive solutions to current problems in the field. Alongside her research, Ellie also gives museum tours for LGBTQ+ groups (including Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Whipple Museum for History of Science and Sedgwick Earth Sciences) and runs workshops on zines including at Green Man festival “Outliers: Materials Change Lives”, and Summer of Space at the Science Museum “Moon Tales” in 2019. She is also co-chair of Science London (@ScienceLondon) running workshops on equity, diversity and inclusion in science communication practice.

Divya M. Persaud (she/her), UCL

Divya M. Persaud is a planetary scientist, writer, and composer. Divya’s research has spanned mission development and operations; the surfaces and interiors of Mercury, Mars, and the icy moons of Saturn; and meteorites and the asteroids they come from. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, where she is applying 3D imaging to understand the landing site of the Curiosity rover. Passionate about bridging the spheres and models of science and engagement, Divya was awarded the Elizabeth Puchnarewicz Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Outreach from MSSL in 2018 for her dedicated outreach work. Divya is also the recipient of the Editor’s Choice Award from The ‘Great’ Indian Poetry Collective for her upcoming book and song collection, do not perform this: a song cycle, and has read and published her poetry internationally. She released her first album, THEY WILL BE FREE, in 2017 and is working on her second in a chamber pop duo. Divya has been speaking about her research and equity in STEM around the UK and is almost always angry about moons (and ethics in space exploration).


Twitter: @Divya_M_P
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Cerys Bradley
Claire Mead
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Sarah Cosgriff
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