British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Guest Speaker

Maggie Aderin 3We’re delighted to announce Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock as our guest speaker for the Learning on Screen Awards 2017.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is a space scientist whose passion is presenting science to a general audience and demonstrating that you ‘don’t need a brain the size of a small planet’ to understand, participate in and enjoy science. Her BBC 2 programme, Do We Really Need the Moon?  earned Maggie the talkback Thames new talent award at the prestigious ‘Women in Film and TV Awards’ in December 2011.  She went on to present Do We Really Need Satellites? and was one of the main scientists on Channel 4’s Brave New World.  She is currently presenting Sky at Night on BBC 4, Mini Stargazing for Cbeebies and is a panellist on Sky One’s successful science quiz show, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo. She also makes regular appearances on The One Show, Newsnight and Woman’s Hour and was a guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

Maggie studied at Imperial College where she obtained her degree in Physics and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering.  Since then she has spent much of her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation ranging from hand held land mine detectors to an optical subsystem for the James Webb Space Telescope. 

To further share her love of science Maggie conducts Tours of the Universe and other public engagement activities, showing school children and adults around the world the wonders of space.