Thursday 21st January 2021 at 7.30 p.m. "Las Cumbres Observatory: a global network of robotic telescopes for science, education, and sustainable development" presented by Dr Edward Gomez, Cardiff University & LCO
Las Cumbres Observatory is a unique, revolutionary network of robotic telescopes used for science and education projects by thousands of people across the world. I will talk about some of science discoveries, including being part of the detection of the first ever kilonova event, which was heralded by the detection of gravitational waves from LIGO/VIRGO. During the current global pandemic, we have seen a surge in the educational use of LCO and I will also talk about some of the inspiring education projects we support. They range from high-school students publishing their projects in peer-reviewed scientific journals, to projects to visualise astronomical data through sound and touch for visually impaired audiences. I will also show some of our amazing astrophotography images, taken by amateur astronomers with LCO.
Dr Edward Gomez currently holds the following posts: Director, Las Cumbres Observatory and Honorary Lecturer, School of Physics & Astronomy, Cardiff University.
He describes himself as an Astronomer, Coder, Educator and Enthusiast.
He received is first degree and his PhD whilst at Cardiff University where his thesis was on "Instability in the winds of hot stars: Theory and Simulation".
He has been recognised through several awards most recently in October 2020 the Lise Meitner Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics. This Silver Subject medal is awarded for distinguished contributions to public engagement in physics. The Cardiff University news item recording this achievement wrote "Dr Gomez, lecturer in the School of Physics and Astronomy, has scooped the award for his incredible work spanning public lectures, science comic books and the creation of innovative resources used in classrooms across the globe."
One of Edward's projects (of which he was the founder) to which CAS contributed via a modest donation was the production of the Ada's Adventures in Science comic books, inspiring young people to achieve their potential by giving them that all-important confidence to participate through asking questions. More than 15,000 comics were sent out globally and their popularity has led to translation into 5 languages.