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Exploring the power of dreams

Posted on 6 June 2013

Space scientist, consultant and broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock will explain at a public lecture how she uses the wow factor to inspire children into careers in science.

Held at the University of York on Wednesday, 12 June, the free lecture ‘The Power of Dreams’ is part of a year-long calendar of activities organised by the University’s Department of Education to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

Dr Aderin-Pocock, an Honorary Research Associate at the University College London, will discuss how she inspires children by showing them the amazing universe we live in and how our ideas about it have evolved.

Maggie Aderin-Pocock is committed to inspiring new generations of astronauts, engineers and scientists

Professor Judith Bennett

Professor Judith Bennett, Head of York’s Department of Education, said: “Maggie Aderin-Pocock is committed to inspiring new generations of astronauts, engineers and scientists. She has spoken to thousands of children, many of them at inner-city schools, about why she is a scientist and shattered many myths about careers, class and gender. We are very pleased to welcome her to York as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.”

As a child Dr Aderin-Pocock was dyslexic and found reading and writing at school difficult. However, driven by a desire to understand how the universe worked and a love of space, she studied science and went on to achieve her goal of making her own discoveries about space.

She was a scientific consultant for the 2009 mini-series Paradox, and presented BBC 2’s Do we Really Need the Moon? in 2011 and In Orbit: How Satellites Rule our World in 2012.

She runs her own company Science Innovation Ltd which engages children and adults all over the world with the wonders of space travel. In 2009 she was awarded an MBE for her services to science and education.

The lecture ‘The Power of Dreams’ takes place at the Alcuin Research Resource Centre Auditorium, University of York, on Wednesday, 12 June at 6.30pm. Admission is by free ticket. Please visit or call 01904 324778.

For information on other Department of Education 50th Anniversary events, visit

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