Astrophysics: Owning your story. Science & Storytelling with Space Scientist Dr. Ghina Halabi, Ph.D.


How does one become a space scientist? What does it mean to be a space scientist, and how does a usual day look like?


In the next minutes, Dr. Ghina Halabi, Ph.D. will share her pieces of advice for those who are interested in a career in science or are curious to understand the struggles and rewards of exploring space.


Listen to the full interview with Dr. Ghina Halabi: https://bit.ly/FemmeLead-Episode6




Ghina's pieces of advice about following your passion and building your career path:



#1 Dig deeper, look harder because chances are you will find those role models somewhere BUT if you cannot, you must create your own path & this is equally exciting. Don’t be turned off by the challenge of it.

#2 Own Your Story. Own your experiences & have the courage to share them with the world because that is what makes you special.

#3 Take Up Space. Have the confidence to share your passion because ultimately it will take you to places.



Dr. Ghina M. Halabi is the first person to obtain a doctorate in astrophysics from a Lebanese university, a Space Scientist at the University of Cambridge, Programme Director at Cambridge Judge Business School's Entrepreneurship Centre, and the founder of She Speaks Science. Through all of her initiatives, she aims to make science accessible and women in STEM more visible, one story at a time.



Dr. Ghina Halabi discusses the role of astrophysics in science, gender biases in showcasing science as a career option for girls, and steps to change the narrative so that more women join STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).



Throughout her career, Ghina believed that she had more to offer to the world and strived to receive the Award for Doctoral Studies at the American University of Beirut, becoming the first person to receive a Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics from a Lebanese university. Moreover, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK, where she investigated the evolution of stars and the formation of elements.



Passionate about women in STEM, she founded She Speaks Science, a platform that features stories shared by contributors in science from around the world: "We want to increase active engagement with science by inspiring young people into STEM, and to make STEM inclusive by promoting women and minority scientists. Our vision is a world where all scientists are valued, and where science is at the heart of society not a luxury or accessory."



In 2019, Dr. Ghina was featured in Postscript Magazine as the Muse Urania, in an issue that aimed to deconstruct mythological muses & reimagine them as modern #WomenofColour.



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