CANCELLED: 22 April 2020 – Alice Sheppard: Astronomical misconceptions

UPDATE (16th March)

Following the new guidance from the authorities announced today, we are unfortunately cancelling Alice Sheppard’s talk. 

We hope to reschedule the event. Stay tuned for updates. 

In the meantime, stay healthy.


Alice Sheppard has acted as ambassador for astronomy for over a decade. During that time, she has encountered all sorts of misunderstandings. These include the ideas that astronomy can predict the future, that it’s a waste of money, that it matters what we call Pluto, and that stargazing is a subject best left to men! In this whiplash tour, Alice will explore some of the most common misconceptions and set the record straight.

DOORS: 19:00

START: 19:30

Admission is FREE but during the interval we asks for donations. This is to cover speaker expenses and marketing costs such as social media fees and flyers. If you cannot afford to make a donation please do not. If you can, £3-£5 would be greatly appreciated.

Venue: Smoke and Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street

Two for one pizzas available from the bar! 10% off all drinks!

Alice Sheppard studied Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia before rediscovering astronomy through Galaxy Zoo, whose first discussion forum she led for five years. She began writing articles and giving public talks on how ordinary citizens, when equipped with the right tools, can teach each other astronomy and make their own discoveries. During this period Alice also co-founded Cardiff Skeptics in the Pub!

She gained a postgraduate diploma in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Queen Mary University of London in 2014, and is now Community Manager at University College London Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS). ExciteS investigates and supports public involvement in science. She is also the Citizen Science Officer at the Society for Popular Astronomy.

Although employed by a university, Alice does not consider herself an academic but rather an example of what members of the public can achieve scientifically outside the academic environment. 

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