Ghina M. Halabi

Space Scientist
Storyteller
Equality Advocate
Mentor

I'm a Space Scientist exploring stars and their exotic adventures at the Institute of Astronomy, and a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
Being the first person to obtain a doctorate in astrophysics from a Lebanese institution highlights my duty as a role model and inspires my gender advocacy work in STEM. Ever so eager to share my knowledge and passion, I'm an educator, mentor and a storyteller on my blog Scheherazade Speaks Science, which won the Cambridge University Public Engagement 2018 award.
Public speaking has been a thrilling and integral part of my professional life. I've spoken on the TEDx stage, at the UN, at international astronomy conferences and various interdisciplinary forums.
When not pursuing stellar endeavours 🔭✨, jogging 🏃🏻‍, gardening🌱or making my signature granola🥣, I would be sailing ⛵with my husband in the English wind!

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Astrophysics, American University of Beirut
MSc. in Physics, American University of Beirut
BSc. in Physics & Mathematics, Lebanese University

Image: American University of Beirut

WORK

PRESENT
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Masters Project Supervisor, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Course Supervisor, Churchill College, University of Cambridge

PAST
Lecturer & Research Fellow, American University of Beirut
Physics course & lab instructor, American University of Beirut
Physics lab instructor, Lebanese American University

Image: Institute of Astronomy, Observatory building

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
Royal Astronomical Society Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society
University Representation & Policy Officer (STEMM), Postdocs of Cambridge Society
Equality & Diversity Committee Member, Institute of Astronomy
IoA/Kavli Astro-Postdoc Committee Co-Chair & Founding Member, Postdocs at IoA
Senior Associate, Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Image: Wolfson College

AWARDS & RESEARCH GRANTS

Public Engagement Starter Fund Award 2018, University of Cambridge
Doctoral Studies Award at the American University of Beirut, National Council for Scientific Research-Lebanon (CNRS-L)
Doctoral Studies Award at the American University of Beirut, National Council for Scientific Research-Lebanon (CNRS-L)
Doctoral research grants, National Council for Scientific Research-Lebanon (CNRS-L)
Graduate Assistantship, American University of Beirut

Image: Award ceremony with AUB President and CNRS Secretary-General

Scheherazade Speaks Science

... is a science storytelling platform that aims to promote the visibility of female scientists and humanise science communication. It was awarded the Cambridge University Public Engagement Starter Fund 2018.
I write stories about space through a narrative format that makes it accessible and engaging to a wider audience, and invite contributions from female scientists in all STEMM fields.
In the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, Scheherazade the storyteller saves her life and the lives of other women with the power of story. In the 21st century, by engaging the public with her science she will spare herself and other women from bias and inequality.

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