Girls as researchers
March 28, 2019
For the 20 girls, who visited MPA this year for the Girls’ Day, the day started with a journey to the beginning of the universe – in our digital planetarium, moderated live by a junior MPA scientist. This provided an overview of the many different topics that scientists at MPA work on, but at the same time the girls were confronted with the fact that the working language at such a scientific institute is English. However, this was not an obstacle for many interesting questions and discussions, which were continued in the following tasks.
Most of the day, the girls spent on actively exploring different astronomical topics. Split into four groups, they could choose between observing stars and galaxies, or rather how to interpret observations correctly, and the composition and evolution of our universe, derived from theoretical considerations and observations. A number of junior MPA scientists supported them and gave advice, on how to deal with computer programs or where to find answers for tricky questions, which are not easily found on the Internet.
Presenting results also is an important part of the daily work of researchers and so each group gave a short presentation to the other girls on what they had learned. At the end of a full day, a young female scientist gave a talk about herself and her field of research – the subsequent Q&A session could have gone on for a long time!
The next Girls' Day will take place on 26.03.2020.