Jasmin Evans, the project leader of ‘Touching space: accessible astronomy’ won the 2017 Early Career Physics Communicator Award from the IOP’s Physics Communicators Group.
In her presentation, Jasmin talked about various outreach events she had been involved in, including her Touching Space project. Touching Space was set up to work with local charities to bring astronomy to children and adults with visual impairments and other forms of disability, using sensory activities to provide a different approach to learning that does not rely on the visual aspect of astronomy.
Speaking after the prize was announced; Jasmin said she did not expect her name to be called out but felt “excited and really grateful for being shortlisted and nominated, and thankful to everyone who helped me out along the way”. When asked about what drove her towards creating outreach programmes for people with visual impairments, she said: “It all comes down to sharing a passion; my passion is in astronomy and I wanted to share that with people who don’t get the opportunity to learn more about the subject. I don’t see why having a disability should get in the way of you being interested in science.”
Source: Institute Of Physics