Emma Wride

Emma is the Director of AstroCymru Ltd and shares her passion for astronomy and space science with school children in order to inspire the next generation of space scientists.

Emma first discovered her passion for outreach and science communication whilst studying for her degree in Astronomy.

On completion of her degree, with the help of Dr Paul Roche, she set up the AstroCymru project. Funded by the Welsh Government, AstroCymru became an outreach arm of the Astronomy Dept. at the University of S. Wales, delivering astronomy related workshops to schools across Wales. Further funding allowed the project to expand and become part of the Physics and Astronomy Dept. at Cardiff University.

Emma is also an ESERO Space Ambassador and has worked closely with U.K. Space Agency helping to deliver the Tim Peake Primary Project and CPD’s (Continued Professional Development for teachers) across Wales and S.W England.  She has collaborated with various companies on school projects including National Museum of Wales, Faulkes Telescope Project, National Eisteddfod and of course the SunSpaceArt project, working alongside the artist Sarah Bridgeland.

When not in schools, Emma is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Wales and presented the radio documentary Wales in Space. She also delivers astronomy workshops and 3D shows to public events and festivals. She is also a regular and much loved participant at the annual SolarSphere Festival, Builth Wells.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the SunSpaceArt Project. It’s so rewarding to see the artistic pupils not usually interested in science appreciating the beauty of space, and to see the pupils who enjoy science use their space knowledge in their work. Both groups working together to create amazing pieces of art. The cross curricular aspect of this workshop is proving popular with primary teachers. For me raising awareness of careers in both subjects is invaluable to areas of high unemployment, low science capital and deprivation.