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Dr Adelle Goodwin

Black hole researcher and International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) astrophysicist, Dr Adelle Goodwin, has been named a Superstar of STEM by Science and Technology Australia.

Based at ICRAR’s Curtin University node, Dr Goodwin’s research focuses on how stars are destroyed by supermassive black holes, helping us to better understand the universe.

Dr Goodwin said she was honoured to be recognised alongside the many incredible communicators who have been named in the Superstars of STEM program.

“I have always been passionate about science, space and our Universe, and I am dedicated to helping encourage young scientists and researchers to pursue a career in these fields,” Dr Goodwin said.

“It is also critical to ensure the field of science is diverse and equal when it comes to gender representation, and I am a regular advocate for helping young female researchers build their career in male-dominated research fields.”

“I am thrilled to be recognised for my work in this space and look forward to building upon this in the years to come.”

ICRAR Director Dr Lister Staveley-Smith says it’s exciting to see another ICRAR researcher being chosen for the program.

“It fantastic to see such a brilliant early-career ICRAR researcher recognised as a STEM superstar,” Dr Staveley-Smith said.

“Adelle will be great at passing on her enthusiasm and knowledge to a broader public audience, and it makes ICRAR proud to have hosted successive STEM superstars over the last six years”.

Dr Goodwin is the third ICRAR researcher to be selected for the program, with Dr Sabine Bellstedt selected for the 2021-2022 program and Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker for 2019-2020.

ICRAR has been named as a Women in STEM Decadal Plan Champion and for two consecutive years been the recipient of the Gold Pleiades award for its commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in astronomical sciences and technology.

The centre provides an annual Visiting Fellowship for Senior Women in Astronomy and promote’s diversity in STEM fields through its outreach programs including the Stargirls STEM Camp.

Established in 2017, the Superstars of STEM program was created by Science and Technology Australia to help improve gender equality and representation of STEM experts featured in the media, helping to inspire the next generations of diverse young Australians into STEM.

Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, announced the group of 60 STEM professionals for the program’s 2023-24 term, and said the need to boost diversity in our STEM sectors is urgent.