Dr Jen Gupta is a British astronomer who works at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (@ICGPortsmouth) at the University of Portsmouth in the UK, where she is the SEPnet/Ogden Outreach Officer. In this role she runs the outreach and public engagement programme for the ICG, which typically engages with over 10,000 school children and members of the public each year. As the ICG’s Outreach Officer, it’s Jen’s job to organise school visits, run the Astrodome inflatable planetarium, train and manage student outreach helpers, work with researchers to develop new activities based on their work, organise public events, and evaluate the impact of the outreach and public engagement programme.
Jen has been active in communicating astronomy to the wider world for over seven years. In this time, she has lectured at the Royal Institution in London, given school talks in India, performed astronomy-themed stand-up comedy, and appeared on local and national TV and radio.
In her spare time, Jen can be found presenting planetarium shows at the Winchester Science Centre (@WinSciCentre), and helping to run the annual Winchester Science Festival (@WinSciFest). She recently started a new seldom serious podcast about astronomy called Seldom Sirius (@SeldomSirius). Any time leftover from this is spent with her dog Ralphie, who features heavily on her instagram feed (@jen__gupta).
Jen grew up in Winchester in the UK before moving to Manchester to study Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. She stayed there to do her PhD, studying radio-loud active galactic nuclei. Her love for communicating science started while doing her PhD, when she got involved in podcasting through The Jodcast (@jodcast).
Jen usually tweets at @jen_gupta.