What is your job title?

Retired Reader in Solar Physics (the University of Cambridge).

Please describe your journey into STEM?

As a child, I loved science and so I studied this at the University of London, first doing a BSc, then a PhD. I began to study the Sun, in particular using observations of the Sun from space. I have continued to do this for many years, working with other colleagues, at NASA and ESA (European Space Agency). I really enjoy learning new things about the Sun. I also enjoy sharing my enthusiasm with the public and school students.

What is a STEM-related question or challenge you would love to solve one day?

I would love to understand better what causes solar flares (huge explosions) on the Sun!

Why do you think the Great Science Share for Schools is important?

I think it is good to share our enthusiasm and what we have learnt with others. The Great Science Share for Schools enables children from each school to share what they have learnt with other children, with practical examples. Science is exciting and is all about asking questions, and trying to answer them as best we can. The GSSfS encourages this, developing curiosity and enthusiasm for Science.

What is your Twitter handle?

@helen_hm11