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Helen Mason

University of Cambridge
Leader of Sunspace Art project
Dr Helen Mason leads the STFC funded 'SunSpaceArt' project, a team of visual artists and scientists who run workshops in schools (upper primary and lower secondary). The aim is to ignite the children's imagination and to produce creative art work, which reinforces their science learning. Helen is a solar scientist at the University of Cambridge. She has worked on many joint UK, NASA, ESA and Japanese space projects including SoHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory), Hinode and SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory). She has always been keen to convey her passion for solar physics to the general public and school students. She has given many talks at schools, and has participated in radio and TV programmes, including the BBC program 'Seven Ages of Starlight'. She leads an educational project called Sun|trek (www.suntrek.org). In 2014, Helen was awarded an OBE for her services to Education and to Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. The SunSpaceArt project has been highly successful, with excellent feedback from teachers and children. 'As teachers we saw our pupils shine and express themselves in a way that was very different' (teacher, Northbury school).