Professor Catherine Heymans

Catherine Heymans credit Tim Kramer RUB

Catherine Heymans is the Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Professor of Observational Cosmology at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the GCCL Institute at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

She is well known for her research using deep sky observations to map the invisible dark matter and mysterious dark energy in our Universe. Her work has been recognised with the award of the Royal Astronomical Society’s William Herschel Medal in 2022 and the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award in 2018. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Leopoldina, Germany’s National Academy.

Catherine is a well-known science communicator, speaking at art, music, comedy, philosophy and science festivals. She regularly features as a space, physics and astronomy expert on BBC radio and television.

Photo credit: Tim Kramer, RUB