My name is Megan Argo, professional astrophysicist and science communicator. I am a lecturer in astronomy at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston (see my teaching page), studying galaxies in the nearby universe with radio telescopes (see my publications list), regularly pop up on the BBC to talk about astronomy and space news stories, and give public lectures and schools workshops all over the country (see my events list). Please note that, due to COVID-19, I am only delivering talks via Zoom (or similar) for the moment.
I have worked as a scientist in the UK, Australia and the Netherlands, and been lucky enough to observe with some of the best radio telescopes around the world, in Europe, India, the USA and Australia. My passion for sharing the wonders of the universe with children of all ages has taken me from northern Scotland to outback Western Australia, via rural India, the mountains of Columbia, and cosmopolitan South Africa.
I’m a Fellow and Vice President (A) of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the Institute of Physics, president of Shropshire Astronomical Society, and an honorary member of Macclesfield Astronomical Society. I’m also a member of the Office of Astronomy for Development’s Task Force 3, serving on the Astronomy Awards panel and RAS200 Steering Group of the RAS, and part of the joint IAU/RAS/AAS working group on culturally sensitive skies.
I’m also passionate about our planet and how we can move to net zero and make our civilisation sustainable. I’m officially Carbon Literate, am a trained En-ROADS ambassador, and aiming to embed sustainability in my teaching.
In the past I’ve been a panel member of the ING Time Allocation Group (2018-2021), a Councillor of the RAS (2017-2020), served on the RAS’s Education and Outreach grants panel (2020-2021), served two three-year terms on the organising committee for IAU Commission C2 Communicating Astronomy with the Public (2015-2021), and many other things.