Emily Rickman

PhD Researcher, Geneva Observatory


Don't let anyone ever tell you that you're not good enough.

What do you do?

I hunt for planets outside of our solar system by using some of the largest telescopes in the world.

Why did you choose this field?

I was always interested in astronomy looking up at the night sky. I got involved in researching exoplanets after spending one year working at the Australian National University and then I knew that I wanted to pursue a PhD.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I have discovered planets! As well as recently I was awarded a fellowship by the European Space Agency to continue my research at the Space Telescope Science Institute in the US and I can't believe that a space agency wants to pay me to do science!

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love learning and discovering new things. Every day is different.

Best advice for next generation?

Don't let anyone ever tell you that you're not good enough. Believe in yourself.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Take pride in how far you've come and have faith in how far you can go.”

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