A struggle to obtain resources for high level education and outreach is not just a problem for developing countries, but also in segregated areas within developed countries that have some of the best available material and research institutions. Ensuring everyone has access to the same resources and experiences when it comes to STEM should be a common goal for countries around the world. Resources and experiences to pursue careers in STEM should not just be limited to those who have financial privileges. I get to talk about this topic from Melissa Mirino, who also has an incredible story to tell about her journey to discovering space and planetary geology.

Melissa is a PhD candidate from the Open University in the United Kingdom and ever since she was a child, she dreamed of learning more about the planets and moons in our solar system. From her dreams, she has been able to work with all sorts of data collected by spacecrafts such as the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the European Space Agency Mars-Express. During my time talking with Melissa, she tells me about her experience getting to engage with and inspire the next generation who want to pursue careers in STEM. During her time as an undergraduate at the University of Rome, she worked at the Museo Geoplaeontologico Ardito Desio, worked as a PhD tutor for the award-winning charity Brilliant Club, was part of the organizing team for the Space Rendezvous in Rome, and currently she is Chair of the Europlanet Early Career Communications working group. She hopes to spread her passion for planetary science with the next generation and ensure everyone from all backgrounds are given the same opportunities to pursue a career in space.

If you would like to learn more about Melissa’s work, you can find more information on her Europlanet Early Career profile, or you can connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Host and creator: Gavin Tolometti

Music Credit: https://www.purple-planet.com

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