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Eva-Maria Ahrer

How did your journey into Physics begin?

I started being interested in Physics relatively late, when I was around 15/16 years old. I always enjoyed Maths but it was only when I had two amazing teachers in my high school that I started enjoying Physics too, in particular Astronomy.

What is your favourite thing about your research area?

I study the atmospheres of planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. The best part about my research is the high level of unpredictability on which molecules/clouds/etc. we will find on planets which are so unlike the ones we have in our solar system.

Why do you think it is important to highlight women in science? What does it mean to you?

Representation and visibility of women in Science is of great importance as society needs to acknowledge that the gender imbalance in Science is an issue. Young girls - like me when I was young - are still told that Physics is a boys thing and I hope we can show that this is not true by highlighting all these amazing women doing Science.