Dr. Heloise F. Stevance
ASTROPHYSICIST — SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR
I was born and brought up in France and moved to the Sheffield (UK) in 2011 to start a degree in Physics and Astronomy. In 2014 to La Palma for my Master’s year, working at the Isaac Newton Group of telescopes as a support astronomer and doing a project on Near Earth Asteroids. I then moved back to Sheffield in 2015 to do a PhD on Core Collapse Supernovae, trying to better understand their shapes using spectropolarimetry.
2019-present University of Auckland
With the goal to better understand Gravitational Waves and their progenitors, I am currently writing a dedicated code base to bridge the gap between state of the art stellar population synthesis models and observations of distant galaxies obtained with cutting-edge instrumentation.
My Side Gigs
I have a passion for public engagement and scientific outreach. You can learn more by clicking on the link below or checking the "Public Event" pages!
I also make science graphics and illustrations for communication and outreach purposes. These are free to use and modify and are licensed under a CC-BY 4.0.
2019 Ph.D Astrophysics
2015 MPhys. Physics and Astronomy First Class with Honours
2017 AFHEA (Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
Team work experience (including international collaborations)
Great public speaking experience
Leadership and Management
Statistics (includes Bayesian)
Git and GitHub
Python Package development
Object Oriented Programming
PGR Representative to the Faculty
2017-2019 University of Sheffield
I represent the post graduates of the department of physics and astronomy to the faculty of science of the University of Sheffield. I am driving a number of projects at departmental and faculty level, mostly concerning Equity and Diversity, as well as facilitating reporting of bullying and harassment issues.
08-09/2018 Beamly London, England
I was a participant in the Science to Data Science program and worked on a project for the MarTech Company Beamly. I worked in a team of 4, on Time Series Analysis of trends in beauty. The project involved extracting data from a database stored on the cloud in AWS S3, cleaning the data and producing a forecast. We were able to extract long from short term trends and produce forecast using Prophet.
08-09/2018 Science to Data Science London, England
The course included introductory lectures on Machine Learning with Python, SQL, Ethics in Data Science, Business, Economy, Finance, Project Management. I worked in a team with three other participants at Beamly (see above). Although we did not know each other before working together and had very different backgrounds, we were very successful in communicating and using our skills with synergy.
07–09/2017 University of Sheffield
I designed a project and obtained funding for an undergraduate student to work with me over the summer. Their work was based around using my own data reduction pipeline to reduce data. I supervised the student for 7 weeks and helped them write a report and prepare for a talk on the project.
2015–2018 University of Sheffield
I taught and marked problems classes and labs for first and second year astronomy modules. It was a fantastic experience to improve my ability to explain difficult concepts to people of various backgrounds.
2014–2015 Isaac Newton Group LaPalma, Spain
I was a support astronomer at the Isaac Newton Telescope during my year spent at the Isaac Newton Group. This was a customer facing experience which also involved complex problem solving when trouble shooting issues with the telescope and its control system.
I privately taught mathematics and sciences to GCSE students of varying levels. All my students achieved the results they aimed for.
Awards and Grants
Tom Kaiser Award 2014
Awarded once a year to the undergraduate student showing the best appreciation of their subject.
Think Ahead SURE 2017
Designed a project for an undergraduate summer studentship and
obtained £1,260 to have a student work with me for 7 weeks in the summer of 2017.
Roller Derby (with the Sheffield Steel Roller Girl)
Cooking and baking
Going for a pint with my friends and playing snooker very badly