Meet The Team

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Chaneil James, MSc.

Founder &

Senior Research Consultant

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Chaneil completed her BSc in Earth Sciences at University College London (UCL), where her final year Geosciences Project was titled “The Evolution of Mercury’s Core”. During her time at UCL she worked for NASA FDL/FDL Europe and was a student intern at CERN. In the final year of her undergraduate degree, Chaneil became the Diversity Coordinator for UKSEDS. 

 

She completed an MS in Astrophysics, Particle Physics, and Cosmology at the University of Barcelona (UB). Her thesis discussed the characteristics of suprathermal particles - that pass from the Sun towards the Earth and are measured by the Solar Orbiter satellite. In her first year, whilst studying for a master's, Chaneil was the Head of Sponsorship at the Edinburgh Women in Space 2021 event. Since the beginning of her master's, Chaneil has been a Freelance Scientific Journalist for Physics World and Subject Matter Expert in Earth and space sciences for many NASA SpaceApps Hackathon events. 

After completing her master's, as of October 2022 - Chaneil has become the Science Communications Coordinator at the Arctic Basecamp Foundation. Furthermore, Chaneil was honoured to act as an independent expert at the United Nations Economic Commission of Europe's Nineteenth session of the Joint Task Force on Environmental Statistics and Indicators.

 

In addition, with over a decade of experience as an educator - such as tutoring and teaching - Chaneil found that children and adults would often be intimidated by scientific topics. This, she believed, came from the lack of representation and inaccessibility of the science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) subjects. Subsequently, this led to the creation of AstroNoir in 2020.

Christophe undertook his BEng in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton and completed his final year project on the development and use of solid lubricants in space. After finding his passion for the space industry, he is now studying for an MSc in Space Engineering at Politecnico di Milano with a particular focus on propulsion systems.

 

Christophe found that children and teenagers show immense curiosity towards sciences and constantly look for answers to how the world works. However, this curiosity tends to fade away once they are told that these questions involve long mathematical equations and complex problems. He believes that by making science a fun-learning experience, this curiosity will remain, influencing more and more youngsters to join this branch of knowledge. Christophe is committed to ensuring AstroNoir achieves this goal by increasing the exposure of children and teenagers to STEM with the use of events and projects. 

 

Having gained engineering experience through curricular and extra-curricular projects, Christophe also enjoys sports and expressing his creativity through music and drawing.

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Asante Boyce, MSc.

Chief Project Officer (CPO) & Research Editor

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Asanté holds a BA Hons in Sociology and Criminology, during which she completed a thesis on the experiences and perceptions of sisterhood within the Black British community. 

 

Though originally from London, Asanté is currently living in the Netherlands. Completing an MSc in Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship. She researched the knowledge and perceptions of people with a refugee background in Utrecht, regarding the environment and sustainability. Asanté has a keen interest in the socio-cultural factors involved in sustainability and the environment, particularly the inclusion of diverse perspectives. She also believes in ensuring that young people are aware of the impacts and policies surrounding environmental-related issues such as climate change. With AstroNoir, Asanté knows that such scientific-related topics will also be made approachable for young people and help develop representation within such fields. Additionally, by volunteering as a Networking & Outreach Officer for ClimaTalk she is able to further the work on this. 

 

She is also interested in food waste/management, soil degradation, and education. A lover of documentaries and non-fiction books, she always appreciates any recommendations!

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