AstroNoir started as a science communications platform with the aim to make science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) accessible and inclusive for all.
We cover a range of topics related to natural sciences (ie Earth and space sciences), engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, agricultural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Since our start in 2020, we have posted blog posts, hosted talks, published videos, and more.
Founded in April 2020, our first blog post “America’s multifaceted truth: NASA, SpaceX, and Black Lives Matter” was based on a NASA Social meeting that our founder, Chaneil James, attended for the initial Crew Dragon launch in May 2020 whilst there was an increase in Black Lives Matter protests globally. This blog post sparked the interest of those in the online scientific community and led to even further conversation about the need for representation in academia and industry. This included Chaneil being interviewed by a cast member from Alcon Entertainments' “The Expanse”.
Since then we have organised numerous events. Throughout 2020, 2021, and 2022 we hosted - and participated in - events in collaboration with the UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UKSEDS), University College London’s (UCL's) Center for Outer Space Studies (COSS), and UCL's Earth Sciences Department Ethnic Diversity Network. Furthermore, amongst our various science communications material, we have also featured a blog post series for Black Women in Astro.
Whilst we prioritize science outreach, we also want to help people throughout various sectors grow their connections; linking citizen scientists with industry, academia, and governments.