Bethan Williams


I am pansexual and non-binary and I am a PhD student.//


I am a pansexual and non-binary PhD student in astrophysics. I was born and raised in Liverpool, UK. I was interested in space from a very young age and had a talent for mathematics and science. However, a dislike of physics during high school meant physics was never originally my career plan! Eventually, however, I gained a love for the subject and I did an undergraduate Astrophysics MPhys degree at the University of Liverpool, being the first in my family to attend university. I am now a PhD student in astrophysics at Liverpool John Moores University’s Astrophysics Research Institute. My current research involves the study of massive star formation in extreme environments and the formation of planets around said stars. I also take part in science communication and education.

Visibility and inclusion in STEM is very important to me as I believe everyone should have a place in STEM! I place a lot of focus on LGBTQ+ representation in STEM, as well as on encouraging people from low income backgrounds, like I was, that a degree is achievable if they want it.