Elizabeth Tasker

Elizabeth Tasker

Astrophysicist &

Science Communicator


Science Communication

I love writing and speaking about science for any audience.  My main expertise is exoplanets and space missions, but I've covered topics as diverse as star tables in ancient Egypt to deep-sea drilling for uncovering the cause of Earthquakes! 

At JAXA, I write a monthly research blog on our activities and also the English news page for our mission to the moons of Mars. 

My articles have been published in magazines and online in locations including Scientific American, Astronomy Magazine, Nautilus, space.com and The Conversation. 

More details of my writing and talks can be found here.  



Email: elizabeth.tasker(at)jaxa.jp

I can be found on Google+ and twitter. 

Also, we try and keep things cool and professional here but if you're looking for (largely) true stories about life in Japan, you're probably after my personal page, Girl & Kat.



[2018] Feature piece for ROOM: The Space Journal (December), ‘Visiting an asteroid to find out how life began’.

[2018] 'Mission Control' for Nature Astronomy (June), 'Bringing home a piece of our past'.

[2017] Feature piece for 'How it Works' magazine (October), 'Searching for another Earth'.

[2016] Feature piece for 'Astronomy Magazine' (April), 'New missions mine asteroid secrets', on the Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx sample retrieval missions to the asteroids.

[2015] Feature piece for 'Scientific American' magazine (October), 'Stars of the dead', written with Sarah Symons on her research on ancient Egyptian star tables. 

[2014] 2nd prize in the 'Chemistry World' (UK Royal Society of Chemistry's publication) science communication competition: 'Tunnelling through barriers to explain the impossible'. 800 word article published in their magazine that introduced the work of Naoki Watanabe (Hokkaido University) in exploring how molecules form in the frozen depths of star forming clouds. (Brief description of the competition here.)





Additional sites

space.com: 'If Hitomi is Lost, What Science is Lost With It? (Op-Ed)', 2016

Nautilus: 'Humankind’s Most Ambitious Search for Life’s Beginnings', 2015

Blog post follow-up for 'Chemistry World' on the hows and whys of the piece entered in their science communication competition.

Article for 'The Toast', 'How to build a galaxy and fight an army', 2013

2nd Prize in the Royal Astronomical Society writing competition for graduate students for an article on 'How to Build a Universe', 2004

Article published in the university alumni magazine, 'Durham First', on an anti-malaria drug being developed by researchers at Durham University, UK, 2000.

Winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Science Writers Awards with a piece on light emitting plastics, 1999.