Dr. Ödman is Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and Associate Director, Development and Outreach at the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA). Trained in physics at EPFL in Switzerland, she holds a PhD in cosmology from Cambridge University, UK where she worked on Bayesian approaches to cosmological parameter estimation. She has done research in several fields of physics and developed educational programmes based on science from early childhood to postgraduate training. She has also worked in a financial technology startup. She now focuses on researching and bringing a development agenda to science. Her work has earned her numerous awards nationally and internationally. In 2018 she was awarded a Special prize by the International Astronomical Union for her work in Education Development and Outreach. Most recently, she was part of the #InspiringFifty 2020 South Africa cohort.