Spreading the Word

I’m passionate about engaging people with my research, and also with science in general.

I was a STEMNET ambassador, and still give regular talks to schools, amateur societies in London and the South-East. Please feel to get in touch for speaking or media opportunities.

I have also been an invited keynote speaker at events such as the British Science Festival and The Times Cheltenham Science Festival. I also gave regular educational tours and presentations of the RPIF at UCL.

I even tried my hand at a bit of science stand-up – next time I’ll need a bigger rocket.

Below is a list of some of my recent public engagement activities.



Radio / Podcasts

Recent Talks

  • Cheltenham Science Festival

  • British Science Festival (x2)

  • Royal Observatory Greenwich

  • Natural History Museum

  • Festival of Geology

  • British Space Conference

  • Newbury Astronomical Society

  • Astronomy Ireland

  • Pint of Science

  • Islington Space Festival

  • Geological Society of the Isle of Wight

  • Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society

  • West Sussex Geological Society

  • Hampstead Scientific Society

  • Harrow & Hillingdon Geological Society

  • Association of British Science Writers


  • “New Rover Will Reach Mars In 2018 And Drill Two Meters Below The Surface In Search Of Life”. IFL Science, 2 November, 2015 (web)

  • “ExoMars rover: Landing preference is for Oxia Planum”. BBC, 21 October, 2015 (web)

  • “10 Miles of Mars”. Pi Magazine, December 2013 (web)

  • “Supervolcanoes ripped up early Mars”. BBC, 2 October 2013. (web)

  • “Curiosity Rover finds water in Martian soil indicating a planetary ‘abundance'”. Wired.co.uk, 27 September 2013. (web)

  • “Nasa’s Curiosity rover finds water in Martian soil”. The Guardian, 27 September 2013. (web)

  • “From Star Wars to Mars via a load of old rocks”, Phys. Educ. 47, 771, 2012. (web)

  • “Curiosity rover: after ‘beautiful’ test drive, Nasa sets sights on Glenelg”. The Guardian, 23 August 2012. (web)

  • “The Moon is shrinking, say scientists”. The Guardian, 19 August 2010. (web)

  • “Seeing through Lyell’s eyes”. Geoscientist, 19 (11), 6, November 2009. (web)

  • “Career File: Planetary Geologist”. Space UK , 27, 21, March 2009.

  • “Mystery stone circles may point to water on Mars”. New Scientist, 2689 , 02/01/09. (web)

  • “Did a collision create Venus as we know it?”. New Scientist, 2644 , 26/02/08. (web)

  • “Will they ever walk on the moon?”. The Daily Telegraph, 05/09/06, p 31.


  • “Searching for life on Mars: ESA narrows choice of ExoMars landing sites”. The Guardian, 15 December 2014 (web)

  • “Diverted landslides in Valles Marineris”. Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month. November 2014 (web)

  • “Searching for life on Mars: where should the ExoMars rover land?”. The Guardian, 26 March 2014 (web)

  • “The Incredible Shrinking Moon”. MoonZoo blog, 6 September 2010. (web)

Research As Art

  • “10 Miles of Mars”. North Cloisters, UCL, 2013. (web)

  • “Another Way of Seeing : Contemporary Art responds to Planetary Science”. UCL, 2013. (web)

  • “Impact! – A Pop-up Exhibition”. The Rock Room, UCL, 2013. (web)

  • “Digital Fontiers”. Octagon Gallery, UCL. 2013. (web)

  • “Distant Vistas”. South Cloisters, UCL, 2011.

  • “Out of Sight”. North Cloisters, UCL, 2008. (web)

  • “Beyond Measure: Conversations across are and science”. Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 2008. (web)