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
Cheltenham Science Festival
British Science Festival (x2)
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Natural History Museum
Festival of Geology
British Space Conference
Newbury Astronomical Society
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)
Ordnance Survey Mars Map, 2016 (blog, Flickr) – press coverage: The Times, BBC, Wired, Vice, Metro, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Gizmodo, Gizmag, The Mirror, CS Monitor, The Guardian, Engadget, Discovery News.
Where on Mars, Advisor, 2015 (web)
Science Showoff, Invited guest, Bloomsbury Theatre, London, 2013. (web)
Royal Society Summer Exhibition, “Ice Worlds” Co-organiser, London, 2013. (web)
BBC Stargazing Live, Expert Panel member, Royal Observatory London, Greenwich, 2013.