g-ASTRONOMY: The Universe, on the Tip of your Tongue

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in g-ASTRONOMY, Hands-On Universe, Outreach, Public lecture

An exciting and innovative public engagement project, g-ASTRONOMY, will bring the wonders of the universe to people with sight loss through a multi-sensorial gastronomical experience on March 14th 2017. g-ASTRONOMY aims to break the assumption that astronomy and astrophysics can only be understood in terms of visual representation. By creating simple, elegant (and edible) metaphors […]

g-ASTRONOMY: The cosmos at the tip of your tongue

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 in g-ASTRONOMY, Outreach, Public lecture, Science, universe

Astrophysics provides us with an exciting, engaging way to talk about the science of the cosmos and its importance for society. Posted on the IOP blog on Sept 20th 2016 Interest for astronomy and astrophysics is also one of the most-often cited reasons by students taking up physics at undergraduate level. But by its nature […]

Flux Dance Theatre: Weaving science into dance

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 in Hands-On Universe, News, Outreach
Flux Dance Theatre: Weaving science into dance

I was very pleased to be able to facilitate the participation of Flux Youth Theatre to last May’s Imperial Festival, the youth company of the innovative Flux Dance Theatre. Ran by two energetic and dynamic dancers, Charlotte Hale and Emma Dodds, Flux Dance Theatre focuses on science and how to weave it into dance and […]

An event well worth the ticket – even a Ferengi would agree!

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 in Hands-On Universe, Outreach
An event well worth the ticket – even a Ferengi would agree!

The annual World Science Fiction Convention begins on Thursday Aug 14th at London’s ExCeL, bringing together authors, artists, publishers, and fans of science fiction and fantasy. I’m excited to be participating in one of the stands in the Exhibitors Hall: “The Great Cosmic Show”, located at Stand 66 in the Exhibitors Hall of the Convention, sets […]

#IAS2014: Two manic weeks that surpassed all expectations

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in Hands-On Universe, Outreach

What’s more exciting than winning the World Cup, more nail-biting than the Wimbledon final, more rewarding than getting a Nobel Prize, and at least as fun as looking for dark matter in the sky? Taking part to the I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, and getting through what I can only describe as a […]

“I didn’t know science could be so tasty!” @GSC1

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 in Hands-On Universe, Outreach
“I didn’t know science could be so tasty!” @GSC1

The weather was predictably dismal in Glasgow on that bank holiday weekend. The calendar said that it was last weekend of May, but the temperature felt more like February. I didn’t mind — the bad weather suited my goals just fine.   I had travelled up to Scotland to set up my Cosmic Fun Club […]

Building the solar system with fruits and veg

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in Hands-On Universe, Outreach, Talks in schools
Building the solar system with fruits and veg

Year 5 and 6 pupils at Norland Place school had great fun in building our solar system with fruits and vegetables (roughly) to scale. The introduction of crushed peppercorns for asteroids was definitely a bonus. Mercury   0.38 BLUEBERRY Venus           0.95 YELLOW TOMATO Earth           1.00 […]

The Hands-On Universe public engagement programme

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in Hands-On Universe, News, Outreach
The Hands-On Universe public engagement programme

Cosmology and astrophysics address some of the most fundamental and universally fascinating questions in the whole of science: Where did the Universe come from? What is it made of? What will its ultimate fate be? The study of the Universe is inspiring, humbling and in short one of the greatest scientific challenges of humankind. But by […]