I am a scientist, science writer, and science educator. As an accomplished public speaker I have delivered talks, chaired discussions, and presented workshops on different sciences and for varied audiences from corporate events to schools. My method of approaching abstract science with clear visual and everyday metaphors have resulted in successful collaborations and consultations with artists, educators, and the media.
Please contact me if you would like to collaborate or talk about science.
The only student in my sixth form opting for A-Level physics, I was sent to a girls school to study as the only male in a class of 30. With an interest in rocket science I went to the University of Leicester where I gained a masters in Physics with Space Science and Technology in 2005. Before I left Leicester my interests had already turned to the field of particle physics.
I obtained a studentship to study for a PhD in experimental particle physics at The University of Sheffield. Here I joined the international T2K neutrino particle physics experiment in its formative years. I finalised a design of one of the experiments sub-detectors and developed pattern recognition techniques to reconstruct and identify particles. In 2009 I was awarded my PhD and I continued my work on T2K with a move to Queen Mary, University of London (QML). Here I took charge of the experiments computing effort. Working with colleagues around the world I ensured that the experiment could process and distribute big data globally. I also developed analysis techniques to extract physics from experimental data using neural networks.
Since joining QML in 2009 I have been involved in the university’s outreach programme. In the intervening years the variety, breadth and scale of my public engagement activities have grown. I have worked with designers, artists, the media, and other outreach professionals to innovate the way in which physics is communicated. In 2013 I was presented with two awards from my peers in the high energy physics community and the Institute of Physics physics communicators group for my work in communicating physics.