Public Speaking

Pic2I regularly receive invites to share the world of science through enthusiastic and entertaining talks. Topics of talk cover all areas of physics and the scientific method. The audiences attending have ranged quite literally from 8 – 80+; primary school children through to continued learning institutes. I enjoy venues outside of the traditional lecture theatre and have spoken at music festivals, museums, art exhibitions, night clubs, professional institutions, corporate events, events and pubs. No matter the topic I ensure to enliven talks with demonstrations and audience participation. Invitations have come from private enterprise, The Institute of Physics, Royal Institute, British Science Association, and special interest groups. If you think you’d be interested in booking me for a talk do get in contact.

Some topics I have talked on in the past include:

How to Build a Universe

Using LEGO building blocks as we journey through the history of the Universe from the Big Bang to modern day. Along the route we learn of the forces of nature and the subatomic indivisible units from which everything is built from. This talk is suitable for kids of all ages, and content can be tailored to the scientific understanding of the audience.

Serendipitous Science

Sometimes scientific discoveries came come out of the blue. Accidental discoveries have produced rivaled leaps in knowledge; also a Nobel Prize or two. This talk covers examples of such serendipitous science in the fields of cosmology, physics, and space science.

Ghostly Matter: Neutrinos

The most numerous subatomic particle, most neutrinos float through the entire cosmos without noticing its existence. The ghostly behaviour of these particles makes them the number one suspect to answer some of the biggest questions in science today; from faster than light travel to the creation of the Universe.

The Higgs Boson

Almost five decades. The careers of 1000’s upon 1000’s of scientists and engineers. One subatomic particle. In 2012 experiments at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) found definitive evidence of the Higgs Boson for which Peter Higgs and Francois Englert were awarded the Nobel prize in 2013. This talk covers the what, why, and how of the Higgs Boson and its discovery.

Seeing the Invisible

Our eyes are amazing instruments but leave us blind to so much of the Universe. Through the eyes of technology we have expanded our scientific horizons from the deep cosmos to the inside of an atom. Through the history of communications, astronomy and particle physics this talk explores the invisible made visible.

Quantum Weirdness or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Atom

Things don’t behave quite the way you’d expect when you experiment with the smallest things in Nature. The world of quantum physics has been interpreted into maths but as yet we are unsure as to why they behave they way they do. This talk covers the main points of quantum physics and explains the big questions still to answer.