Upcoming Events


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Need a Science Communicator?

Are you looking for an engaging speaker to talk about space and astronomy?

I love to share my passion for space science, and you can get an idea of some of my outreach work in the list of Past Events below. If you don’t see your particular topic of interest in there, no worries! I’m happy to create new material tailored to your event.

Feel free to contact me so we can talk about it!


Past Events

Hosting @People_ Of_Space

Social media

August 2019

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People of Space is a twitter account created by Tarustralis, an Aussie/US TV Producer and social media correspondent with a sweet tooth for science. Each week a new “Space Person” - astronomer, astronaut, what have you- takes over to host the twitter account and gets free reign to talk about whatever they want: Sharing their love of space, and their lives as scientists. I had the privilege the curate content for them on the week of the 18th of August!

WORLD ASTRONOMY DAY

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Nowt so strange as folk

BBC Sheffield Radio Interview

May 2019

To celebrate World Astronomy Day my friend Becky Arnold and I made a live appearance on “Nowt So Strange As Folk!” presented by Leesh and Kat on BBC Radio Sheffield (88.6FM).

If you missed the show, fear not! It is now available on the BBC online player. Our bit starts at minute 43 and ends at minute 56 with a short musical break in the middle.

 

SHEFFIELD ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

SUPERNOVAE: WHEN STARS GO WITH A BANG (45min)

January 2019

Core Collapse Supernovae are some of the most powerful explosions in the Universe. They can shine as bright as ten billions suns and are responsible for creating most of the elements we are made of. In this talk I will provide an overview of this incredible phenomenon, and what we know about it.

 

SITE GALLERY OPENING

A 10 MINUTE JOURNEY ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

October 2018 - Sheffield

After a two year closure for expansion, the modern art Site Gallery re-opened at the heart of Sheffield on the 28th of September. A curated happening was organised by Nwando Ebizie for the occasion, and I had the pleasure to be invited to perform at the event. In the soothing atmosphere created by Nwando and the other artists, I took the public on a journey to better understand where we come from, the vastness of space, the beauty of galaxy, how stars live, how they die, and how they create the elements that we are made of.

 

SOAPBOX SCIENCE

HOW DO STARS LIVE AND DIE?

September 2018 - Sheffield

Stars are the factories of the universe. They create the building blocks that make up nearly everything you see around you. At soap box science I had the pleasure to stand in the Sheffield City Centre and talk about how stars live and how they die, as well as answer questions of the public on anything from the nature of shooting stars to the Big Bang.

PINT OF SCIENCE

STELLAR DEATHS AND COSMIC FIREWORKS (10min)

May 2018 - Sheffield

Core collapse supernovae mark the deaths of the most massive stars in the Universe. They are responsible for release of the elements required for planets to form and life to arise. This joint talk with Jost Migenda covered how stars evolve, explode – and how we can use ghost-like particles called “neutrinos” to watch them become cosmic fireworks!

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CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE

SUPERNOVAE: WHEN STARS GO WITH A BANG (5min)

Mars 2018 - Sheffield

Sheffield's Cafe Scientifique teamed up with SHEFEST to show case the work of women in science. I had the pleasure to give a short  introduction to the field of supernovae, as well as being a panel member for a discussion on the experience of women in science. 

 
 
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COCKTAILS AND PHYSICS

SUPERNOVAE: WHEN STARS GO WITH A BANG (15min)

November 2017 - Sheffield

What are supernovae and why do they happen? In the relaxed atmosphere of Cocktails and Physics organised by Physics Unbound, we endeavoured to answer these questions and have a few laughs in a very approachable talk punctuated with a good dose of humour… and a few space themed cocktails!

 

MOBILE UNIVERSITY 

HOW DO SUPERNOVAE EXPLODE? (15min)

September 2017 - Sheffield

We are all made of stardust. Sounds whimsical? It’s science! Every time a star explodes, it generates this mysterious substance that forms the basis of all things – including us. The public of Sheffield could find out how and why this happens by hopping onto the Mobile University double-decker Bus!

 
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PUB.H.D

SUPERNOVAE: WHEN STARS GO WITH A BANG (10min) 

September 2017 -  Sheffield

Carl Sagan said, "we are made of star stuff". Well, that stuff comes from supernovae, the explosive deaths of massive stars. I gave a short overview of how stellar collapse can create an explosion brighter than a galaxy, by simply using a flip-chart a felt tip pen and a lot of arm flailing.  

 

DONCASTER ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

SUPERNOVAE: WHEN STARS GO WITH A BANG (45min)

August 2017 - Doncaster

I had the pleasure to give a  seminar at the Doncaster Astronomical Society, giving a deeper overview of the field of supernovae.  

 

SMASHFestUK

VOLCANOES ON OTHER PLANETS AND MOONS

May 2017 - Bradford

The theme of SMASHfestUK 2017 was volcanic activity. I had the pleasure to show case some of the amazing volcanic activity that happens on other planets and moons of the solar system. I also helped run some hands on activities for children to play around and understand asteroid impacts!

Cover image courtesy of NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Cover image courtesy of NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

 
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DISCOVERY NIGHT 2017

INVESTIGATING SPACE USING LIGHT (20min)

Mar 2017 - Sheffield

I had the pleasure to initiate children and parents to the wonders of light in collaboration with my friends  Martin Dyer and Professor Simon Goodwin. Hands on activities showed our audience how white light decomposes into colours, and how these colours can tell us about the chemical composition of stars and galaxies. We also played with an Infra-red camera to demonstrate that there is more to light than the eye can see. 

 

RESEARCHERS NIGHT 2016

HOW DO SUPERNOVAE EXPLODE? (15min)

September  2016 - Sheffield

This talk was aimed to be appropriate for teenagers passionate about science. When the most massive stars reach the end of their lives, they produce some of the most cataclysmic explosions in the Universe: Supernovae. They shine as bright as 10 billion Suns, and have the power to create the most heavy elements, the star dust, without which life would not be possible.

 

TAPTON SCHOOL TALK

HOW DO SUPERNOVAE EXPLODE? (45min)

September 2016 - Sheffield

This talk was aimed at an audience of high achieving sixth-formers. When the most massive stars reach the end of their lives, they produce some of the most cataclysmic explosions in the Universe: Supernovae. They shine as bright as 10 billion Suns, and have the power to create the most heavy elements, the star dust, without which life would not be possible. 

 

STEM IN SCHOOLS

4 workshops (3 hours each)

Mar 2016 - Sheffield

I had the pleasure the be part of a team of other volunteers to go and deliver a series of workshops in a primary school in the heart of Sheffield. We talked about space, dinosaurs, climate change and engineering with a port-folio of learning material and hands-on activities to engage with the children  and inspire their curiosity.