Science Communication

Science Communication

My work in public engagement began in 2011 during my Ph.D. when I helped run talks aimed at the general public by the Astrophysics group at Imperial College London. Since then, science communication has grown to be more than a side gig. It’s the central part of my career, whether it is written word for my full time job at IFLScience, in a variety of forms for my blog, talks, pop-events in museums, and for event organisation.

Talks & Festivals

I've given talks at many different types of events and in different styles. I've been invited to speak at the Royal Observatory of Greenwich and the Cheltenham Science Festival. I've given talks at the Science Museum, at the World Sci-Fi convention, in Parliament, at a literary salon in Shoreditch, and with Science Show Off a few times. [Photo credit: Steve Cross]

Pop-Up Activities

I've organised pop-up activities for the Lates at the Royal Institution when I was chair of Science London, and since. I enjoy the design of these transient museum exhibitions as they need to convey and deliver messages in a completely unique way compared to regular talks or for a permanent collection.

Event Organisation

Public engagement is not all about the limelight, and I enjoy the behind the scenes organisation of events just as much as I enjoy talking about science. I organised the IFLScience LIVE event in May 2017 in Bush Hall and I regularly organise Out Thinkers, an event where LGBT scientists and engineers can showcase their work.

Journalism

While the interest for communicating science in the written form has always been with me, it became a profession in 2015 when I started working for IFLScience. In the last two years, I’ve produced more than 1,500 articles mostly on space and physics which are my areas of expertise and also on medicine, archaeology, and social sciences. I’ve also written about astronomy for Italian publications such as the Corriere Della Sera.

Below are a couple of pieces from IFLScience that I’m particularly proud of, and a selection of blog posts from The Astroholic.

From The Astroholic

I recently talked about how time travel to the past is unlikely to be possible. That came with the label that we haven't found a law that tells us that it's impossible just yet. We have hints, but no certainty. So what if time travel was suddenly possible? Who should be using it? For what reason? And with what limits? Let's...
What does it actually look like in the asteroid belt? Is it anything like as dense as is shown in films? Or is it more like you can see one or two rocks in the distance? Matthew, Amsterdam Contrary to popular belief, the asteroid belt is mostly empty and it's not the crammed zone of potato shaped rocks seen in films...
If by big we mean physical dimension, the largest known galaxy is most likely IC1101. IC1101 is gargantuan even among galaxies; it's a super elliptical galaxy with a diffuse stellar halo that to extends to at least 1.4 million light years. The Milky Way's halo by comparison extends to about 100.000 lights years. In the picture we see an artistic rendition of...

Colliding stars

I know that likelihood of stars colliding is very low, but have there been papers describing the theoretical process of star collision? James, London I think we can divide star-collision into three classes: Stellar Mergers Binary collisions Stellar Collision Under the stellar merger label we include the theoretical stars which are formed in tightly bound clusters and in their infancy merge to form very massive...
"Everyone always wants to turn the earth in a black hole! Instead, COULD YOU turn it into a neutron star?" Ooooh! I like this question! Chris is right, black holes hold the fascination of many as the densest objects in the universe, but the "humble" neutron stars shouldn't be considered the offsprings of a lesser god.
The Sun is responsible for all life on Earth and most of our planet's means of energy production depends on the Sun. We are told that without it we cannot survive, or at least told that we can't survive for very long. My question is just that: how long would we survive? Our thought experiment starts with an unphysical event....
Last night I had a nightmare that the centre of London was nuked. In my half-sleep state I tried working out if I could survive just by getting under my mattress or if I had to get out of bed to be more proactive for my survival. First, I had to check what kind of bomb could detonate in Piccadilly...
Dear Mr Science Guy, How many calories would get in a bottle of antimatter? How long would it take to burn off at the gym if you drank it? Thank you, Rob, age 30 Rob asks a very interesting question which allows me to explain several different concepts. First of all, what is anti-matter? Anti-matter is a substance composed of anti-particles, which have the...

Can anyone hear us?

Assuming that there are other intelligent civilisations out there in the universe, what is the likelihood that we'll ever be able to communicate? The key to answer this question is to look at the Drake Equation. Where N is the number of civilisations in our galaxy with which radio-communication might be possible (i.e. planets past our light cone); The DE tells...
I know why the moon goes red during a total eclipse. But why does it not go red until near totality? Phil, London This is actually a very interesting question, with an (unfortunately) unsatisfying answer. But let’s take a step back and clarify why the Moon goes red during an eclipse, for people who don’t know. The Moon goes red for the...