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

"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.
In a previous post, I discussed how long the Earth would be able to survive without the Sun. We had to assume that our star would magically disappear into nothingness. My friend Gavin asked online: “Can we have a follow-up on no Sun and the effect on orbits?” Thank you. I am now feeling cold & I feel I need to move...
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...
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....
A few years ago I filmed a vlog ranting about Astrology being nonsense and I'm now revisiting the subject, not because something has changed (it's still bullshit), but because I think I understand my anger a bit better. A discussion arose in work concerning the most annoying unfounded beliefs that people have. Antivaxxers are by far the most despised category,...
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...
In this PodcAstroholic we answered the question "Why is the solar corona hotter than the surface of the Sun?" UPDATE!!! I got a scolding (or a scalding since we are talking about how hot the solar corona is :p ) by two solar physicist colleagues Dr. Maria Desi Espuig and Dr. Will Ball about this podcast as I got something wrong,...
The orbit of Jupiter's moons are all messed up and seemingly overlap. Do they interact much? Greg, U.S. Jupiter has 67 confirmed moons. Of these, 8 are regular satellites with nice prograde motion (they move in agreement with Jupiter rotation). The regular moons are divided between the Galilean moon (Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto) and the Amalthea group (Amalthea, Thebe, Metis, Adrastea). The...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnYSsSEBZnE There's a creature on earth that can survive the most extreme conditions on (and thanks to humans off) the planet! It's called a tardigrade, but people also call it a “waterbear” or “moss piglet." Tardigrades are aquatic eight-legged animals no longer than one millimeter in length and they live usually in moss and sediments at the bottom of lakes. There are over...
As we discussed in the previous vlog our understanding of stars is still incomplete, but there are areas which we are very confident on what we know. In general we tend to know three things about stars: their brightness, their spectrum, and if they are close enough or of known luminosity, we can also know their distance.