About

meThis blog was active when I was an academic. I now work primarily as a journalist. You can read my work on How We Get to Next, where I’m editor, or the Guardian science blog network, follow me on Twitter or check out my main professional site.

I was a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, and a Lecturer in the Science Communication Group at Imperial. Before that, I worked as Special Projects Officer for Science Year and was an Explainer at the Science Museum. I’ve also taught at UCL and City University, and spent some time at American University in DC.

I have degrees in history of science and sociology of education, and did a PhD on children’s science media. I once accidentally helped raise £15k for libel reform and used to help run the Science Question Time debates. Somewhere at the back of my wardrobe is a Guinness World Record certificate.

As well as my work for the Guardian, I’ve written for the Observer, Research Fortnight, Al Jazeera and Red Pepper, and been on BBC Radio a few times too. At Imperial, I piloted and launched an innovative interdisciplinary course on climate change for undergraduates, taught on their MSc in Science Communication and played a small role in the BBC Trust review of science coverage. At Sussex, I was Head of Public Engagement for SPRU, taught postgrads and led and assisted series of funding bids on issues in science and technology policy.

Full CV available on request. If you want me to work for you (or just want to ask me something), my gmail address is the same as the URL here.