I’m a scientist, science communicator and salsa teacher. I’m based at the University of Glasgow where I am the public engagement officer, looking to create beneficial dialogues around research.
I’ve a degree in chemical physics and a Ph.D in chemistry and electrical engineering. My speciality lies in materials science, in particular nanotechnology for renewable energy applications.
As a professional science communicator, I travel around the UK sharing my love of science or training others to do the same. Most of my work is on stage and I’ll see 10,000-20,000 people a year with self-written and performed interactive science shows. I’ve presented on national TV and radio and I’ve delivered talks and training as far afield as Hong Kong and Tanzania.
Being the only central coordinator for public engagement at the University of Glasgow I am one of the UK’s leading experts in engagement with research. I deliver training and consultation helping researchers to produce powerful and beneficial engagement with non-specialist audiences.
By night I’m also a Cuban salsa teacher and have over 10 years’ experience getting people dancing.
Awards and achievements
- One of “The 100 Leading Practising UK Scientists” – The Science Council
- One of the “175 Faces of Chemistry”- The Royal Society of Chemistry
- Winner of the International “3 minute thesis” competition
- Runner up in the UK final of Famelab
- Had work published in over 14 different countries in 9 different languages
- One of the University of Glasgow's "World Changers"