I established First Light Outreach as a company dedicated to sharing the excitement of the era of the first stars to as wide an audience as possible (I have written a book for Bloombury Sigma). The other branch of my company utilises my expertise in ensuring gender equality in academia.
I talk, I write, I use overstretched analogies, and I get so excited about my own research I almost tear up. Every time.
Previous speaking events have included:
Cheltenham Science Festival
New Scientist Live (biggest audience of the day and over-capacity)
University science festivals
Royal Institution science colloquia
A Space-themed clothing fashion launch
BBC Radio 4 Inside Science, and the Today programme
I have lately been featured in BBC’s “The Mysterious Universe” and BBC/NOVA “Universe Revealed: Age of Stars”
Recent freelance science journalism:
Illuminating dark matter – Physics World
Looking for the first light – Astronomy Now
The life-changing and long-lasting influence of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin – BBC Science Focus
Universal truths – The Big Issue
I take every chance to highlight the obstacles faced by women in academia. Sexual misconduct is the issue I focus on, and more details can be found here. For example, I have spoken on Sky News, Channel 5 News, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4 Today programme, LBC, BBC World Service… and I have blogged for the 1752 Group.
Also… I’m available on Zoom for talks, geeking out about radio telescopes and tea breaks. I like tea and I like breaks.