Currently: Astronomer - Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (Paris)
Expertise: Physics & Astronomy
Highest qualification: Doctorate (PhD, DPhil)
I have been bitten by the public outreach bug (if I may say!) since a few years and am delighted by every opportunity I have to talk to the public about solar eruptions, solar storms and space weather. (Earthlings, beware!)
My experience is mostly academic (>30 conference talks and invited lectures/seminars) but have also participated in the following:
August 2015 – August 2016: Solar Storm VR (UK)
I am the Principal Investigator on a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC, UK) Public Engagement Small Awards, bridging new technologies (virtual reality) and science. Our project is: “Travel through a solar storm: an immersive virtual reality experience” (More info at: solarstormvr.com). I presented the projects at: Smashfest UK (February 2016), the Edinburgh International Science Festival (March 2016) and The Times Cheltenham Science Festival (June 2016). I also obtained an award for public engagement from the Société Française d’Astrophysique et d’Astronomie (Sf2A) to develop the project in France.
October 2015: Royal Society Media Skills Training
I participate in the Media Skills Training workshop with noted science communicator Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (BBC Sky at Night presenter), and trained in media communications (TV, radio and newspaper, more details here ).
September 2015: Café Science Glasgow
I presented the science of solar flares and talked about my research at the French Café Science in Glasgow.
Summer 2015: Release of AXA Research files Youtube video “What happens when a solar flare strikes the Earth?”
I was filmed for the AXA Research files youtube channel on the science of solar flares alongside British science presenter Greg Foot, as we talked about why solar flares are important for human societies. (Filming credits: Coast Agency)
January 2015: Famelab UK 2015
Selected at the local heat (“What is the Sun up to? This week’s space weather forecast”), I won the wildcard (2nd position) at the regional competition in Edinburgh (“Finding new worlds and saving lives on Earth: the beauty of space exploration”) (here)
July 2013: AXA POP Day Multi Risks 2013
“How to explain research to sponsors, non-academics or friends… an impact public debate?”
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