I regularly give talks to the public on various aspects of planetary science and space exploration. Each talk can be tailored to the level of the audience (available levels are given in square brackets). All talks for Key Stage 2-5 address specific areas of the curriculum. I only usually charge for travel expenses.
Future talk dates (please note school visits are not included for reasons of safety):
- Friday 21st November 2014, Blackheath Scientific Society, London: “The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan”
- Tuesday 22nd September 2015, Dorking and District Radio Society, Dorking: “Exploring the Solar System with Robots”
The talks I give are:
- “The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan” – KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (11+)
- “Exploring the Solar System with Robots” – KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (11+)
- “The Plumes of Enceladus” – KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (11+)
- “The JUICE Mission to Jupiter and Ganymede” – KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)
- “Wandering Giants: Stories from Giant Planets” – KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)
- “The Birth of the Solar System” – KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)
- “The Lives of Stars” – KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)
- “Communicating and Navigating Around the World with Satellites” – KS4/KS5/Adult (14+)
All the talks are richly illustrated and include movies to illustrate various points.
Past Talks and Highlights
- Thursday 30th October 2014, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Brighton: “Exploring the Solar System with Robots”
- 8th March 2014, Herstmonceux Observatory and Science Centre, near Eastbourne: “Getting JUICEd – Europe goes to Jupiter”
- 19th July, 2013, Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society, East Ayton: “Space Chemistry”
- 25th May 2013, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton: Talk on Creation, Chaos and Ccience before a performance of Haydn’s “The Creation” by Sussex Chorus as part of Brighton Fringe Arts Festival.
I regularly supervise summer students (A-level to degree level) on placements. Some of these students have gone on to present their work at a national level and have won awards.