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News and features articles   

    Please click here to read a selection of my articles for Science, Science Careers, Physics World, Materials World, E&T, Interactions, The Times Higher Education Supplement and New Scientist

Policy Projects

    In 2018 I wrote Models of reward: and the rewards of collaboration published as part of the Royal Society’s Research Culture Collaboration Collections essays about scientific collaborations. 

    Between June 2012 and March 2013, I w  

    In 2010 I wrote Improving Treatments, Saving Lives: The Importance of Physics, Engineering and Technology in UK Healthcare for the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). 


    My writing for websites has so far included writing profiles of physicists for the membership section of the Institute of Physics website, and co-writing/editing the What do our members do? section content of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine website.  Previously, in 2002, I wrote a quiz for the Science Year website to win copies of The Way Science Works.  

Brochures on Medical Physics and Engineering


    Between 2005 and 2009, I wrote numbers 2 to 6 inclusive of a series of Spotlight brochures for the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) highlighting how new and emerging physics and engineering research is used within medicine to benefit patients. The topics I covered were: Positron Emission Tomography/Computerised Tomography Imaging, Optical Techniques in Medical Imaging, Electronic Technology for Independent Living, Proton and Ion Therapy, and New Applications in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Careers Brochures and Leaflets

    In 2008, I co-wrote (with Taj Bhutta) the Institute of Physics (IOP) Physics at A-level leaflet.
Meanwhile in 2006, I wrote two brochures promoting careers in clinical science and engineering: Just the Job for 15-18 year olds, and Moving on Up for graduates, for the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Press Releases

    Between 2000 and 2004, I wrote press releases for the following conferences run by the Institute of Physics:  
2 releases for the Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (CMMP) Conference in April 2004; 1 release for the CMMP Conference in April 2003; 5 releases for the 26th International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors in July 2002; 5 releases for the CMMP Conference in April 2002; 1 release for the Dielectrics Group Meeting in December 2001; 6 releases for the CMMP Conference in December 2000; and 6 releases for the Applied Optics and Opto-Electronics Conference in September 2000.

    Please click on the titles below to access a selection of these press releases.   

Ice Plays Role In Star Formation

Stretching the imagination - the amazing properties of 'liquid crystal elastomers'

Physicists help Met Office predict severity of snow falls

Invited Contributions

    To see my entry in the What Inspired You? survey of 'key thinkers in science, technology and medicine', which was conducted by spiked  in collaboration with Pfizer please click here.

    Also conducted by spiked in collaboration with Pfizer was the What's the greatest innovation? survey. I was one of the 'contributors …asked to identify what they see as the greatest innovation in their field'.
Click here to see my contribution.

    In addition, I have an entry in spiked online's Enlightening the Future 2024 'survey of experts, opinion formers and interesting thinkers', which was conducted in collaboration with Orange, and aimed 'to identify some key questions facing the next generation'.

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