was delighted to be asked to give a Public Program Session, incorporating
a talk and Q&A session on Putting Your Best Virtual Foot Forward
the virtual AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Annual Meeting on February 9th 2021. This included giving advice on
science writing for websites, blogs and social media, as well as
demonstrating useful kit and software for presenting online, such as
the tripod in the photo above.
In 2019 and 2020, I gave a
presentation about science writing and broadcasting as part of my duties as a Guest Lecturer
on a Science Writing
and Communication Module for physics students at King's College London.
Previously, I gave the talk From Thermoluminescence to
Time Travel—Life as a Science Writer and Broadcaster for
students and researchers at Rhodes University in South Africa in May
2011. I delivered the talk via video link, and enjoyed answering
questions from the audience in the webcam Q and A session afterwards.
Also using a video link, I gave a short talk entitled A Crash Course
in Science Writing in February 2014 for physics students
In February 2004, I made an enjoyable
trip to the University
(where I was, at that time, a Visiting Fellow in Physics and Astronomy)
to give a talk on Science
Writing as a Career
. This was part of a
special careers day for physics students that highlighted the range of
careers open to them.
Later in 2004 I gave another talk on
the theme of
time for professional science writers—
of a workshop forum discussing what life is really like for a freelance
science writer. This workshop formed part of the Association of British
Freelance Business Skills Training Day.
I would be happy to talk about science
writing a textbook, or other aspects of this profession to societies,
universities, colleges or groups. Please email
discuss this possibility.
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