Science Communication

The Dance Your PhD competition sponsored by Science Magazine encourages PhD students, past or present, to communicate their research through dance. My entry won the Physics category in 2010! Here's the dance, filmed at the Christmas party of the ANU's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics' Student Seminar Series.

An explanation of the dance and larger version of the video are available here. The dance was repeated (with new supporting dancers!) at Dresden's first Science Slam at the Technical University Dresden, earned me an interview on ABC 666 Radio Canberra, and was featured in the Australian Campus Review. The video has had well over 10,000 views, probably more than the number of citations to my serious work that I can ever hope to acheive!

In Canberra, while at the ANU, I won the Physics Students Uncovered competition during National Science Week 2007, as well as the Five Minute Thesis contest at ResearchFest in 2009. Both these competitions rewarded effective communication to the general public. The Science Communication course run by the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science greatly helped me acheive these successes. In 2009 I spoke at a public lecture on the Science of Climate Feedbacks. I have been a guest scientist for Fuzzy Logic on Canberra's 2XX radio. I also participated in the Scientists in Schools program and talked to the students of Ginninderra College about science, scientists and doing science.

Recently, I participated in the Sustainable Stand Up comedy course. Here's my stand-up set on grant-writing and resilience: