It’s been a while, dear readers.
8 months to be more precise.
And boy have those 8 months been packed to the brim with science. Unfortunately they haven’t been too packed with writing, but I find that with a job in science communication, I rarely have the energy or time to do extra-curricular writing and research. I miss it, though, and I’ve got an exciting project in the planning stages for the new year.
So, update time:
On the career side, since I last posted I started a job with the Science Museum as an Assistant Content Developer in the Contemporary Science Team.
I was responsible for finding, acquiring, writing for, and displaying amazing science objects for the Antenna gallery at the back on the ground floor. My favourite objects were the MinION (a portable DNA sequencer), the Q-collar (a concussion prevention device) and artificial skin developed by Stanford University. It was an amazing experience to work on displaying such cutting-edge technology and I had the opportunity to interview some great scientists.
Being behind the scenes at the Science Museum was an incredible experience and I was privileged to explore the amazing collections and work with such an energetic, dynamic, and interesting group of people.
You may have noticed that I’ve written all of that in the past tense. It’s been such a long time since I last posted, in fact, that I have now finished that job and started a new role at the Royal Institution. I am now a Public Programme Producer, responsible for putting on amazing science events that continue in the tradition that Michael Faraday started in the early 1800s.
On the freelance side, I haven’t been totally idle but I’ll be the first to admit that my output has been rather paltry. I wrote some teaching resources based on the CHRISTMAS LECTURES, did a live webcast Q&A with schoolchildren and NASA engineers, and shot some videos with Florence Shechter.
And while this blog is mostly for writing about science, on the personal side I’ve also gone on trips to the Lake District and Norway, return visits to Canada and Edinburgh, a conference in Belfast, as well as some more local exploring in London and environs.
Check out the gallery below for some of my favourite snaps from the past 8 months (in no particular order).