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Science and the Sydney

Monday 15th May came with a very, very early start. With my taxi booked for 4.30am, I really needed an early night. Unfortunately though, sleep didn’t arrive, so it was a Laurie-shaped shadow that kissed a sleeping RJ, and crawled out the door, dragging a case behind me. With no traffic to slow us down, the cab made it to Wellington Airport in just 25mins....


Sticky

Almost exactly three years ago, I signed a document that changed my life – the book deal for Science and the City. It marked the first step on the steepest learning curve I’ve been on to date. 2+ years of researching engineering topics, reading scientific papers and industry reports, visiting labs and construction sites, doing calculations,...


Working Down Under

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve blogged – things have been rather busy since we arrived in New Zealand. I’ll post an update on general life stuff soon, but I thought you guys were especially overdue an update on all things work-related! As you might remember from this post, one of the things I’d hoped would happen in NZ was that...


2016: Looking back... and peeking ahead

It’s that time of year again when I’m at my most reflective, so I hope you’ll forgive what follows – it’s a bit of a personal (read: self-indulgent) post. I get a lot of pleasure from looking back – as a long-time diary-keeper, it’s an almost meditative process. But it’s only half of the story for me, and I think...


A new adventure

So, I thought it was about time that I told you my (non-sciencey) news… Very, very soon, I’ll be bidding farewell to London. Myself and this wonderful city have gotten to know each other pretty well in the past 11+ years, and I’ve written about it extensively. I see it as the city that I truly ‘grew up’ in, where I first found my...


Science and the City: An update!

It has been just over two months since ‘Science and the City’ hit the shelves across Europe and I’m happy to say that there’s been plenty of activity around it. Here are a few things that you might be interested in: RADIO I’ve been lucky enough to do quite a few radio / podcast-y things for the book, and I’ve really enjoyed all...


Science and the City: T-1 month

Well. It’s all getting very, very real now. In one month, on 11 August, my city-inspired baby will be released into the world… or at least to Europe, Oz and NZ. The US publication date isn’t until 25 October, I’m afraid. But regardless of where you are, Science and the City is already available for pre-order –  just click one of...


Science and the City: Incoming

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis, but given that it’s due to be published in less than 5 months (eeeeeeep!), and it’s officially a long weekend (though I’m working, obvs) I thought it was time for an update 🙂 Cover ** UPDATE: 30/03/2016** The cover is here!...


International Women's Day 2016

Well. Today has been rather busy. I had THREE projects come to fruition, and all of them are attracting a lot of attention on social media, so I am chuffed. Have a look at #IWD2016 or #InternationalWomensDay to see some of the brilliant online conversations going on around the topic. Royal Society I’ve been working with the lovely Awards and Medals team...


#DayofWomeninScience

I have lots of very exciting things on the way for International Women’s Day (8 March) but I couldn’t let this very first International Day of Women and Girls in Science pass without comment, so I thought I’d revisit a post I wrote way back in 2013. Back then, I was involved with the What I See initiative – and I wrote two blog posts...