Short Bio

I recently had to write a short bio – part of my application for WCSFP. While looking back on 2011 (please see earlier blog post) I found it and just thought I’d dump it here.

I am a nerd. There, I’ve said it. I was the kid in your class who wanted to be an astronaut, and I’m the adult who still secretly wants to be. I spend my weekends writing proposals for science festivals and shouting at my thesis. I am the person that friends’ text if a science question comes up on a quiz. I think it’s entirely normal to own a necklace with a pendant in the shape of a lab beaker.

But apart from all of that, I am an entirely normal human. I have hobbies – I love to dance, write, hike, cook, fund-raise, watch rugby… I am lucky enough to be surrounded by friends and a brilliant family. I change my mind a lot as to what I want to be when I “grow up” (I’m 28), but the one thing I am truly passionate about, the thing I hope to still be doing when I’m old, is communicating science.

I hold a BA (Hons.) in Physics with Astrophysics and an MSc in Space Science. I have worked at the National Physical Laboratory for five years and am currently doing a part-time PhD based there. I am a NOISEmaker and registered Science Ambassador with STEMNet. I use my blog, Twitter and Facebook to talk about science and have even published a few “real” articles on my work. I am Irish, and have lived in London for just over six years, while travelling all around the world for business and pleasure.

Over the last five years I have been involved in everything from a photo shoot for The Saturday Times Magazine, to a major teacher’s conference, with two key aims – to engage and educate. I love talking about my research. I never get sick of the feeling you get when it all CLICKS for someone, when they finally understand whatever science concept it is you’ve been trying to explain to them. The reason I am so heavily involved in science communication is so that I can feel that feeling all the time.