Hello! I’m Laurie!

I’m a writer, physicist and sci-comm consultant currently based in Wellington, NZ. I am passionate about translating science and engineering into English… without dumbing it down. Science is not just for scientists!

So, what’s my background? Well, I was a researcher at the National Physical Laboratory for seven years. My research area was materials, and my specialisation was thermoelectric energy harvesting. Before that, I did an MSc in Space Science from University College London, and before THAT, a BSc Physics with Astrophysics from Trinity College Dublin.

I took a break from the lab in order to develop my science communication, writing and media skills, working first with the Nobel Foundation in their London office. I then worked part-time with a comms agency with clients such as the Royal Academy of Engineering, and The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry. As a freelance sci-comm consultant, I’ve worked with organisations such as the Royal Society, the National Physical Laboratory (my alma mater), Brain Research New Zealand, and SeaLife Centres. One day, I hope to find a role that lets me get back to the lab, while supporting my communication activities.

My greatest passion is writing about remarkable science and engineering. What started off as a small science blog and too much time spent on Twitter has turned into a career. I now write regularly for Forbes, How It Works, Here360, and Materials Today. I’ve also had features in Science Uncovered, the Evening Standard, the Economist, BA Business Life (in-flight magazine), Wired, Londonist, to name a few. In 2014, an editor at Bloomsbury sent me a message on Twitter that pretty much changed my life. Fast-forward to August 2016, and my first book, Science and the City, hit bookshelves all over the world, with a Korean edition to following 2017, and a Spanish edition in late 2018. In February 2017, my second book, Sticky, was commissioned by Bloomsbury, and is due for publication in 2020. It’s taken me a long time to realise that this is what I should be doing, and I’m not stopping any time soon.

Other stuff: I’m Irish, chatty, and love travel and reading. I’m also a fan of LEGO, tunnels, gin, sewing and chocolate.

 PS: If you need to contact me, use the contact form here, which directs to my personal email, or find me on Twitter@laurie_winkless

And finally, I am represented here in New Zealand by a fantastic talent agency, Johnson & Laird. If you’d like to book me to speak at your event, my agent Jane can be reached at [email protected]