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FameLab Academy

How can we, as science-communicators, do a better job of communicating science? How can we better engage with young audiences, instilling an understanding that science is a way of thinking about mysteries, as well as all the WHIZZBANG experiments that you see on TV. Welcome to my world. I think about questions like this all the time. I'm not sure what the answers are, yet... With this in mind, I'm looking forward to partnering up with Cheltenham Science Festival for this year's FameLab Academy, a schools initiative which is seeking to revolutionise science communication in schools. As well as providing training seminars and workshops to teachers and industry experts, I'll also be on hand to

Great Ormond Street turns... 360

Readers, you know me. You know I'm quite awful at self-promotion but this one requires it because I put a lot of work into something that I think could really help young people. I'm talking, of course, about my series of 360 videos... Great Ormond Street Hospital School is the latest to sign-up for 360SCIENCEtutor, an app that allows users access to free virtual field-trips to a host of UK sites, via a series of 360/VR videos. The videos cover 12 curriculum topics including fossils, evolution, life-cycles and foodchains and sites include the Jurassic Coast, Natural History Museum (London) and Cheddar Gorge. They're presented and produced by me and it was LORRA FUN being in charge, let me tel

Creatures of the Order

Who says taxonomy is boring? Not me, that's for dang sure. Taxonomy is great. Like librarians, taxonomists do all sorts of things to help us better understand the branches and twigs of life's family tree to which we, like it or not, are attached. I have been delighted to have been working with the publisher Weldon Owen (part of the Bonnier group) on their upcoming book Creatures of the Order which will be sold internationally in October 2017. It's a way to encourage young readers to consider animals as family groups, arranged through the branching tree that evolution by natural selection creates. Featuring GORGEOUS artwork from the illustrator Kelsey Oseid, the book charts more than 15 taxon

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