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Here's an overview of my broadcasting experience


TV / YouTube:



I recently co-presented Bett TV's live coverage of the Bett Show for educational technology, interviewing guest speakers and exhibitors.

I present three short films on Perception and The Senses for the Royal Institution's YouTube Channel. How to Stop Yourself Being Ticklish has had over 340,000 views and was discussed on BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley Show, BBC Radio Scotland, and featured on The Independent's i100 top 100 trending videos website.


Resident Science Expert:

I am a member of the panel of experts for all six series of Sky1's celebrity panel show Duck Quacks Don't Echo hosted by Lee Mack; episodes are regularly repeated on Sky. I am a regular contributor to Discovery Channel's How Do They Do It? and I've spent a season as the resident science expert for ITV's The Alan Titchmarsh Show - taking a weekly look at science news, the science behind household objects and answering viewers' questions. I've appeared as a reporter on BBC2's Second Opinion (taking a critical look at the science behind the tabloid health stories), as a guest on BBC1's Holding Back The Years (talking about women's fertility and my decision to freeze my eggs), and as an expert on Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped (explaining how to make Brussels sprouts taste sweeter). I've also been on the panel for London Live's Not The One Show, taking an irreverent look at the day's news stories.




Science Expert on the News:

I've been interviewed on BBC Breakfast and BBC World News discussing a new technique for the genetic modification of human embryos, I've appeared on ITV's This Morning explaining the genetics of how a black mother had a white baby, and I'm a regular guest on Sky News, explaining topical science and maths news stories such as the odds of winning the National Lottery. I've also appeared on BBC1's The One Show as a maths examiner, on BBC1's Watchdog and on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff.


Expert on Women in Science:

I've been interviewed many times on Sky News, discussing maths and science education, imposter syndrome, how to encourage more young people (especially girls) to study maths and science, and why there are so few women in science careers. I was interviewed on Sky News about the new Pretty Curious girls in science campaign, and I was quoted in The Guardian (see quote in 'print' section, below). In 2015 I took part in a Sky News debate regarding the controversial Tim Hunt story on gender equality in science; I was also interviewed about it on CNN and BBC Radio 5 live and I was quoted in The Guardian and The Times. My appearances prompted a barrage of sexist and misogynistic comments on social media, documented in this blog. I've spoken about my experiences and the issues raised at the Feminism in London conference, the Being a Man Festival at the Southbank Centre, and in a Tedx talk at UCL on Why Science Needs People Who Cry. See my 'Speaker' tab for videos and more information on the talks.


Interviews About Science Communication:

I can be seen discussing how to make science fun and relevant on Robin Ince's Cosmic Genome online science video magazine.


Radio / Podcasts:



I've been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 live about the Tim Hunt story on gender equality in science, on LBC Radio about science education, on the BBC World Service's BBC Newshour about the new LEGO female scientist figurines, on BBC Radio Gloucestershire about my 'flying car' demonstrations at Cheltenham Science Festival, on BBC Radio Scotland about my Royal Institution tickling video, and on Radio 4's Feedback programme about my experience of the BBC Expert Women media training day.






I have been a guest several times on BBC Radio 4's Last Word, explaining the importance of the work of Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Frederick Sanger and cancer geneticist Janet D. Rowley, and I have recorded a radio interview with Liz Barclay on science education and why there are so few women in science. I am also a regular guest on Richard Bacon's BBC Radio 5 live show Daily Bacon. Most recently I've been interviewed on Radio 4's Women's Hour about sexism in science and crying at work, and on Radio 4's Inside Science about my role on the Bank of England's Advisory Committee to choose a scientist for the new polymer fifty pound note.



I have been a regular guest on the Guardian Science Weekly podcast - discussing topical news stories such as genetic testing kit, climate change, gut bacteria, prostate cancer, 3-parent embryos, zebrafish, and dog brains - and I am the voice of Oxford University Press’s MyMaths, an online resource of 400 narrated videos showing worked solutions to maths problems. I have recorded a Story Collider podcast on crying in science, and I have been a special guest on The Guilty Feminist episode on crying. 




I was interviewed in this BBC News article about Tim Peake and science communication, and in The Guardian about the Pretty Curious girls in science campaign (see quote below). I was also quoted in The Guardian and The Times about the Tim Hunt story last June, and I was interviewed in The Sunday Times about my trolling experience, my TEDx talk, and the need for emotions in science (see article below). I have also given several interviews for Contracts IT on feminism, women in STEM, and my personal experiences.


A FameLab science communication masterclass I ran in Grahamstown, South Africa and wrote a blog about for the British Council, March 2015

The first BBC Expert Women Media Training Day that I wrote a blog about for the BBC Academy, January 2013

My quote in The Guardian about the Pretty Curious girls in science campaign, October 2015.



My interview in The Sunday Times, March 2016, in which I discuss my trolling experience, my Tedx talk, and the need for emotions in science. Please click and enlarge the photo to read the interview, or read it online here.


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