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16:00 - 17:00 28 November 2012

Physics Colloquium on The changing face of science communication


Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre | (link Map)
25 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AY |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Jim Alkhalili, Department of Physics, University of Surrey

Starting from a very traditional academic career worrying about postdoc positions, then lectureships, applying for research grants, publishing papers and choosing conferences to attend, I first dipped my toes in science communication in the early 90s. I have come a long way since then. I will recount some of the triumphs, pitfalls, pleasures and challenges in my work as a full-time academic physicist who has been able to find a balance between university life and science communication in its many forms of public lectures, writing and broadcasting and sitting on various public bodies and committees. This evolution of my career has coincided with a general acceptance of the importance of outreach and science communication by the academic community and beyond as we have moved from public understanding of science to public engagement in science. Oh, and I will recount a few anecdotes and entertaining insider stories about working for the BBC.


Dr Alexandra Olaya-Castro
+44 20 7679 3484 | a.olaya@ucl.ac.uk


Department of Physics & Astronomy