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What I teach

I teach courses in popular science writing, presentation skills, media interviews, and online engagement for scientists at several institutions across the UK and Europe. In 2006 I co-founded SciConnect Ltd, a company that has so far trained >12,000 researchers, from PhD students to Profs, in how to share their work with wider audiences, with the goal of enhancing the contribution of science to society (and vice-versa).

It has been the best and most useful personal training course that I have attended to date...

I got a presentation award in a national meeting and I strongly believe that the skills that I gained from this workshop helped a lot for this result...

I thought I was a good communicator, however, this course has opened my eyes to new techniques...

Participant feedback comments, science communication training



I have taught classes in marine ecology and oceanography for 18 years at the University of Southampton, to a total of >2,000 undergraduate and >500 Masters students. I was Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Ocean & Earth Science, and provided training for research students and early career researchers across the University. I received a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching in 2007, and another for Postgraduate Training in 2011.

Exceptional standard of lecturing...

This module should become a whole degree course...

Your teaching methods and clarity in your explanations I thought were excellent...

Student feedback comments, Masters marine ecology module



I was also Lead Educator in the development and delivery of a free online course (a 'MOOC' - Massive Open Online Course) about exploring our oceans, taken by >10,000 people and 'Highly Commended' in the 'Projects' category of The Ocean Awards 2016.

I have learnt so much and been challenged to take the future of our oceans far more seriously than I ever did before...
Learner feedback comment, Exploring Our Oceans MOOC



Promo for Exploring Our Oceans free online course

science communication courses

Royal Society communication & media skills courses (since 2015)


University of Sheffield public engagement courses (since 2008)


Imperial College science & the media courses (since 2005)


University of Bath research communication courses (since 2004)


University of Southampton science communication courses (since 2000)


The Institute for Cancer Research science communication courses (since 2016)


Sheffield Hallam University online engagement courses (since 2016)


Joint Nature Conservation Committee science communication courses (since 2016)





Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Science of Steart project media skills training (2017)


Medical Research Council (MRC) writing workshop for Max Perutz Prize finalists (2016)


Kiel University Integrated School of Ocean Sciences popular science writing course (2016)


Beltane Engagement Network, Edinburgh, media skills course (2016)


Foundation for Polish Science research communication course (2015)


European Molecular Biology Organisation communication & presentation skills courses (2009-2013)


University of the West of England MSc Science Communication print journalism module (2005-2013)


University of Northumbria presentation skills courses (2009-2011)


HERMIONE EU FP7 programme media skills for researchers course (2010)


NESTA / Royal Society of Chemistry Connections in Synthetic Biology development workshops (2009)


HERMES EU FP7 programme outreach & media skills course (2008)


University of Exeter science communication & schools outreach course (2008)


Institute of Biology media skills & presentation skills courses (2005-2007)


Imperial College MSc Science Communication core practical lectures (2000-2007)


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) media training courses (1998-2001)



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