I am an educational researcher, physics educator, and science communicator working to bring great science education to as many people as possible.

Why science?

We often experience a visceral rush when we encounter a clever idea or feel awe when we understand something subtle for the first time. I have a life-long goal of getting people excited about science because scientific questions push and stretch our intellect. Science invites us to develop new ideas, hone our curiosity, and think critically. 

Why education?

Education has transformative potential. One of the most important outputs of science education is a love of learning and the ability to continue to learn and grow throughout one’s life. With my work, I wish to modernise science education and have a lasting educational impact. Bringing great science education to students will help them think more clearly about complex ideas and, eventually, enable them to build a better future. 

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IAU PhD Prize

I am over the moon that the International Astronomical Union awarded me the PhD Prize in the Division of Education, Outreach, and Heritage to recognises my outstanding scientific achievements in astronomy education ☺️

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Einsteinian Physics Book

BIG NEWS: our book Teaching Einsteinian Physics in Schools - An Essential Guide for Teachers for Teachers in Training and Practice will come out this summer. I couldn't be more excited to share this project with you 🎉

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New paper: girls meet Einsteinian physics

How does Einsteinian physics impact middle-school girls' perception of and interest in physics? My latest paper in the International Journal of Science Education gives some surprising answers ☺️

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More podcast fun: gravitational waves

We did it again! German physics podcast "Sag mal, du als Physiker" invited me to chat about gravitational waves: we had a blast and I'm sure so will you! Go and check out the episode 🎙

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Winner of the NP Writers' Award

I won the Writers' Award of my favourite philosophy magazine, the New Philosopher. My piece draws on quantum mechanics to explore the centrality of human perception in our attempts to understand the world 😎