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 or feel awe when we encounter a clever idea or 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 July. I couldn't be more excited to share this project with you 🎉

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New paper: embodied cognition in science

What is the role of the human body in science education? In my new paper, I combine perspectives of cognitive science, philosophy, and psychology to provide a comprehensive overview of embodied cognition in science education 🤓 

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Webinars: Einsteinian physics education

Did you miss the webinars of our virtual physics education session at the First Electronic Conference on Universe ECU2021? You can now watch the full webinars and browse all talks and presentations on the conference website! 👨‍💻

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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 😎