Outreach

Bv59IuKIAAAPJLYI am passionate about communicating science to a wider audience and assisting with education beyond my immediate research area. I have given talks on a number of scientific topics to schools and local science groups, the titles of which are shown below. I am also happy to speak about any of the topics that are more specifically related to my research (urban biodiversity, dragonfly ecology, or educational technology). If you would like me to speak to your group, I am happy to do so at no charge (schedule permitting) and am happy to travel outside of Leeds – please do get in touch.

School/public talks given (or upcoming):

Denying the Evidence: Why People Reject Science and What We Can Do About It
03-12-15, Teesside Skeptics in the Pub (Middlesborough, UK)
11-11-15, University of Sheffield Secular Society (Sheffield, UK)
04-06-15, Barnsley Skeptics in the Pub (Barnsley, UK)
24-11-14, York Skeptics in the Pub (York, UK)
17-09-14, Leeds Skeptics in the Pub (Leeds, UK)
25-08-14, Sheffield Skeptics in the Pub (Sheffield, UK)
13-08-14, Stoke Skeptics in the Pub (Stoke, UK)
26-03-14, Leeds City College (Leeds, UK)
19-11-13, Leeds University Atheist Society (Leeds, UK)
21-11-12, Liverpool University Humanist Society (Liverpool, UK)

“Avoiding Attack! Evolution, camouflage and mimicry” (Leeds Festival of Science)
19-03-15, Priesthorpe School (Leeds, UK)
18-03-15, E-ACT Leeds East Academy (Leeds, UK)

“What can nature do for you?”
14-06-15, Sunday Assembly Manchester (Manchester, UK)

“Insects and climate change: the case of Odonata”
24-10-15, British Entomological and Natural History Society Student Day (Winnersh, UK)

A Humanist Perspective on Life, Death, and Ethics
01-05-14, Ralph Thoresby School (Leeds, UK)

The Evolution of Camouflage and Mimicry
02-02-16, Darwin Day Lecture, North Yorkshire Humanist Group (York, UK)
23-06-15, Chapel Allerton Cafe Scientifique (Leeds, UK)
08-09-13, Leeds Museum Cafe Scientifique (Leeds, UK)

Why Evolution is True
01-08-10, Ottawa Skeptics (Ottawa, Canada)

What’s the Harm in Homeopathy?
06-05-11, High School Enrichment Course at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)

The Evolution of Superstition: People, Pigeons and PCs
17-07-11, Polaris SciFi Convention (Toronto, Canada)

Podcast appearances:

Organisational work

Chair of Ottawa Skeptics (2010-2012)