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Ed Sykes

Ed studied Zoology in Sheffield before heading north to do a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh. Here, despite the joys of wasps and wonderful fieldwork spent diving in Oman, he began to indulge in a spot of science communication on the side. Whilst running workshops in schools, writing a booklet on evolution and training PhD students to be communicators, he won Famelab's 2007 Vodcast Award for talking about the sex lives of bedbugs.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Ed
Surname: 
Sykes
Location
City: 
London
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2007
Thoughts about famelab: 
"Science is often seen as boring, irrelevant or even slightly suspect. Part of the problem is that we scientists generally aren't very good at explaining ourselves. NESTA FameLab offers a great chance to have a go and whilst putting yourself through those 3 minutes is a huge learning curve, everyone I spoke to enjoyed taking part and said they'd definitely do it again."
Professional Information
Field: 
Biology
Speciality: 
Evolutionary Biology
Qualifications: 
MSc Zoology, University of Sheffield PhD Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh
Public engagement experience: 

Running murder-mystery science workshops for the Scottish Institute of Biotechnology Education

Presenting ‘Penisology' at Cheltenham Science Festival

Languages Spoken: 
English
Topics of Interests: 
‘Penisology'
Media & Publications
Videos: 
 

Steve Steer

Steve Steer is now a research associate at Cambridge University

Research Interest
Nuclear power station designs; the transmutation of nuclear waste; economic assessment of power generator construction and operation; nuclear structure research of exotic nuclei and the synthesis of elements in the early universe.

Background
Studied as an undergradute at the University of Manchester Physics department and performed research for a Ph.D. at the University of Surrey in the Nuclear Physics department.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Steve
Surname: 
Steer
Location
City: 
Surrey
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2007
Thoughts about famelab: 
"It was an unexpected day; it was a day of awesome fun. The folks organising FameLab are out to make sure everybody has a good old time and that's just what they managed to do in Oxford. There were plenty of entertaining people taking part. Even if you can't bring yourself to take the forum then simply watching will make for a great day out. Highly recommended."
Professional Information
Field: 
Physics
Speciality: 
Nuclear Physics
Qualifications: 
PhD, Experimental Nuclear Physics
Public engagement experience: 

Manages seminars within his department as a member of the Institute of Physics Nuclear Group Committee

Topics of Interests: 
Transmutation of nuclei and the manufacture of heavy atoms in the evolution of the universe
Media & Publications
Videos: 
 

Jon Silversides

Jon studied Chemistry at The University of Hull and obtained his PhD in bio-inorganic chemistry in July 2006. After a period as a post-doctoral researcher at Hull he moved to Cambridge to become a technical editor with the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Jon is now a science teacher working in Manchester. He has been interviewed several times for local BBC radio stations and has given a series of lectures in schools.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Jon
Surname: 
Silversides
Location
City: 
Manchester
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Local/Regional Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2007
Thoughts about famelab: 
"Teaching has given me many ideas for popularising science and making it accessible to the public, and has allowed me to practise science communication on a daily basis. I now see public engagement as an important part of my daily life, and experiencing NESTA Famelab has made me think of ways to make my lessons as interesting, relevant and captivating as possible."
Professional Information
Field: 
Chemistry
Speciality: 
Bio-Inorganic Chemistry
Qualifications: 
BSc Chemistry, University of Hull PhD Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, University of Hull
Public engagement experience: 

Interviewed several times on BBC local radio

Has given a series of lectures in schools

Technical editor with the Royal Society of Chemistry

Media & Publications
Videos: 
 

Steve Mould

Steve Mould Studied Physics at Oxford University and since graduating has become a freelance science communicator and stand up comic. He appears on television as the BBC Blue Peter Scientist and live shows for adults as part of Festival of The Spoken Nerd.

Steve is part of Guerilla Science who mix science with art, music and play in unusual settings like music festivals.

Personal Information
Title: 
Mr
Firstname: 
Steve
Surname: 
Mould
Location
City: 
London
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Runner-Up
Year of graduation: 
2007
Thoughts about famelab: 
"If you get a kick out of explaining things, NESTA FameLab is the ultimate competition. It's great fun trying to work out the best way to convey a tricky idea. Doing it as part of a contest is both thrilling and terrifying. It felt great to win a place at the MasterClass, especially against such stiff competition! FameLab introduced me to the Science Communication community which I didn't know existed! It's a great network of people and very inspiring and supportive."
Professional Information
Field: 
Physics
Speciality: 
Science Communication
Qualifications: 
MSc Physics, University of Oxford
Public engagement experience: 

Blue Peter Scientist

4 years of live show experience for kids and adults on topics of physics, chemistry and illusions.

Topics of Interests: 
Making science funny and accessible to all ages
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://stevemould.com
http://festivalofthespokennerd.com
http://blog.stevemould.com
http://mouldandarrowsmith.com
Videos: 
 

Fiona Dunlevy

Fiona Dunlevy has a BSc in Biochemistry from University College Dublin and a PhD (studying inflammation in Cystic Fibrosis) from Queens University Belfast. When not in the lab looking after cell cultures, Fiona can be found outside walking or sailing (although only when it's not raining - which unfortunately isn't really that often in Ireland!).

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Fiona
Surname: 
Dunlevy
Location
City: 
Belfast
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2007
Thoughts about famelab: 
"NESTA FameLab is a great competition for scientists who would like to take science (and themselves occasionally) out of the lab and into the public arena. It was a good day although at the start it was a hundred times more nerve-wracking than presenting my research to seasoned experts. Thanks to all the very enthusiastic and friendly NESTA FameLab crew for a great day."
Professional Information
Field: 
Chemistry
Speciality: 
Biochemistry
Qualifications: 
BSc Biochemistry, University College Dublin
Topics of Interests: 
Inflammation in Cystic Fibrosis
 

Martin Coath

Martin works in Plymouth University Cognition Institute on computer models of learning and development in cortex, musical perception, and auditory scene analysis.

He has recently been appointed to a newly created post of "Public Engagement Fellow" with an explicit remit to continue his research but also expand his work in schools and in the wider community and to encourage others to do the same.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Martin
Surname: 
Coath
Location
City: 
Plymouth
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2007
Thoughts about famelab: 
"NESTA FameLab is a genuinely good idea in a world where there are very few - kudos to whoever got it off the ground and to those who keep it running. Friendly atmosphere, uncomplicated format and like all good ideas, simple but simultaneously immensely challenging."
Professional Information
Field: 
Other
Speciality: 
Computational Intelligence and Neuromorphic Engineering
Qualifications: 
PhD Neuroscience MSc Computational Intelligence BSc Chemistry
Public engagement experience: 

Science presentations at Music and Jazz Festivals as well as Science festivals

Several interviews on BBC Radio and local press

Organised and presented science and maths events at food festivals, and in primary and secondary schools as well as Science Busking in pubs and at public events.

Ran an interactive experiment bridging Cheltenham Jazz and Science Festivals which was covered in the Daily Telegraph

Collaborations with London based composer Lola Perrin on neuroscience, music and creativity

Advising journalists from publications such as The Times

Topics of Interests: 
Music
Memory
Learning
Ecology
History of Science
Neuroscience
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
www.mcoath.net
 

Annabel Cartwright

Annabel Cartwright has had a varied and fascinating science-based career since studying Mathematics and Electrical sciences at Cambridge. In the 1980s she founded a company with three friends which is now the leading supplier of 'motion capture' technology to Hollywood and the Computer Games industry.

Personal Information
Title: 
Ms
Firstname: 
Annabel
Surname: 
Cartwright
Location
City: 
Cardiff
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Year of graduation: 
2007
Professional Information
Field: 
Physics
Speciality: 
Astrophysics
Qualifications: 
Mathematical & Electrical Sciences, University of Cambridge PhD Astrophysics, Cardiff University Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, 2007-2010
Public engagement experience: 

Founding a company supplying motion-capture technology to the film industry

Working on science theatre projects

Appearances on BBC TV: Coalhouse, BBC TV: Dragon's Den, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales

Talks at primary schools and Cardiff University widening access days

Media & Publications
Videos: 
 

Peter Zeidman

Peter Zeidman is a PhD student in Neuroscience at University College London. He researches how the brain enables us to remember the past and comprehend the space around us. He draws on previous experience in Computer Science and time working in the I.T. industry; Peter is a passionate exponent of the need for people from different disciplines to work together on the greatest questions in science.

Personal Information
Title: 
Mr
Firstname: 
Peter
Surname: 
Zeidman
Location
City: 
London
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2007
Professional Information
Field: 
Biology
Speciality: 
Neuroscience
Qualifications: 
BSc Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science, MSc Natural Computation, MSc Neuroscience
Public engagement experience: 

Annual science stage shows at Cheltenham Science Festival, and speaking events for adults and children

UCL student newspaper science writer

Ran robotics workshops with school children

Taught debating and public speaking at Birmingham University

Languages Spoken: 
English
Topics of Interests: 
Neuroscience
Memory
Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://www.peterzeidman.co.uk
Videos: 
 

Caroline Johnson

Caroline graduated with her BSc in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology at the University of Plymouth. While already surfing and snorkelling it was here that her Scuba Diving hobby took off and her passion for the marine environment flourished. After university she worked at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, (where she published her first piece of work in the Journal of Crustaceana) and MOTE Marine Lab in the Florida Keys. Caroline has since returned to Plymouth and is currently working at the National Marine Aquarium as the Senior Learning Co-ordinator.

Personal Information
Title: 
Ms
Firstname: 
Caroline
Surname: 
Johnson
Location
City: 
Plymouth
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2007
Thoughts about famelab: 
"NESTA FameLab was an exciting opportunity to see if I had what it takes to communicate science. I am passionate about our planet and enjoy sharing what I know with others, it was too good an opportunity to miss. The competition was great fun and I highly recommend people have a go even if it's just to challenge themselves! Thank you NESTA FameLab."
Professional Information
Field: 
Biology
Speciality: 
Marine Biology
Qualifications: 
BSc Hons Marine Biology & Coastal Ecology PGCE Post Compulsory Education & Training
Public engagement experience: 

Media person for the National Marine Aquarium (mainly radio and news reports). Appearances on BBC Breakfast News, BBC Spotlight, BBC Radio Devon, BBC's ‘Blue Peter'

Conducted Royal Society talks at Summer Society Exhibition, Cheltenham Science Festival and in schools. Talks at Manchester Science Festival and AIM higher event. Various schools outreach talks and presentastions to teachers & businesses

Article published in Diver Magazine

Working on PENCIL (Permanent European Resource Centre for Informal Learning)

Topics of Interests: 
Experiments that Changed the World
The Truth Behind Finding Nemo
Media & Publications
Videos: 
 

Matt Parker (UK) - International Final 2010

 
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