Trevor Cox was born in Bristol, UK in 1967. He received his BSc (Hons) in Physics from Birmingham University and went on to achieve a doctorate at the University of Salford. He currently is Professor of Acoustic Engineering at Salford University, where he teaches room acoustics and signal processing.
His research concerns room acoustics, and he is best known on his work on specialist diffusing surfaces; his designs have been used in spaces word-wide.
Trevor has been involved in many public understanding of science activities from work with schools to media stories about duck quacks.
David Wharton is Principal teacher of chemistry in a comprehensive school located in a large housing estate in Dundee, although he is fortunate enough to live with his wife and dogs (and children whenever they condescend to come home) in a farmhouse on the edge of the Scottish Glens. Prior to being a teacher he was a youth worker with a Christian youth organisation, and prior to that he was a chemical engineer in the pharmaceutical and oil industries.
Andrew Bebb is a physicist who now works for the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in their public engagement programme. Before joining EPSRC, he obtained his PhD in solid state physics from the University of Warwick, spending his time exploring the unsolved mysteries of magnetism. He has also worked as an NHS hospital physicist. Andrew is a lover of all things science; unable to decide between being an astronaut, a marine biologist, or a fiction writer as a child. His wife, Dr.
Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a scientist who has spent her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation in both the industrial and academic environments. These have ranged from hand held land mine detectors to satellite sub-systems designed to monitor wind speeds in the earth's atmosphere with the aim of improving short and long term climate predictions. In her spare time Maggie conducts "tours of the universe", a scheme she set up to engage school kids in the wonders of space.
Matt Wilkinson is a zoologist and a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College, University of Cambridge. At the moment he is working on pterodactyl flight, with the view to creating a full-scale radio-controlled gliding model.
Since Famelab, David has been inspired to communicate science to several venues and audience demographics. Working for the British Council and NESTA he gave a series of lectures on the subject of Evolution both via web-cast and in person with a lecture tour of China. For the BAAS he worked with veteran broadcaster Quentin Cooper on the programme Xchange, which was a focus for the "best of the fest" with nightly discussions on topical science. He has also been working with Sentinus as a science ambassador for Northern Ireland judging the yearly Young Scientists and Engineer awards.
Dr. Mark Lewney, originally from Liverpool, studied physics at Edinburgh University before gaining a PhD in acoustics from Cardiff University, where he now lives. He currently works as a patent examiner at the UK Patent office near Newport, in the field of telecoms, and pursues sociological and anthropological research in his spare time by appearing in pubs throughout South Wales playing guitar in local band ‘Fire Down Below'.
Steve Robertson currently works on the ROBUST (Regeneration of Brownfield Using Sustainable Technologies) project: a collaboration between the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences, the Department of Geography and the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience.
His particular interest is soil chemistry and the interactions between soil organic matter, contaminants, soil biota and any materials we add to the soil to remediate it.
Stewart McPherson is a geographer at Durham University and has been fascinated by the natural world from an early age. His scientific interests concern the diversity of life and the ability of organisms to survive under extreme conditions. Following expeditions to South America and South East Asia, he has published two reference books examining carnivorous plants and life on the summits of remote, mountain-plateaus in the heart of South America's rainforest.
David Loong currently resides in London. He has an undergraduate degree in chemical technology from Massey University, New Zealand and a PhD in organic chemistry from the Australian National University, Australia. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College London working on new ways of making molecules with unusual optical properties. He entered Famelab by talking about how jelly gels and explaining the great mystery of how fake-tan cream works. In his spare time, David likes to cook.