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Luke Jerram

Luke Jerram is an inventor, artist and science communicator. He designs and builds science exhibits whilst creating multimedia installation artworks which he tours internationally. In 2002, he was awarded a fellowship from NESTA (National Endowment of Science, Technology and the Arts) to explore the properties of space and perception. In 2000 Luke taught in war torn Mostar, Bosnia and he continues to teach and lecture in the UK and abroad.

Personal Information
Title: 
Mr
Firstname: 
Luke
Surname: 
Jarram
Location
City: 
Bristol
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2005
Professional Information
Field: 
Other
Speciality: 
Science Art
Public engagement experience: 

Teaching and lecturing in the UK & abroad

Many art works and projects being toured around the world

Receives regular television, radio and print media coverage

Topics of Interests: 
Designing and building science exhibits & multimedia installation artworks
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://www.lukejerram.com/
Videos: 
 

Trevor Cox

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.

Personal Information
Title: 
Prof
Firstname: 
Trevor
Surname: 
Cox
Location
City: 
Salford
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2005
Professional Information
Field: 
Engineering
Speciality: 
Acoustic Engineering
Qualifications: 
BSc (Hons) Physics, Birmingham University Doctorate, Salford University
Public engagement experience: 

Numerous radio appearances including being resident scientist on BBC Radio Manchester and presenter of BBC Radio 4 Sounds of Science

TV appearances including: Richard and Judy, Channel 4 news, Channel 5 news, BBC News 24, BBC1 North West Tonight, Madlab, National Geographical TV, Connections, Discovery Channel, Teachers TV, How Science Works, Channel M evening news, Sky News

Many talks and events including shows to 4500 kids at Royal Albert Hall & Royal
Percival lecture for the Manchester Philosophy & Literature Society

EPSRC Media Fellow

NESTA FameLab judge 2009

Topics of Interests: 
‘Beautiful Music Horrible Sounds'
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://www.acoustics.salford.ac.uk/profiles/cox/
Videos: 
Publications: 
http://www.sparc.ac.uk/workshops/2009-11-30-masterclass/pdf/trevor.pdf
 

David Wharton

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.

Personal Information
Title: 
Mr
Firstname: 
David
Surname: 
Wharton
Location
City: 
Dundee
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2005
Professional Information
Field: 
Chemistry
Speciality: 
Teaching
Public engagement experience: 

Series of experiments for science week on BBC Radio Scotland

Talks at Sensation in Dundee and Cheltenham Science Festival

Topics of Interests: 
Chemical Engineering
 

Andrew Bebb

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.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Andrew
Surname: 
Bebb
Location
City: 
Warwick
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2005
Professional Information
Field: 
Physics
Speciality: 
Solid State Physics
Qualifications: 
PhD, Solid State Physics, University of Warwick
Topics of Interests: 
The unsolved mysteries of magnetism
 

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

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.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Maggie
Surname: 
Aderin-Pocock
Location
City: 
London
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2005
Professional Information
Field: 
Physics
Speciality: 
Space Technology
Public engagement experience: 

Radio
• BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour, Girls in Physics
• BBC Radio 4: PM Program Closing interview discussing the future of space
• BBC Radio 2: Simon Mayo Program 50 Years in Space
• BBC Radio 5 Live: Richard Bacon debate ‘is space worth it?
• BBC Radio 4 Live: Anita Anand/Richard Bacon - regular panellist
• BBC World Service: Europe Today - Women in Science
• BBC World Service: Africa Today

TV
• BBC News 24: New Scientific Sign Language
• BBC1: Breakfast TV New Scientific Sign Language
• BBC4: Sputnik's Children
• Teachers TV
• BBC News 24: Endeavour Space walk
• BBC: The Cosmos - A Beginners Guide
• BBC News 24: Steven Hawkins parabolic flight
• BBC1: Breakfast TV
• CBBC Resident scientist - making rockets and other experiments for kids
• BBC News 24: 50 Years of Space

Talks, many including:
• Role Model Talks in schools, science cafes, Dana centre, At-Bristol
• ‘Tour of the universe' talk in many schools
• Various science festivals, schools and universities
• Royal Society, Royal institution, BA, IET, IOP, WISE, Rutherford

UKRC Woman of outstanding achievement in SET

MBE for Services to Science

Topics of Interests: 
‘Tours of the Universe' with school children
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://www.science-innovation.com/
Videos: 
 

Matt Wilkinson

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.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Matt
Surname: 
Wilkinson
Location
City: 
Cambrigde
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Runner-Up
Year of graduation: 
2005
Professional Information
Field: 
Other
Speciality: 
Zoology
Public engagement experience: 

Radio
• Radio 4
• Canadian Radio
• Naked Scientists

Talks
• Cheltenham Science Festival 2006/2007/2008
• Cambridge Science Festival
• Brighton Science Festival
• Café Scientifique
• Various school workshops

Topics of Interests: 
Pterodactyl flight
 

David Booth

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.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
David
Surname: 
Booth
Location
City: 
Northern Ireland
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Runner-Up
Year of graduation: 
2005
Professional Information
Field: 
Biology
Speciality: 
Evolutionary Biology
Qualifications: 
Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology B.Sc. Genetics
Public engagement experience: 

TV: Great Unanswered Questions (Great Unanswered Questions (BBC1NI), The Big Bumper Science Quiz (BBCNI).

Radio: Great Unanswered Questions (BBC Radio 4/BBC Radio Ulster/BBC Radio 4 extra), What's Next (BBC radio Foyle/Ulster)

Lectures in person and on web-cam on a tour of China with the British Council and NESTA. Talks with Café Scientifique.

Xchange ‘Best of Fest' programme with Quentin Cooper for the BAAS

Science ambassador for Northern Ireland with Sentinus judging the yearly Young Scientists & Engineer awards

Topics of Interests: 
Recently giving talks on Evolution and Creationism
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://greatunansweredquestions.blogspot.com/
http://www.twitter.com/bbcguq
Videos: 
 

Mark Lewney

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'.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Mark
Surname: 
Lewney
Location
City: 
Cardiff
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Winner
Year of graduation: 
2005
Professional Information
Field: 
Physics
Speciality: 
Acoustics
Qualifications: 
BSc Physics, Edinburgh University PhD Acoustics, Cardiff University
Public engagement experience: 

Radio
• BBC Radio 4 Material World
• BBC Radio 4 Leading Edge
• BBC Radio 5 live
• BBC Radio Wales Something Else (regular studio guest)
• 100+ local radio and press interviews throughout UK and Ireland

TV
• CBBC Xchange guest appearance
• BBC Newsnight
• BBC The money Programme
• BBC The ONE show

Talks
Many including:
• Institute of Physics Lecture Tour (10,000 kids nationwide)
• Institute of Education
• Cambridge Science Festival
• Cheltenham Science Festival
• BA festival of Science

Topics of Interests: 
‘Rock Guitar in 11 Dimensions'
‘Science Knight' (science in the middle ages)
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://www.doctorlewney.com/
Videos: 
Publications: 
http://www.null-hypothesis.co.uk/article/146
 

Steve Robertson

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.

Personal Information
Title: 
Dr
Firstname: 
Steve
Surname: 
Robertson
Location
City: 
Durham
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2006
Thoughts about famelab: 
"Although the competitive bit has the highest profile, it's actually been the communication training and the finding out about opportunities that have had the biggest impact for me. That and meeting lots of brilliant science communicators!"
Professional Information
Field: 
Chemistry
Speciality: 
Environmental Biogeochemistry
Qualifications: 
PhD, Newcastle University
Public engagement experience: 

Interviewed on BBC Radio Somerset

Local and national newspaper articles

Events at Cheltenham, Cambridge and Manchester Science Festivals, The BA Festival of Science and a range of schools

Participating in the Researchers in Residence Scheme and the BA's Perspectives Scheme

Topics of Interests: 
The Science of Superheroes
Media & Publications
Personal Websites: 
http://www.dur.ac.uk/research/directory/staff/?mode=staff&id=7023
Videos: 
 

Stewart McPherson

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.

Personal Information
Title: 
Mr
Firstname: 
Stewart
Surname: 
McPherson
Location
City: 
Durham
Country: 
UK
My FameLab
Place: 
Country Finalist
Year of graduation: 
2006
Professional Information
Field: 
Other
Speciality: 
Geography
Public engagement experience: 

Published two reference books examining carnivorous plants and life on mountain-plateaus in South America's rainforest

Was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme about the discovery of a new species of carnvorious pitcher-plant

Has held over 20 presentations documenting his research

Topics of Interests: 
Survival strategies of plants living in the most extreme environments on Earth
Media & Publications
Videos: 
Publications: 
http://www.redfernnaturalhistory.com/books/name/glistening_carnivores_-_the_sticky-leaved_insect-eating_plants_-_hardback
 
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