Basic Introduction to Public Engagement and Outreach

Simon studied physics with space science at the University of Southampton and stayed on to undertake a PhD in solar-terrestrial physics, specialising in solar variability and climate change. Simon has taught physics and astronomy in primary and secondary schools and is currently the outreach officer for the Department of Physics at Imperial College London.

Simon competed in the 2009 FameLab competition winning the London heat and coming third in the national final, held at the Cheltenham science festival. Since the competition, Simon has talked at various science and music festivals around the UK, as well as presenting TV and radio shows for Sky, BBC and Channel 4.

In his role with the CPE, Simon conducts a lecture course during the first year of the programme, giving the students a basic introduction to public engagement and outreach and how to produce an activity such as a talk or workshop for a variety of different audience. He also supports students throughout their time with the CPE (and beyond) helping them to with outreach activities they are undertaking as well as introducing them to new opportunities at the College and with external groups, such as the British Science Association, Royal Institution and Royal Society.