Science journalist, author and communicator

Nature at 150 lectures

Posted on October 19

This year, Nature celebrates its 150th anniversary. As part of this I was lucky enough to be invited to give a public lecture at the University of Dunedin in New Zealand, which was also marking its 150th anniversary. The university was hosting the 1869 Conference and Heritage festival, focused on…

TED Summit 2019

Posted on August 19

Red Circle Speaker Community Workshops at TEDSummit: A Community Beyond Borders. July 21-25, 2019, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED I attended the TEDSummit 2019 in Edinburgh from July 21-25, as part of the Speaker community – people who’ve previously given a TED talk. I also gave a mini-TED…

2018 talks and events

Posted on February 18

On March 5th, I’m delighted to be taking part in the Chief Scientific Officer’s annual conference at the Royal Society in London. The panel is titled Why Data Matters, and will be focusing on the value and benefits of cohort and population based studies. The whole event spans 5-6 March…

60th birthday of 1958 birth cohort

Posted on February 18

The 1958 birth cohort, which I wrote about in my book, will turn 60 in March 2018. It’s an amazing milestone for the study and its participants and the Centre for Longitudinal Studies is organising a conference (60 Years of our Lives) on 8 and 9 March to celebrate this…

British Medical Association awards

Posted on September 17

My book The Life Project was Highly Commended at the British Medical Association medical book awards 2017, in the popular medicine category. It was a real honour to be shortlisted, and a pleasure to attend the ceremony on 11 September.

Women’s Forum Global Meeting

Posted on September 17

I’ll be speaking at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Paris, 5-6 October 2017. I’m taking part in a session about E-health (Health delivery to underserved groups) with a roster of excellent speakers, and we’ll be tackling issues around inequality that I explored to some extent in The Life Project….