Science journalist, author and communicator

My TED talk

Posted on April 17

In April I gave a TED talk to the TED meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The speakers were told beforehand that this was the ‘Mount Everest of public speaking’ and I can confirm this is true: a 12 minute memorised, filmed talk in front of a theatre of 2000 VIPs is pretty intense. I spoke about a strand from my book The Life Project: what the studies of British children have shown about how to do the best for our children.

The meeting and the talk were an incredible experience – and you can see how I did in early October, when the talk will be published on the TED.com site!

Other News

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…

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…

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,…

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…