Public engagement

Tim is very active in public engagement with science and scientific research. This includes appearances in the media, work with schools and the general public. As Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory he is responsible for coordinating outreach activities from the wider astrophysics group at Manchester and dealing with media relations.

Some selected recent projects

Public engagement
Tim demonstrates a solar telescope to a primary school pupil from north Cumbria.
Stargazing Live

On-screen contributor, scientific adviser and local coordinator for the BBC Stargazing Live TV programme, presented by Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain, and broadcast live each year from Jodrell Bank. The show attracts audiences of around 3 million people for each of 3 nightly shows on primetime BBC 2. Tim's work on the show has also included contributing to educational projects for BBC Learning, including answering the Big Questions and working with schools on the Space Music project.

TV and radio

Regular appearances in the media commenting on news stories in space and astronomy including BBC Breakfast, BBC News, BBC World News, Sky News, CBBC Newsround, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme. Tim also has a monthly show on BBC Radio 5 Live discussing space news and taking questions from listeners. Other TV contributions include Sky at Night, Countryfile, Escape to the Country etc.

Science engagement

Science Director for the new Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. This includes developing the science exhibition and overseeing science engagement eg the "Meet an Expert" sessions and the Lovell Lecture series.

Major role in the science engagement for Live from Jodrell Bank, a music festival which has attracted audiences of over 40,000 people since 2011. This includes talking about our science from the stage. Bands appearing have included The Flaming Lips, Elbow, New Order, Sigur Ros and the Halle Orchestra.

The Jodcast

Contributing many Ask an Astronomer segments for our podcast The Jodcast since its launch in 2006. It now attracts around 5,000 regular listeners each month.

Artistic collaboration

Working with many artists and musicians in science-related projects. This includes:

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