What:Public Lecture — Tweeddale Astronomical Society
When:15th December 2016
Tasks: 1 hour lecture as part of their monthly meeting about my work in astronomy outreach.
What: Astronomy on Tap Chile
When: October 2014 — July 2015
Tasks: I am the creator of an official branch of Astronomy on Tap (AoT), a monthly astronomy outreach event held in a local bar in Santiago, Chile. Here, I found a location to host the event, and every month I organised who will be participating from our pool of volunteer speakers from ESO, create games for the night, host the event, and advertise through social media. To see more about this event, take a look at our local Facebook page.
What: School activity day – Colegio Seminario Pontificio Menor
When: 27th May 2014
Tasks: I took leadership in organising an outreach event at a local high school in Santiago, Chile, for 30 children aged 12-13 years. Here, I coordinated with both volunteers at ESO and the staff at the school to organise a presentation on the Solar System followed by five different hands-on activities. I chose the activities based on their suitability for age and relevance to the topic, and gathered the required materials to carry them out. A short report with photos can be found on their website here.
What: I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here!
When: March 2013
Tasks:I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here! is an annual, 3 week-long online event, where UK school students get to talk and interact with scientists across various disciplines and then vote for their favourite in an X-Factor style competition. I took part in the “Space Zone” (view my profile here). A combination of live online chats and message board-style Q&A sessions gave rise to questions ranging from “how fast can comets fly?”, to “do any pop songs have hidden scientific themes?”. I came third in our zone.
What: ESO outreach blog (unofficial)
When: September 2012 —
Tasks: I designed and currently edit an unofficial blog reporting on the outreach events across Chile, carried out by a team of student/Fellow/staff volunteers at ESO-Chile. After each event, one of the volunteers writes an article describing the day and it is uploaded to the website with photos of the event. The article is then translated into Spanish by a native speaker on the team, and uploaded to a mirror site. Click here to view The Star Sailors in English, and Los Marineros de Las Estrellas in Spanish.
What: Public lecture — Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, UK
When: 23rd January 2012
Tasks: Part of the ‘Winter Talks’ lecture series at ROE, I gave an hour-long lecture entitled ‘Surfing to the stars: A life in astronomy’, giving an overview of life as an astronomer and my experiences as a Student Support Astronomer for the INT on La Palma. This included arranging a live Skype video call with one of the other SSAs in the control room of the telescope. Around 50 people attended (full capacity).
What: Public lecture — Rutherford Appleton Labs, Oxford, UK
When: 9th December 2011
Tasks: Part of the STFC ‘Talking Science’ lecture series, I gave an hour-long lecture entitled ‘Surfing to the stars: A life in astronomy’, giving an overview of life as an astronomer and my experiences as a Student Support Astronomer for the INT on La Palma. This included arranging a live Skype video call with one of the other SSAs in the control room of the telescope. Around 200 people attended (full capacity).
What: Small telescope event
When: 27th November 2010
Tasks: Organised by the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Manchester, we operated amateur telescopes for members of the public attending a special musical concert to observe the Moon and planets, as well as be on hand to answer any general questions The concert was entitled ‘Wonder: A Scientific Oratorio’ commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and performed together with the BBC Singers and Salford Choral Society.
What: Big Bang science fair
When: 13th March 2010
Tasks: I helped represent the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the ‘Big Bang’ science fair, held in 2010 at the Manchester Central exhibition centre – a national, annual fair aimed at school children thinking about a career in science and engineering. Here, we were on hand to answer general space/career questions, as well as help carry out small activities for the children.