By the Romantic Astronomer
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There is often a gap between the language we use in science and the language everyone else understands. So when we try to explain our epic discoveries it can often fall flat when we aren't talking to our colleagues. I am a strong believer in correctly explaining science to everyone! For this very reason I have extended my skills in the area of public speaking by taking part in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition and avidly giving public talks around Canberra.
I can now successfully explain the research I have put my heart and soul into to someone who's never heard of an AGN. This is something I love doing. I love to be able to explain to someone a concept or idea and see their eyes light up as they understand it. It's like opening doors into a new world, with new questions, and more mind boggling answers than before. [Photo credit: Stuart Hay]
Merging Galaxies: Love Stories Written in the Sky
This is where it all started; The ANU 3 minute thesis competition. From a 3 minute presentation I learnt more about public speaking than I had from the many disastrous talks I had given before, including that it wasn't so scary after all. I am lucky enough to have been recorded giving my ANU final talk. Please check it out. Why not have a look at some of the other contestants from each year as well? You may be pleasantly surprised by what you learn!
STARFEST 2014 - When Galaxies Collide
At the 2014 StarFest I was recorded giving a talk about, you guessed it, Merging Galaxies! Why not check it out? There are also talks form Brian Schmidt, and Dan Bayliss, among others for even more Astronomy talks!
As a final part of my 3MT journey I was asked to come on Robyn Williams' The Science Show on ABC 666 radio. It was definitely interesting and I am so glad I got the chance to meet with Robyn and talk on radio. [Image credit: NASA; ESA; Z. Levay and R. van der Marel, STScI; T. Hallas; and A. Mellinger]
You may be able to tell from all I have here on my site that I am not afraid to put myself forward, to stand up in front of a crowd (sometimes in costume), to speak about galaxies far far away, or even to say 'I don't know the answer to your question, but we should find out!'. This is just the beginning of a career that involves public speaking, I hope. So if you are looking for someone to come inspire your group, and I'm the kind of person for you, send me an email! I do have a working with vulnerable people's card (ACT). [Photo credit: Stuart Hay]