Public Engagement

The Jodcast

The Jodcast is Jodrell Bank’s award-winning astronomy podcast. Founded in 2006, the show has gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years with ~10,000 downloads per show.

The Jodcast logo projected onto the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory

Long before I began studying physics, the Jodcast featured heavily on my playlist and is in no small way responsible for me being at Jodrell Bank now. I was privileged to be the fifth co-executive producer of the show from 2015-2017 (52 episodes).

Each month, we interview astronomers from all over the world, answer listener questions, talk about the latest in astronomy news and give an overview of the month’s night sky. You can find the latest episode here

During my time as the Jodcast’s showrunner, we held a sold-out live recording of the show at Jodrell Bank Observatory, won the University of Manchester’s Better World award for an ‘outstanding public engagement activity’ and received a commendation from the University for our long-running work.

BBC Radio 5 Live

I regularly contribute to BBC Radio 5’s Up All Night program, where I talk about new discoveries in astronomy and what’s visible in the night sky.

BBC Radio 5 Logo

Appearances

  • Broadcast: 08 February 2018
    Subject: The thermosphere/Space Weather/Antares/The Crab Nebula
  • Broadcast: 01 February 2018
    Subject: High redshift galaxies, eclipsing binaries, Saturn
  • Broadcast: 11 January 2018
    Subject: Pulsar planets
  • Broadcast: 03 December 2017
    Subject: The Moon’s orbit/The Moon illusion
  • Broadcast: 16 November 2017
    Subject: Pulsar glitches/The North Star/M31
  • Broadcast: 26 October 2017
    Subject: Orbital resonance of asteroid 2016 HO3/Orion/Zodiacal light
  • Broadcast: 05 October 2017
    Subject: Colonisation of the Moon/Conjunction of Venus and Mars/Saturn
  • Broadcast: 14 September 2017
    Subject: Discovery of the second fastest pulsar, PSR J0952-0607
  • Broadcast: 24 August 2017
    Subject: The Solar corona/The outer planets/The Triangulum galaxy
  • Broadcast: 03 August 2017
    Subject: Exoplanets/Vega
  • Broadcast: 19 July 2017
    Subject: Juno mission & Jupiter’s great red spot/The Perseids
  • Broadcast: 29 June 2017
    Subject: Deployment of the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer
  • Broadcast: 08 June 2017
    Subject: Low mass stars and citizen science/Noctilucent clouds/Emission Nebulae
  • Broadcast: 18 May 2017
    Subject: Effects of nearby supernovae on Earth/Comet Johnson
  • Broadcast: 13 April 2017
    Subject: Cassini’s Grand Finale/Comet 41P/TUTTLE–GIACOBINI–KRESÁK/Iridium flares/Planetary Nebulae
  • Broadcast: 06 April 2017
    Subject: Close fly-by of Asteroid 2014 J025/Globular clusters
  • Broadcast: 16 March 2017
    Subject: Cassini flyby of Pan/Globular Clusters/The Plough
  • Broadcast: 23 February 2017
    Subject: X-ray pulsars/The Andromeda Galaxy/The Orion Nebula/Betelgeuse
  • Broadcast: 01 February 2017
    Subject: Space debris/Open clusters

Other stuff

I occasionally leave the office to talk about astronomy! Including demos at the Bluedot Festival, Ask An Astronomer sessions, and talking to school students about the work we do at Jodrell Bank.

  • Public Lecture
    The Chester Astronomical Society
    June 2019
    Subject: TBC

  • Guest/Interviewee
    The Space Shed
    Bluedot Festival 2017
    Subject: Pulsar astrophysics at Jodrell Bank
  • Guest/Interviewee
    The Cosmic Shed podcast
    Subject: Pulsars as probes of gravity
  • Master of Ceremonies
    Mission Control Stage
    Bluedot Festival 2017
  • Astronomer
    Ask An Astronomer
    Manchester Science Spectacular 2016
  • Astronomer
    Ask An Astronomer
    Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (2016)
  • Guest/Interviewee
    The Cosmic Shed podcast
    Subject: Pulsars and the SKA
  • Demonstrator
    Jodrell Bank Science tent
    Bluedot Festival 2016
  • ‘Expert’
    Pulsar Hunters Citizen Science Project
    BBC Stargazing Live 2016