Outreach & Science Communication

A 'Science in the Pub' talk from 2013 on dinosaur behaviour.

A ‘Science in the Pub’ talk from 2013 on dinosaur behaviour.

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Poster to advertise my one-day event on dinosaurs in cinema

I am always happy to give public talks (schedule permitting) to groups interested in science, schools, or other educations groups (e.g. adult learning). I have spoken at the Cheltenham and Brighton Science Festivals, given a talk at the Royal Observatory, Greenwhich, at the Linnean Society, and for Sceptics in the Pub and Pub Science groups. Contact me if you would like me to speak to your organisation or school – I do not charge a fee for non-profit or educational establishments and my schedule if generally flexible.

I’m very involved in science communication and outreach – getting science out of the classroom or research institute and bringing it to the general public. As such I contribute to a number of groups and organisations which help promote science communication. When possible I do give lectures and talks to a live audience, especially in schools and have done so in many years – I actually started while still studying for my batchelors degree. I also try to convince other academics to get involved in outreach and I try to support sites and groups that encourage this as well as getting contributors and collaborators on my own projects.

My main avenue of communication is my blog on palaeontology (hosted by the Guardian) “Lost Worlds” which is aimed at a general audience. I have also been writing the blog “Archosaur Musings” for over six years, this is for a more advanced audience and there I cover dinosaurs, pterosaurs and science in the media .

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I also helped organise and launch a new site focused on pterosaurs – “Pterosaur.Net” which has it’s own blog as well as a series of essays on various aspects of the biology of these animals. I also have whole sections of my site devoted to helping young researchers  and also contribute to the “Why Science” and BBC “Walking with Dinosaurs” websites. I tweet as “@Dave_Hone“.

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My biggest project though is “Ask A Biologist” which has a rather explanatory title. I set this site up in 2006 and managed to get a number of grants from various funding bodies to support the site, and then I recruited a number of international researchers to take the public’s questions. So far we have answered nearly 9000 biology-related queries and had millions of visitors from around the globe.

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Finally, I am currently writing a book for the new Sigma series of science titles for Bloomsbury Press. Inevitably this will be on dinosaurs, and is due for publication in 2015: I am currently 83 000 words into the manuscript.

Below are included a number of articles of science communication or that were produced for a general audience.