Spotlight on Research
(Roughly) Every month, we cover a different researcher's work at Hokkaido University. The blog posts are about 1,000 words and should be understandable with no background in the field being discussed. Topics have ranged from space missions to voting policies and marine life to animal diseases!
Writing this blog has been one of my favourite parts of my job: never before have I felt able to saunter into someone's laboratory and demand an explanation! (OK, I typically do call first). If you are a member of Hokkaido University, interested in writing for our blog or would like your work covered, please get in contact. This month's post and previous articles can be found here.
Writing for the media
Explaining ideas clearly to a non-specialised audience is immensely satisfying. Also, having the chance to bring a researcher's work to public attention is a little like having a superpower -- who doesn't like that? No one.
My general science articles have appeared in a number of media publications including 'Scientific American', 'Astronomy Magazine', 'Nautilus', 'The Conversation', 'IFLScience' and 'Physics Focus'. A complete bibliography can be found on my personal webpage here.
My popular science book, 'The Planet Factory', on exoplanet discoveries has been commissioned by Bloomsbury Sigma, with a provisional publication date of summer 2017.
I've given a number of public lectures on topics that include JAXA's Hayabusa2 mission to the asteroids (A TEDx talk), NASA's New Horizon mission to Pluto, a general overview of my group's research and a (hopefully) inspiring astronomy talk for school children.
I highlight a few topics from my own research on the Graduate School of Science's prospective video [long version] and [short version] (worth watching also for the scenes around campus! Although the amount of snow is poorly represented). The talk I gave at Otaru University of Commerce on my research [is available here] while my TEDx talk on Hayabusa2 is below.