give presentations on space all over the UK and abroad. Venues
have included the British Festival of Space, Oxford University, the
Edinburgh Festival, the House of Commons and the Mars Society's
conferences in Colorado and across Europe.
In have also presented an 8-part evening course on Space Exploration at the University of Hertfordshire.
I held my first public exhibition on space exploration in 1975.
From November 2003 to January 2004 I held a major exhibition marking
the centenary of powered flight; "From the Wright Brothers to the International Space Station". This was the only event outside the United States to be officially recognised by NASA.
In June 2004 I set up the "UK For Aurora"
programme, a campaign to increase public awareness and support for UK
involvement in this long-term European Space Agency programme. In
October 2004, when Lord Sainsbury announced a £5million interim payment
for the project, he cited public support from the campaign as being a
contributing factor towards the decision.
In 2005 I established the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards,
designed to recognise and reward the best of UK space
achievement. I organised the nomination and judging procedures
and set up the judging panel, which is comprised of many of the top
names from the UK space community. I present the awards at the
annual UK Space Conference.
I was co-organiser of the Mars Society's 2005 European Conference,
which had the widest international participation to date, with
delegates from the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Canada, the
USA and Australia.
I am now a freelance presenter on astronomy and space exploration, offering public talks and workshops for
schools and youth organisations. Please see the other pages on
this site for further details. I travel all over the UK, and
presented a public space lecture tour of Northern Ireland during National Science Week in 2007.
I have spoken at various venues, including:
- The British Festival of Space
- The British Interplanetary Society
- The Edinburgh Festival
- The Farnborough Air Show
- The Federation of Astronomical Societies' Convention
- The Mars Society Conferences in the UK, Belgium, France, The Netherlands and the USA
- Oxford and Cambridge University
- The Palace of Westminster
- The Royal Institution
- The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
- The Society for Popular Astronomy
- The "Standon Calling" rock festival (Really!)
- UKSEDS branches and conventions
I am also the author of a book commemorating the first men on the Moon. Called "One Small Step",
it is presented as a young space enthusiast's scrap-book. Sir Patrick
Moore said it is "Marvellous" and in August 2009 I gave a presentation
based on the book at the Edinburgh Festival - where I may have been the
first person to construct and launch a rocket in front od the audience!
I wrote the Space Exploration pages for "Popular Astronomy", the magazine of the Society for Popular Astronomy
Part of my aim is to inspire students to follow careers in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics, for the young people of today
will be those who are involved in the projects of tomorrow.