Opportunities to inspire

It looks like the summer and autumn are going to be busy times in terms of science communication! In addition to developing the non-orientability exhibition I’ve agreed to help out with the following:

  • Kickstart workshop, Wednesday 22nd July. Children aged about 16 from Edinburgh and the Lothians will descend upon the Edinburgh universities for a week in order to experience higher education. Each day they have the opportunity to do workshops in a couple of subjects to see what they are like, and hopefully find something they’d like to study at university one day. I will be giving a 20-minute talk on Knot Theory (either braids or DNA) to persuade them that maths is beautiful and creative, as well as useful in the real world.
  • Maths masterclass, October/November. Every year Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Uni run a series of about seven ‘maths masterclasses’ for bright 13-year olds. The sessions aim to give students a feeling of what research-level mathematics is all about through talks by mathematicians and then more in-depth activities. This year there is a vacancy for a speaker, and through a fortunate encounter with Robert Weston at a dinner party, my name came up! It’s going to be a lot of work preparing two hours’ worth of material, but I think the rewards will be worth it.

But for the moment, back to this PhD thingy. My flatmate Julia needs all the help she can get…


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