School Visits

I am always happy to discuss possible visits to schools, ranging from primary schools to sixth form colleges. On previous visits I have given talks on exoplanet science, discussed what it is like to study Physics at university, offered advice to prospective Oxbridge applicants, and run interactive activities.

Having grown up in the UK’s East Midlands attending a non-selective state school, I am always keen to reach out to schools which may not have a traditional connection to elite universities. I fervently believe that, regardless of background, science has a place for everyone.


(Notes from the students at Settle Primary School, Yorkshire, England, where I was an invited judge for their spaceship design competition).

Arranging a visit


I am based at the Carl Sagan Institute in Ithaca, NY, United States. I am happy to travel, given sufficient notice. If in doubt, the easiest way is to get in contact:

Skype talks


Is there an ocean or half a planet getting in the way of an in-person visit? Not to worry! I often Skype schools all over the world to discuss my research and hold Q&A sessions on astronomy. In the past, I have Skyped schools in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and more. So even if you are remote, Skype is a great option.