“I get to live out my excitement on stage, I see the amazement in peoples faces when I explain things to people. It is just like when you have a really exciting piece of gossip – you just have to share it!”
This is part of a series of interviews with science communicators about science communication. Today we are Speaking to… Jamie Gallagher
Who do you work for?
University of Glasgow
What type of science communication do you do?
Mainly science shows to general audiences. Often to be found at science festivals.
Who is your main audience?
I do both kids and adult shows, they can have remarkably similar content though the delivery can vary.
How did you get into it?
Starting with some training courses run by the university, my big break came with a week long residential training course at Cheltenham science festival.
Why do you do it?
A few reasons. Firstly I think it is incredibly important that people working in publicly funded institutes share their work. Academics should be explaining what they do and why they do it with the people who fund the research. I also hope that my communication can be inspiring. That anyone can see science as something accessible, fun and doable. I don’t like the reverence with which science is often regarded as being something difficult and only for the most elite academics. I also thoroughly enjoy what I do.
What do you love about science communication?
The people I meet and the activities I get to take part in. I get to live out my excitement on stage, I see the amazement in peoples faces when I explain things to people. It is just like when you have a really exciting piece of gossip – you just have to share it!
What has been your favourite project?
It is always the current thing! That is what keeps driving me forward, I’m always excited by the new adventure and next opportunity.
Do you have any new science communication projects coming up?
I get a few weeks break now. Last week I was in Cheltenham as I was the Cheltenham Science Festival Christmas lecturer and I’ve been lecturing at the uni on public engagement this week. In the new year I’m still touring with some of my own shows. I’ve got a few dates lined up in Glasgow and Edinburgh and hopefully I will be at many of the brilliant science festivals the UK has to offer.
Any tips for those wanting to get into science communication?
Take every opportunity you can and learn from as many people as possible.
You can follow Jamie on Twitter at @JamieBGall or go to his website www.jamiebgall.co.uk