Kate Oliver

I’m a PhD student in experimental 3D printing at the University of Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials. This involves making shape changing jelly for a sci-fi future. Sound interesting? Watch me explain nature-inspired shape changing materials here.

I do talking and writing about nanotech, shape-changing materials, and physics (where I started), at Science Showoffs, on Soho Radio, in Physics World and anywhere else interested. I also enable other people’s science communication as one of the co-ordinators for Science Showoff Bristol, and offer freelance science writing. I aspire to make science communication even more chaotic, raucous and expansive.

To that end, I’m currently working on character-based scicomm, presenting the outdated ideas of Victorian engineer Ivan Yarkovsky, the opinions of scienceman Professor Dique-Mahn, and the gender transcendent MC Auncle Scary.

Upcoming gigs:

In previous lives I ran communications for Engineering at UCL, researched for an interactive maths TV programme, took journalists from 5 continents in a bus across the Alps, wrote press releases about buttering babies and tried to interest children in maths, amongst other things.

Find me online:

Learn how to be Fabulous with Nature and Poly Chromatik:

Hear Professor Dique-mahn’s views on Women in Science:

(he loves it when you do that)

(for the avoidance of confusion, all the people here are me.)
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