Current projects

There is recent book out, so I am thinking about the next one now – watch this space. I’m trying to think about the Anthropocene, big history, technology, and the importance of planetary scale perceptions. Mainly, this is making my head hurt, so progress is currently slow.

I finished being editorial manager for the European Commission funded project Nanopinion, a while ago. The aim was to inform public debate about nanotechnology throughout Europe. (It was a pretty ambitious project).

I’ve enjoyed being a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University this year (2017), offering a few sessions on science publishing on a new module created for their excellent publishing programme. Nice to be back doing a little teaching again.

And on the jazz side of things, I sometimes do social media stuff for Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival (well, I do twitter, ‘cos I don’t really get Facebook).

Other things I am involved with when I remove my science writer’s hat include Abolish Empty Office Buildings, an innovative social housing project in Bristol (read about them here: and invest if you can!) and Books for Amnesty, the always well-stocked second-hand bookshop who are also my neighbours in Bristol.

I recently became a significant shareholder and director of Real World Visuals, an environmental communications company built around the consistently creative work of my friend Adam Nieman. You can read some of the reasons why here. The things the company does are constantly developing, and we have a new brochure (pdf) that outlines what is special about our general approach. I think this is a big deal Рperhaps you will, too, so do take a look.

Locally (this isn’t really a “project”) I run a mailing list for a science reading group in Bristol. We mostly read non-fiction, though fiction – and even poetry – keep creeping in. We welcome new people. (Note we’re still reading, but I’ve passed on the admin. You can still ask me about it, though…).