I am Neuroscience PhD, a humanist, skeptic, feminist, avid reader, science enthusiast, woolly-liberal über-nerd, and, as of October 2015, father to the Lykketroll.

I moved from England to Norway in January 2012 and live in Lørenskog with my wife, the Lykketroll, and our two aging rescue cats, Socrates and Schrödinger. 

I am on paternity leave from the 4th of July to the 18th of November. 

The job I am on leave from is as an  Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. My background is in child neurodevelopment (my PhD looked into the relationship between fatty acids like omega-3 and cognitive development in young children) but I now work on a hodge-podge of things roughly within the field of Universal Design of ICT 50% of the time, the other 50% of my time I am Head of the 'General' Studies (Allmenn in Norwegian) Unit, which is comprised of around 24 academics within a range of fields, including mathematics, physics, Norwegian, and technology and leadership.

In between working and doing the usual dad things,  I like hiking and running in the beautiful Norwegian outdoors, cooking and playing video games. 

If I believed in souls I would say that mine was born in Norway. 

I plan to sleep when I'm dead.

Researcher in Residence Prezis

The Researcher in Residence scheme, funded by Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust places researchers from any background in colleges and secondary schools to engage with (and hopefully inspire!) students.

I'm starting a placement at at Worcester College of Technology in October, which looks like it was just in time as it looks like the scheme is going to be stopped at the start of next year. Damn budget cuts! For my particularl placement I will be working with a group of 10-15 (maybe up to 20) A-level Psychology students for 6 90-minute sessions, followed by a visit to the Aston Brain Centre in November, where they'll be able to take part in some neuroimaging studies and get a hands-on experience of the research and science I will have been talking about.

I've put together four Prezis (using my wife's account) covering my research background and interests, tailoring it as best I could to their A2 specification. I trial ran all four talks with my teacher contacts at the college last week and they seemed to enjoy them, fingers crossed the students will too!

The first is a mash-up of myth-busting and a quiz, to get the ball rolling before I hit them with the hard stuff in the next session. I must credit Prof Chris French for inspiring the Led Zepplin bit - I really hope I can pull it off as well as he did when I saw him at a Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub meeting a few months back.

I've had really good fun putting the talks together, and in the process managed to plug a few knowledge gaps too! The students attending these extra-curricular sessions are those that have shown an interest in studying psychology further. I really hope my placement serves to enthuse and excite them further!

A quick update on my new life in Norway

Forensic Science Session for Birmingham Thinktank Home Educator's Day