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.

Latest random selection of tweets about interesting things

A few things to while away your time whilst simultaneously getting some learning done:

Tweet from Mo Costandi (@mocost)

Project Kronos, cool sci-fi short in which

neurotechnology meets interstellar space travel

by @hazvfx

Tweet from Lars-PetterHelgestad (@helgestad)

HEF vedtok å være delt om eutansi

. Både for og mot eutanasi kan begrunnes i et humanistisk livssyn. #HEFlm

Tweet from Kenan Malik (@kenanmalik)

Neuromania is a problem

. And

overplayed neuroscepticism


Tweet from TimesHigherEducation (@timeshighered)

What do ‘study skills’ consist of

, and can they actually be learned by students? #edchat

Tweet from Wired (@wired)

Amazing GIF: One day's worth of weather, seen from space.


Tweet from Gunnar R Tjomlid (@CiViX)

Les! «

Danish School Experiment with WiFi Routers and Garden Cress

, Good Example of Bad Science» via @pjvanerp

Tweet from Jen Keane (@zenbuffy)

The Thaw

- a video about how christians imagine they are persecuted because they can't persecute others.

Tweet from Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ)

Taking your work to the next level (Part 1: READ) :

The Science Writers' Handbook

Developing an online EAP course and e-learning resources at HiOA

Three stories of Muslim women that have given me cause for cheer