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.

"Star stuff", made from pressed flowers, which are made from star stuff

My uber-talented, green-fingered friend, Elaine Pickering, made this for me with flowers from her garden! 

'Star stuff' is in reference to a quote from many a skeptic's hero, Carl Sagan (although, the idea of people being made of star-stuff has a history that precedes Sagan's The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective).

Our Sun is a second- or third-generation star. All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star-stuff.
— Carl Sagan, The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective

I haven't had time to buy a frame for it yet, which is why it's still in the packaging (plastic sheet and tape) that I brought it back to Norway in. I couldn't wait until it was framed to show it off.

The photo doesn't do justice to just how intricate and pretty it is but you might be able to see it a little better from a close-up of the 's'. Once I've managed to buy a frame, it's going to take pride of place above our dining table.

Those are actual flowers!

Those are actual flowers!

I met Elaine, and her husband, Andy, around five years ago at the first ever Aston Humanist Society event I had arranged, a 'Skeptics in the Classroom' talk with Rebecca Watson, in collaboration with the then fledgling Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub,  and we've been friends ever since. Getting more involved in humanism/skepticism has introduced me to lots of lovely people and I'm very lucky that Elaine and Andy were two of them. 

The Leicester 5k Colour Blast Dash and my 2014 running challenges

World Book Night: Spreading my love of books and critical thinking