Carolin Crawford


CV - Public outreach activity - Research Interests

I am an observational astronomer with over twenty years of active research experience, carried out alongside – and later eclipsed by – a growing role in the public communication of science. This was recognised by my appointment as the Professor of Astronomy for Gresham College 2011 - 2015. I am the Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy, where I run an active public outreach programme; I am also a College Lecturer, Fellow and Tutor at Emmanuel College. I have many years of practical experience of explaining a large range of astronomical concepts and news to a wide variety of (mostly live) audiences – this includes not just the creation and delivery of lectures and presentations, but also participating in much more informal and interactive discussions. I also enjoy discussing astronomical matters on both national and local radio.

A CV is available.

Public Outreach Talks

I am happy to give talks about most topics in Astronomy and Space Science to most audiences, and as my schedule allows.
Synopses, videos, powerpoints and transcripts are available for my 24 Gresham lectures are available
here.

You can also listen (c/o the BBC iPlayer) to my appearances on the BBC Radio 4 Programme In Our Time, discussing: Saturn (2016); dark matter (2015); the Sun (2014); cosmic rays (2013); exoplanets (2013); the Moon (2011); the age of the Universe (2011); the cool Universe (2010); gravitational waves (2007); galaxies (2006); asteroids (2005); dark energy (2005); the planets (2004).

During the six years 2006-2014 I have delivered a total of 690 presentations to a total audience of over 52,000 people.

Specifically, here are the details of all the Outreach & Educational talks I have given in : 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006

and my media activity in : 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006

photo credit UKRC
I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the UKRC's 2009 Outstanding Women of Achievement for "Communication of SET with a contribution to society"

I am the honorary President of the Letchworth & District Astronomical Society.

Research publications
My research career involved studying the properties and immediate environment of the most massive central galaxies in the Universe - those lying at the core of rich clusters of galaxies.
I have an h-number of 42 (as of Aug 2015).
Full research publications list or just those publications from the last five years of my research career.

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