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Dr Chris North

Dr Chris North

Senior Lecturer
Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Head of Public Engagement

School of Physics and Astronomy

Email
northce@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0537
Campuses
Room N/4.06, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
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Overview

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physics and Astronomy. I am also the Director of Recruitment and Admissions and the Head of Public Engagement. I work on public engagement, education and data visualisation for a range of projects, most notably the Gravity Exploration Institute.

I am the Academic Lead for the Physics Mentoring Project.

I have significant experience of speaking about a very wide range of astronomy to very broad audiences, and am happy to speak about almost anything in the field of astronomy.

Read more about my outreach activities on my personal blog and the Cardiff Physics Outreach blog. Listen to the "Pythagorean Astronomy" podcast at pythagastro.uk (or find it on Spotify)

Academic duties

  • I am the Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the School of Physics and Astronomy
  • I am the Head of Public Engagement for the School of Physics and Astronomy
  • I coordinate many of the school engagement activities for the School of Physics and Astronomy, most notably the Physics Mentoring Project
  • I present "Pythagorean Astronomy" the monthly astronomy item on Pythagoras' Trousers, a science and engineering show and podcast for Radio Cardiff.
  • I am Honorary Secretary of the IOP Wales Committee
  • I am Co-Chair of the Multi-Messenger Astronomy working group of iGrav

Professional bodies accreditation/membership

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of Institute of Physics (MInstP)
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS)

Biography

  • 2018-present: Senior Lecturer, Director of Recruitment and Admissions
  • 2016-present: Head of Public Engagement
  • 2016-2020: Ogden Science Lecturer, STFC Public Engagement Fellow
  • 2014-2016: Lecturer and Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2013-2016: Community Engagement Coordinator, Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2008-2016: PDRA, Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2007-2014: Astronomy Researcher and co-presenter, BBC Sky at Night
  • 2005-2008: DPhil, University of Oxford
  • 2001-2005: BA, MSci, University of Cambridge

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Physics

Publications

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Teaching

  • Deputy Module Organiser: Mechanics and Matter
  • Deputy Module Organiser: Synoptic Astrophysics
  • BSc Project Supervisor: Bringing Astronomy into the Classroom
  • MSc Micro-project Supervisor

My scientific research focuses on data visualisation, primarily using astronomy data. I work with the Gravity Exploration Institute, through which I collaborate with the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA collaborations, and iGrav.

As well as scientific research, I have previously been heavily involved with outreach relating to the Herschel Space Observatory and the Planck Satellite.

I am a member of the team behind popular online astronomy websites such as Chromoscope, Design a Space Telescope, Multiwavelength Universe and the CMB Simulator.

I am the Academic Lead for the Physics Mentoring Project.

Read more about my outreach activities on my personal blog and the Cardiff Physics Outreach blog.