RANDOM MEANDERINGS THROUGH THE COSMIC WEB
I am involved in outreach activities at the Institute of Astronomy and at my college, Sidney Sussex in Cambridge. I give many public talks aimed for people of all ages. These range from mixed audiences at the weekly IoA public observing session (for which I also sometimes help to run the front-of-house activities), to Year 11 schoolchildren who are about to apply to University, all the way up to the lectures on astronomy given by the CAA aimed at adults wanting to find out more about astronomy and astrophysics. I also participate in open days at the IoA, as well as more general roles at the University-wide open days aimed at all 16-17 year olds about to apply to University.
For a more complete list of my outreach talks, and ideas for presentations, click here
The IoA open evenings are on every Wednesday from about 7pm-9pm. The talk starts at 7:15pm in the Sackler lecture theatre, and (weather permitting) telescope sessions start at 7:45pm. Free tea, coffee, and biscuits are provided between sessions, and if the weather is too cloudy to observe, the Cambridge Astronomical Assosiation (CAA) give a further two talks following coffee. You're also free to wander around the department and check out any of our displays and information boards.
If you would like me to give a talk or presentation, please contact me on ccrowe (at) ast.cam.ac.uk to discuss. Some selected talks I have given are shown on the right, with downloadable pdf slides. Note: most talks originally included many videos, which tends to lead to a rather large file size. Check which version you need before downloading the files!
Outreach LinksIoA Outreach Homepage
BBC Stargazing Live
Cambridge Astronomical Association
The Sky at Night
The Astronomy Magazine
Public Observing Talks
How To Build A Rocket
Feb 2012 - Rockets have played a crucial role in developing our understanding of space in the last 100 years, and put a man on the moon in the 1960s. I look at the history and development of rockets, explan the different types and how they work, and then look to the future. Plus, build your own rocket!
Our Universe In 6 Numbers
Jan 2011 - Our universe is very special. If the fundamental forces or the atomic physics were the tiniest bit different, we would not exist today. We can describe our universe with a small number of basic parameters that define how atoms work, how space and time behave, and how gravity works. I examine some of these numbers and show what would happen if we were to tweak them slightly.
Exploring The Early Universe With Supercomputers
Feb 2012 - A talk given for Cambridge Geek Nights at the Cambridge Union.