Public Engagement

I believe that medical physics provides one of the most accessible routes into science for people who are interested but not specialists.

  • It is easy to see the applications of medical physics
  • People can bring their own experiences to bear
  • Medical imaging is very visual
  • It's straightforward to understand the applications
  • From the applications, it's a short step to gain insights into modern physics theory.

These advantages make medical physics a unique tool for enthusing people of all ages about science in general and physics in particular. Here are links to some work I've done, and other medical physics links appropriate for students and the public.

Primary science

I currently assist with science teaching in a local primary school. I have given science classes and workshops to >700 pupils from age 3 to 10.

Medical Physics GCSE/A level education

We have produced a set of teaching materials which can be used to teach medical physics to GCSE level in schools. Every school in the UK has been sent a pack containing three Powerpoint lessons, a workbook and other material. It is also free to download.

This work was a collaboration between the Medical Physics Group and Education Department of the IoP and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. It is largely funded by the EPSRC. We've publicised this with two articles in "Catalyst", a talk at the 2006 Association for Science Education annual meeting in Reading and a paper in Physics Education.

Outreach

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In May 2013, I took part in a pint of science.

In Spring 2006, we ran an exhibition at the Science Museum and an exhibit at the Royal Society's summer science exhibition. Here's a factsheet.

Media coverage

In December 2005, the EPSRC sent out a press release based on our brain imaging work. This led to a lot of interest, including:

Other medical physics links

  • Inside Story is a website from the IoP as a contribution to Einstein Year. It includes hands-on examples of medical physics.