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Karl Byrne

Trainer

Karl is an award winning science communicator with over 15 years experience. He has trained and advised scientists and science communicators throughout the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is the current Chair of BIG- the skills sharing network for individuals involved in STEM subjects.

Karl is an award winning science communicator with over 15 years experience. He has trained and advised scientists and science communicators throughout the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is the current Chair of BIG- the skills sharing network for individuals involved in STEM subjects.

Karl has designed science shows, public experiments and science exhibitions, writes and presents numerous science shows around the world and lectures on Science Communication at the University of Cambridge and the University of Derby.

Originally from Co. Down, Northern Ireland, Karl graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a degree in Virology in 2002 and has been actively involved in science communication and public engagement since 2000.

He spent 7 years as a researcher at Edinburgh University and Queen’s University Belfast, working on a range of viruses including HIV, Hepatitis C, and the MMR vaccine. In 2006 he was a finalist in the “Famelab” science communication competition. He is the winner of the Special Factual Talent Presenter pitch at the 2011 Sheffield Documentary Festival and The Best Demo competition at the BIG Event in 2012.

He was the Christmas Lectures Manager at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, where he produced and managed the 2016 lecture series, which were broadcast on the BBC in December and has recently returned from Singapore, having organised a tour of the lectures there.

Karl’s previous roles have included Senior Programme Co-ordinator at Cheltenham Science Festival, and Science and Interpretation Officer in At-Bristol Science Centre.

In his spare time, Karl is an avid fan of cinema and has written and presented ‘Science Friction’, a podcast looking at the science behind science fiction.