Congratulations Matt Parker – 2011 Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement

Matt Parker – an awesome Australian! We met briefly at QEDCon in February and again when he visited Perth to catch up with family before heading to more comedy shows in Melbourne. Lovely, lovely person and absolutely fantastically smart and funny. He even got an award for it!

Here he is with hanging out in a bookshop in Leederville with another friend of mine, science communicator Daniel ‘Professor Funk of the Placebo Effect Video’ Keogh (and they’re posing with a book written by another science communicator friend, Michael McRae… yes, it’s a little difficult keeping all these brilliant science communicators that I know separate in my mind, but bear with me).

The Josh Award recognises up-and-coming talent in the science communication field, and innovative approaches to engage the public with science. The Award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and the role of Science Communicator in residence for the Manchester Science Festival 2012.

Matt will be presented with the Award on Sunday 23 October at the Your Days Are Numbered: The Maths of Death event he is performing at during Manchester Science Festival website (22 – 30 October 2011).

You can follow him on Twitter at @standupmaths – and here you can watch a film of him in action, if you can’t make the show. And congratulations Matt!

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.


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