Outreach and Hobbies

Public Engagement with Science and Maths Outreach

I am interested in promoting science to a non-specialist audience. I have given talks on my research for laymen, for example at the Bruno H. Bürgel astronomical observatory Berlin in February 2020 or at the Peterhouse Graduate Symposium in November 2013.

I have also contributed to bigger outreach events. For example, together with Zoe Wyatt, I made a poster on the physics behind building cathedrals for a Edinburgh University outreach event.

I have also been a volunteer at the Edinburgh Maths Circle and previously at the Cambridge University Emmy Noether Society, both of which were founded by my girlfriend, Zoe Wyatt, who is currently doing a PhD in Mathematical Relativity at the University of Edinburgh as a member of their Analysis group.

As an undergraduate, I was heavily involved with the Cambridge University Scientific Society, first as Junior Treasurer in 2006 - 2007 and then as President in 2007 - 2008. During that year, I restructued and enlarged the committee in order to run more events of higher quality. These included the a trip to CERN to see the LHC and meet scientists there, as well as the best-attended talk of the society to date with 500 people packing the largest lecture theatre in Cambridge. I also initiated a big sponsorship drive which more than doubled our annual income to £5000.

Simon Singh speaking at the Cambridge University Scientific Society.

Hobbies

I am a keen runner and cyclist. I have run a few half-marathons, including the Cape Town and Munich half-marathons and have participated in my first marathon in October 2016. I cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats in 9 days with my good friends Chris and Matt White.

When I am not working or exercising, I like to relax by playing the piano. This used to be a big part of my life before I came to Cambridge but has unfortunately taken a back-seat since. I hope that I will soon be playing the piano daily again.