Impact: 10,260 and counting

Looking back over my outreach activities since I moved to Australia in 2008, I seem to have reached more people than I thought.  For the three years I was in Perth I ran the outreach activities of our research group, organising many activities over the International Year of Astronomy in 2009 and beyond, and participating in many activities organised by other entities.  In 2011 my contract ended and I moved to take up a job in the Netherlands.  In a country where you don’t speak the language, direct outreach is much more difficult, but I did continue with the podcasting, radio work, and other occasional bits of science writing (not counted in the numbers here, it’s much harder to quantify these without the download statistics or listener figures).  In mid-2013 I moved back to the UK and have been running my own outreach activities independently, doing many youth groups, SciBArs, schools, festivals, and other assorted public talks and lectures.  Adding everything up (exact numbers where known, estimates otherwise), I have personally reached over 10,000 people.  Not counting the years I was in the Netherlands, that is an average of over 2,000 people a year, in my spare time.  Not too shabby.

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