Experience

Andrew has spoken at schools across Cambridgeshire and the UK, and given talks for interested groups and Science Festivals both locally and internationally. Organisations that have invited Andrew to speak include the The Royal Institution in London. His talks focus on looking at relevant science to today's world and draw on examples in history to see what we can learn.

If you wish to book Andrew to give a talk, please use the contact information found on the About page. Andrew also has wide range of media experiance having worked with Horizon, Cambridge Presents and BBC World Service, and is happy to receive requests to talk on his research and science in general.

Talks


Cancer

Cancer

Suitable for Year 9, 10 & 11, 6th Form and adults.
Running time: 1 hour.

Cancer has a massive impact peoples lives, yet the journey to understand the disease is a long and complicated one, and far from complete. This talk reflects back on some of the most important discoveries in cancer biology, and our hopes for the future.



Gas Attack

Alchemy and Air

Suitable for Year 9, 10 & 11, 6th Form and adults.
Running time: 1 hour.
This talk can include several demonstrations if facilities are available.

In the summer of 1909 a German scientist, Fritz Haber, demonstrated a single chemical reaction that changed the world forever. His experiment showed for the first time that it was possible to convert the endless supply of nitrogen from the air into an invaluable resource that would define the first half of the 20th century.


Terra Nova

Forgotten Knowledge: The discovery and loss of a cure for scurvy

Suitable for Year 9, 10 & 11, 6th Form and adults.
Running time: 1 hour.

Of all the slang names for the British, none is more iconic than 'Limey'. While the the term provokes majestic outreach/images of the Golden Age of Sail, scurvy cost countless sailors and seamen their lives. It was once not unheard of for nine out of every ten members of a ship's crew to have succumbed to scurvy by the time it returned to port. The results of James Lind's work on the HMS Salisbury in 1747, which led to a cure, without doubt saved innumerable lives. Yet in Cherry-Garrard's account of Robert Falcon Scott's 1911 expedition to the South Pole, he writes: "There was little scurvy in Nelson's days; but the reason is not clear, since, according to modern research, lime-juice only helps to prevent it." So why did Lind's results get forgotten?


Galaxy with You are Here

Science and my Sock Drawer

Suitable for Year 9, 10 & 11, 6 Form and adults.
Running time: 1 hour

A talk introducing the concept of entropy, and how it governs everything from the fate of the universe to the inevitable mess of my sock drawer. Created originally as a short talk for introducing the movie 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' at SciScreen events, it was later expanded to a full-length talk as part of National Science and Engineering Week 2012 where I gave the talk to several schools around Cambridgeshire. Depending on facilities availible the can contains several demos and lots of chances for audience participation.


Talk title slide

It's Not Just Pretty Pictures!

Suitable for 6th Form and those interested in finding out about my research.
Running time: 30 minutes.

Being able to visualise the shapes of the various building blocks inside the cell has greatly expanded our understanding of life. Traditionally this is done by X-ray crystallography, yet despite a lack of pretty pictures, mass spectrometry really can provide interesting answers where other solutions can't. And don't worry – I'll also explain what all those complicated words mean.


Workshops



Conus Shell

Chirality and Molecular Structure workshop

Suitable for Year 9 and up.
Running time: 1 or 2 hours.
No requirements. Extra chemical modelling sets may be required for larger groups.

A workshop focusing on the shape and structure of organic molecules and how this affects their physical and chemical properties. The group will be led through a series of exercises requiring the use of chemistry modelling kits to appreciate the shape of many common organic molecules, and the importance this has. Great fun for anyone who likes building things.



SciScreen Introductions


Andrew Holding and Marvin the Robot

SciScreen: The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Suitable for all ages.
Running time: 20 minutes.
Requires audio & video.

A talk introducing the concept of entropy as found in the movie, and how it governs everything from the fate of the universe to the inevitable mess of my sock drawer.


2001

The Science Behind '2001: A Space Odyssey' & '2010: The Year We Make Contact'

Suitable for all ages.
Running time: 20 or 30 minutes.
Requires audio & video.

A short talk about the science behind '2001: A Space Odyssey' and '2010: The Year We Make Contact'. Created for introducing the movie '2010' at SciScreen events. The talk covers the scientific concepts in the movies '2001' and '2010' including gravity, sound in space and artificial intelligence, which are presented in unique realism in the films. Using video clips from '2001' to demonstrate the science, the talk also recaps the plot of Kubrick's masterpiece.


2001

Game Thoery

Suitable for all ages.
Running time: 20 minutes.
Requires audio & video.

A short talk on Game Theory in movies, covering how to survive a duel in the 'Wild West', the logic behind the Princess Bride, and the maths of 'A Beautiful Mind'. The show talk was original prepared to be given before a showing of the cult classic 'WarGames'.

Published Work

Print Media

Cyborgs

What if we could all become cyborgs...

BBC World Service

  1. Why Are We So Tribal About Tech?
    • Andrew Holding
    • Gizmodo – 5th Jan 2017
  2. SATs won't teach British children the skills they really need
  3. Science evolves, and so should we
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Science Blogs – 17th July 2015
  4. Why we shouldn't sneer at Ashya King's parents
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Science Blogs – 5th September 2014
  5. Academics would love to be in the 'squeezed middle'
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Science Blogs – 8th May 2014
  6. Can one #nomakeupselfie make a difference?
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Science Blogs – 27th March 2014
  7. My best science lesson: why history is essential to engage students
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Professional – 25th March 2014
  8. Does UK science have a fetish for the short-term?
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Professional – 21st Oct 2013
  9. A scientist's view: equality, feminism and men's rights
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Science Blogs – 16th July 2013
  10. Why science and engineering toys aren't for girls
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Science Blogs – 12th October 2012
  11. The LMB at 50
  12. Evolution and divine creation: where's the contradiction?
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Comment is Free – Belief – 29th Febuary 2012
  13. ThinkCon at the Cambridge Science Festival – Can you make a difference?
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Science Blogs – 22nd Febuary 2011
  14. Opening up climate science can cut off the skeptics
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Science Blogs – 25th November 2010
  15. Forgotten knowledge: the discovery and loss of a cure for scurvy
    • Andrew Holding
    • BlueSci – October 2010
  16. Truth and consolation
    • Andrew Holding
    • Guardian – Comment is Free – Belief – 8th September 2010

Broadcast Media

Boffins telling jokes

Some Boffins with jokes

BBC Four

Breaking Bad

The Science of Breaking Bad

Head Squeeze TV

  1. Why Bother Going to the Moon?
  2. How Old is the Average Atom?
  3. Personalised Medicine: Dose By Design
  4. Cancer Research UK – The Grand Challenge
  5. The Science of Fiction — Medicine
  6. Breast Cancer
  7. The Science of Fiction — Future
  8. Compound — RNA
  9. Scientific Publishing
  10. Compound — Tamoxifen
  11. Compound — Titin
  12. The Science of Breaking Bad
  13. Some Boffins with Jokes
  14. What If... We could all become cyborgs?
  15. Sir Tom Blundell
  16. The Future of the Space Race
  17. The Haber Process
  18. How Does Laser Eye Surgery Work?

Awards

CRUK Rising Star Prize

Cancer Research UK Rising Star Prize

Andrew recieving his award from Iain Foulkes

June 2016

Nominated for inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards and Public Engagement with Research Awards.

July 2015

Cancer Research UK's 'Rising Star in Research Engagement Prize'.

March 2014

Unltd Try It Award to produce 12 videos for ThinkOutreach.

November 2013

Finalist for Royal Society of Chemistry's Take 1... Minute for Chemistry in Health Video Competition.

November 2012

Awarded an RSC Public Actities Small Grant.

July 2012

The Royal Society of Chemistry North West Trust sponsored speaker at Wrexham Science Festival.

April 2012

Finialist in the British Science Association 'Prove it' competition.

British Science Association Media Fellowship.

January 2012

Wellcome Trust People Award

October 2011

FameLab South of England Finalist

June 2011

Shortlisted for UnLtd / HEFCE Recognition Award – Outstanding Non Teaching Staff Social Entrepreneur.

May 2011

Shortlisted for British Science Association Media Fellowship.

January 2011

UnLtd Catalyst grant for Social Entrepreneurship.

October 2010

Nominated for Society of Biology Science Communication award by the Medical Research Council.