Hi. My name is Martin Zaltz Austwick. I’m a musician, podcaster, performer, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer of CASA at University College London. I have a DPhil in carbon nanotubes, fullerenes and quantum computing from Oxford University, and I’m a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; I work on podcasts which have won British Radio Academy and British Podcast Awards. I took the above photo which is why it looks like the start of an REM video. I make music as Pale Bird, Martin Austwick, Dr Martin Austwick, and The Sound of the Ladies.
I’m also a podcaster – I’m one third of Answer Me This!, one of the UK’s most successful independent podcasts (which won a Sony Silver in 2010 and a Sony Gold in 2011). I also co-created Song by Song (which won the British Podcast Award for Review shows in 2017), Brain Train, Global Lab, and The Year of The Bird podcasts.
I’ve written and performed music for those podcasts, and for Zig Zag, The Allusionist, The Beef and Dairy Network, Mortified, the Glamour UK podcast, and many others. I’ve written music and performed live with The Allusionist, Radio Diaries, Roman Mars (99% Invisible), The Bugle, Radiotopia Live, and at the 3rd Coast International Audio Festival awards ceremony.
I’ve spoken at Audiocraft, Hearsay, Vancouver Podcast Festival, Boring Conference, Geek Showoff, SciBar, Pint of Science, TEDx LSE, in additional to a range of academic conferences from the AAG to SPIE – about everything from Music for Podcasting, to Eggs, to Cycling, to GPS Data, to Medical Laser Physics. I founded the Podcast Maker Weekend (as part of the London Podcast Festival) in 2017 and continue to act as its lead curator/director.
I tweet @martinaustwick.
In my academic life, I was a full-time Senior Lecturer at CASA, at the Bartlett, in University College London (UCL) until September 2017. I have a first class physics undergraduate degree, a doctorate in quantum computing, carbon nanotubes, and fullerenes, and a postgraduate certificate in teaching for higher and professional education. My research covered digital humanities, cycling, freight transport, the sharing economy, REF Impact, and communities of practice. I teach, and have trained on, data visualisation, coding, podcasting, and physics, and was Course Director on a Spatial Data Science and Visualisation masters programmes from 2013-2017, and wrote, ran, and taught on masters and undergraduate modules.
I’ve been active in public engagement, and have given numerous public talks, chaired Cafe Scientifique events, made videos and visualisations, and run podcasts aimed at sharing ideas from science and academia. I won a UCL award for Institutional Leadership in Public Engagement in 2016 for my work enabling and supporting staff and students in my department, shared in a public engagement award in 2015, and won an ESPRC-funded Public Engagement Fellowship the same year.
My academic twitter is @sociablephysics. But it’s not very active at present.
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