Hi. My name is Martin Zaltz Austwick. I’m a musician, podcaster, performer, Honorary Senior Lecturer of CASA at University College London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; I’ve written, produced, composed and performed for award-winning podcasts including The Allusionist, ZigZag, 99% Invisible (live), Song by Song and 20,000Hz. I write music as Pale Bird.

You can contact me on twitter @martinaustwick or email DrAustwick at gmail dot com.

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I’m a podcaster – I’m one third of Answer Me This!, one of the UK’s most successful independent podcasts (Sony/Aria Silver, 2010 and a Sony/Aria Gold 2011). I also co-created Song by Song (British Podcast Gold Award: Review, 2017), Brain Train, Global Lab, and The Year of The Bird podcasts, and I’ve written for 20,000Hz.

I’ve written and performed music for the above podcasts, and for Zig ZagThe Allusionist, The Beef and Dairy Network, Mortified, the Glamour UK podcast, and many, many others. I’ve written music and performed live with The Allusionist, Radio Diaries, 99% Invisible, The Bugle, Radiotopia Live, and for 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 and 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 to create high-quality, affordable sessions for UK podcasters, and currently act as its lead curator/director with a team of volunteers.

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’m currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer. 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 taught podcasting to music journalism students at BIMM in 2019.

I’ve been active in public engagement, and have given 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.