Martin Zaltz Austwick

Sociable Physics

In 2010, I moved into the field of complexity science, joining the ENFOLD project at the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. If you’d like to find out more about my work in urban and global dynamics, visit Below is a recent animation I did with Ollie O’Brien’s help of Boris Bike movement on the day of a tube strike last year:

Until July 2010, I worked as a medical physicist (details of which below):

This is a short talk on Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) that I prepared for UCL in May 2010:

And I also discussed PDT on Episode 2 of UCL’s Bright Club podcast (released 7th May 2010). You can find it on iTunes here.

I worked at the National Medical Laser Centre from June 2006 until July 2010 in the role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In this capacity I collected data and developed analytical models for clinical and preclinical data collected by Elastic Scattering Spectroscopy. This technique is sensitive to tissue morphological changes via reduced scattering parameters.

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Recent Publications

“Scanning Elastic Scattering Spectroscopy detects metastatic breast cancer in sentinel lymph nodes”, M Austwick et al, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Vol. 15, 047001 (2010)
“A novel optical scanner for rapid intraoperative diagnosis of Sentinel Node metastases in breast cancer”, MRS Keshtgar, DW Chicken, Martin Austwick et al, British Journal of Surgery, Vol 97 (8) p1232-1239 (2010)

Public engagement

In July 2011, researcher Steven Gray and I founded The Global Lab podcast, a research podcast focussing on cities, global complexity and the impact of technology on people’s lives. In May 2011, the comedy podcast* I co-produce and appear in, Answer Me This!, won a Sony Gold.

In November 2009 and July 2011, I performed at Bright Club, a cabaret night featuring researchers presenting short talks alongside comedy and music. In November 2009 I explained what my Photodynamic Therapy research has to do with Count Dracula – and created a video of it for YouTube (above); in 2011 I explained why physicists are social and why Karl Marx steals Earl Grey.

I co-produce and provide music for the weekly Wellcome Trust-funded Bright Club podcast, and have featured recently on the podcast, discussing my research.

I participated in the Trying and Trying project with textual artist Gethan Dick, culminating in February 2011.

In March 2011 I released an album of songs about science and knowledge (including songs about the Luminiferous Aether, the discovery of irrational numbers by Hippasus of Metapontum, the invention of the printing press by Gutenberg, and the journey of Voyager II). I performed these songs at Bright Club (2009-2010), The London Word Festival (2008, 2010 and 2011), GeekPop (2010-2011), The Latitude Festival (2007-2010), The Green Man Festival (2010-2011)  and regular comedy night The School for Gifted Children (2007-2010).

I demonstrated research on Breast Cancer at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition in 2009 (which was open to members of the public of all ages).

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*this is not an academic or outreach podcast – it contains content that some listeners might find a bit rich for their blood.