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Lecturer, Physics and Astronomy, University of Sussex

Darren Baskill is a lecturer and outreach officer in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex, with over 25 years’ experience of professional and amateur astronomy, and in organising and delivering science events for schools, colleges, and the public.

His specialism is in communicating astronomy to the public, giving talks and working with the media on all aspects of astronomy and astrophotography, having appeared on BBC TV, radio and news online on many occasions, as well as frequently writing for the BBC Focus magazine.

He previously taught astronomy at the Royal Observatory Greenwich science centre and planetarium in London, where he initiated the highly successful Astronomy Photographer of the Year public competition and exhibition, and he was a calibration scientist for the European XMM-Newton space telescope at the University of Leicester before that, ensuring that the data delivered to astronomers around the world was of the highest quality.

Darren has a degree in Astrophysics and a PhD in X-ray Astronomy (looking at the physics of cataclysmic variable star systems) both from the University of Leicester. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the Institute of Physics (serving on the committee of the IOP South Central Branch) and is a director of Ensonglopedia, a musical theatre company based in Lewes, East Sussex.


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    Lecturer, Physics and Astronomy, University of Sussex