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Tyler Irving

Who are you?

My name is Tyler Irving and I love science. I am addicted to what Richard Feynman called “the pleasure of finding things out.” For me, the only thing better than learning something new is the experience of sharing that joyful feeling of discovery with someone else. My ongoing effort to find ways of getting paid for doing this is what some might call a career.

Over the years, I have created and managed hands-on science workshops, summer camps and outreach programs, worked at museums and science centres, taught high school in Canada and the U.K., done graduate-level scientific research, hosted a radio program, written award-winning magazine articles, produced scripts for online videos, delivered public talks on science and much more.

OK, but what do you do right now?

I describe myself as a science writer and communicator. That means I write magazine articles, video scripts, display copy for museums, blog posts, reports, website content and whatever else I can get into.

Can I see some examples of stuff you’ve written lately?

Here are some selected projects from the last few years. Some of them have even won awards.

You mentioned some awards. Is there any way I could see some video evidence of this, hopefully including footage of you looking busy and important, while others extol your skills in writing and scientific journalism?

Knock yourself out.

Why should I listen to you? Are you an expert? Do you have any kind of scientific background?

I have a master’s degree in chemical engineering, and I have published one paper in a peer-reviewed journal. That doesn’t make me an expert on anything (except maybe algal bioreactors) but it was enough to give me a solid grounding in most basic science concepts, as well as a taste of how scientists think and how they spend their days. As a result, I’m sometimes able to ask questions others might not think to ask.

That said, you should think of me more as an interpreter, a storyteller and someone who is passionate about public understanding of science, rather than an expert on the science itself. I think most science writers and communicators would say the same thing.

Is there anything else I should know about you?

I play many instruments, including the Great Highland Bagpipe, which I have been known to break out at weddings, funerals, parades, family reunions, county fairs, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and anywhere else people are too polite to ask me to stop. Despite this, I am happily married. I also have two adorable and curious kids who are great at keeping me too busy to write.

How can I get in touch with you?

Please fill out the contact form here.