Public Engagement

The Quantum Workshop







James runs a public engagement project called The Quantum Workshop, which was set up with Ying Lia Li at UCL thanks for the support of a Beacon’s Innovation Seed grant. This project uses a mobile, state-of-the-art laser levitation experiment to beautifully demonstrate some of the experimental techniques needed to study quantum physics. It has been used in markets, shopping centres, pubs, museums, a crypt and science festivals, and in the UK, Austria and Portugal!

Full details on The Quantum Workshop website.

Royal Institution Lectures






I deliver regular Short Courses on quantum physics to the public at the Royal Institution, home of the famous Christmas Lectures. A “Short Course” consists of 9 hours of lectures! I constructed the course from scratch, and I’m pleased to say that in all years the event sold out.

You can find a selection of the lectures on my YouTube page.



James wrote a short article for The Guardian on the prospect of doing quantum physics experiments with living things, called “A living thing in two places at once? This quantum quandary test is limited”.

James wrote an article for Physics World with André Xuereb called “Rise of the Quantum Machines” about quantum thermodynamics.






I wrote a long article with André Xuereb from the University of Malta called “Rise of the Quantum Machines” for Physics World. It is about the implications for engineering of quantum thermodynamics, and you can download it here.