Public Talks

Claire has more than a decade's worth of experience delivering guided tours of the night's sky. These shows are fully flexible and can be adapted for a range of audiences (group size, ages, experience etc). Her Park in the Dark series typically runs twice a year in green spaces in and around Exeter. Please get in touch if you are interested in bringing this event to your district of the city.

Claire also regularly provides talks on astronomy to varied audiences on subjects including:

  • how stars and their planets form;
  • the astronomical field of interferometry;
  • the benefits of infrared astronomy;
  • her experiences as a woman in astronomy/physics/science;
  • her experiences as an LGBTQ+ individual in astronomy/physics/science;
  • the need for better diversity and inclusion across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine;
  • the Rosetta comet-landing mission.

  • For bookings and enquiries, please use Claire's contact details at the bottom of this page.


    Upcoming talks
  • Exeter WI (Date TBA)
  • Exeter U3A (Date TBA)
  • Constellation Walk at Shillingford Farm School (Date TBC)
  • April 9 2021: Weymouth Astronomical Society

  • Past talks
  • December 2020: Park in the Dark VIII: Star-gay-zing Festive Zoom Socials for PRISM Exeter for The Great Conjunction.
  • September 2020: Tech Exeter Conference 2020 (via Hopin). A recording of this talk is available below.


  • September 2020: Wessex Astronomical Society (via Zoom).
  • August 2020: Park in the Dark VII: Perseid meteor shower star-party, Ludwell Valley Park (+ Zoom)
  • March 2020: Constellations workshop for Belmont Park hut after school group (cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • March 2020: Crewkerne Astronomical Society (postponed due to COVID-19)
  • March 2020: Park in the Dark VI: Marpool Primary School, Exmouth (postponed due to weather)
  • January 2020: Bournemouth Natural Sciences Society and Museum

  • November 2019: Park in the Dark V: Stoke Hill Primary School, Exeter
  • February 2019: Fordingbridge Astronomical Society
  • February 2019: South Devon UTC event for the International Day of Women and Girls in STEM, Newton Abbot
  • January 2019: overview of LGBTSTEMinar19 for PRISM Exeter

  • November 2018: Park in the Dark IV: Star spangled Kyrangle - winter star lore, St Loyes ward, Exeter
  • September 2018: Out Thinkers event at the British Science Festival, Hull. A recording of this talk is available below.


  • August 2018: Park in the Dark III: Star spangled Kyrangle - Perseid meteor shower, St Loyes ward, Exeter
  • April 2018: Dark Skies event in Dartmoor National Park
  • April 2018: Plymouth Astronomical Society

  • August 2017: Park in the Dark II: Perseids in the Park, Heavitree, Exeter
  • July 2017: Harrogate Astronomical Society
  • February 2017: Park in the Dark I: Heavitree Squilometre project, Exeter

  • November 2016: Torbay Astronomical Society, Torquay
  • June 2016: Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth
  • May 2016: Plymouth Astronomical Society
  • April 2016: guest lecture at Merseyside Astronomy Day, Liverpool World Museum. A recording of this talk can be provided on request.
  • 2012 - 2015: Presented planetarium shows as part of the University of St Andrews' mobile planetarium, various locations around Scotland

  • March 2015: Leeds Astronomical Society

  • November 2014: Sign language-interpreted planetarium shows for the hearing impaired as part of Dundee Science Festival, Dundee
  • October 2014: Cafe Scientifique, St Andrews
  • July 2014: Summer student lecture series, St Andrews
  • February 2014: Harrogate Astronomical Society
  • February 2014: Physics, Astronomy & Maths Space School, St Andrews

  • November 2013: IOP North East branch lecture series, Morpeth, Northumberland
  • October 2013: Dundee Astronomical Society
  • May 2013: York Astronomical Society

  • October 2011: Ask an Astronomer, Copmanthorpe, Yorkshire (via skype)