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Perhaps best known for her time as a judge on Robot Wars, Lucy is also an author, performer, podcast host and engineer. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and visiting Professor of Creativity and Comms at Brunel, Lucy loves finding new and fun ways to share her love of engineering with the public.
“I like to sneak science into the public consciousness by sliding it in under the fun” says Prof Rogers who, in a video that went viral last year on Twitter, mixed pepper, water and oil to demonstrate how soap breaks down the fat that holds viruses together. The video generated more than 1.4 million views on Twitter and helped reinforce the importance of handwashing during the coronavirus crisis.
Lucy is also known for:
- reverse engineering the Banksy shredder (as heard on BBC Radio 4)
- appearing as a guest expert on Radio 2’s Josh Widdicombe Will Make Your Life Better
- writing It’s Only Rocket Science: An Introduction in Plain English
- being a ‘maker’ - from tinkering with her 3D printer to making a ‘fartometer’ for IBM
- working on cleaning up space debris, aka a “space junk terminator”
- co-hosting hit sci-tech-comedy show The DesignSpark Podcast
- exploring the world of tech in factual podcast The Engineering Edge
In her day-to-day working life, Lucy invents custom-made physical devices that can turn a problem into an advantage; explains science in plain English to a non-specialist audience; puts ideas together from different scientific fields; and is an IoT hacker!
Other professional positions/awards Lucy holds are:
- fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
- consultant for Dorling Kindersley’s Robot and Inventor Lab books
- member of the Association of British Science Writers
- a PhD in Bubbles!
Professor Lucy Rogers
The inventor with a sense of fun!
Expert on the UK's freelance community
Steve set up the Being Freelance podcast in 2015. Currently in the Top 20 in the iTunes charts (Careers section), Being Freelance is a spotlight on the fast-expanding freelance sector – currently at 2 million workers in the UK – and highlights the sacrifices and the rewards that this forward-looking way of working involves. Each episode shares the story of a creative freelancer from around the world, helping a growing audience of solo workers to realise they’re “not alone being freelance”.
As well as his position at the helm of Being Freelance, Steve is also a co-host of a podcast for freelance parents: Doing It For The Kids (DIFTK), which won Bronze for ‘Best Business Podcast’ at the British Podcast Awards 2020.
Audio and video creator Steve Folland is a regular speaker at events about freelancing and work-life balance. Steve has worked with IPSE - the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed - speaking at their events and hosting live episodes of his podcast with them in London and Manchester. Steve was a finalist for IPSE’s Freelancer of the Year in 2016.
Steve worked full-time in radio for more than a decade but always freelanced on the side for extra experience and income. In 2013, he swapped early starts for a life being freelance: to be his own boss, to be with his two kids, to be more awake.
Steve has since built a freelance business - growing at a similar mind-boggling pace to his children.
He’s gone through the phases of “doing everything for everyone” all by himself to working as a limited company (still the sole employee), hiring a team of freelancers as needed to help with animations, voiceovers, design and scripts.
During lockdown he was able to step back from his work to look after his family, while his wife continued in full-time employment. His business kept going because of outsourcing to other freelancers.
When it comes to Steve speaking or advising about freelancing, he’s not just drawing on his own experience but that of hundreds of freelancers from around the world...
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