Kathryn Boast

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Kathryn Boast

Quantum Materials Outreach Officer

I'm the Quantum Materials Outreach Officer for Oxford Physics. I am a keen physics communicator, and have taken on outreach opportunities in the department for a few years as both an undergraduate and graduate student. My current, one-year role is newly created as part of the EPSRC Quantum Materials Platform Grant. I am developing resources to support the Quantum Materials group in their efforts to engage the public with their work, as well as delivering hands-on talks and demonstrations for local schools and groups. This has included giving the department’s Christmas Lectures this year on the topic of magnetism. I am looking forward to turning this into a set of videos to reach a wider audience, and plan to take the ‘Magnets Fantastic’ show further afield over the next few months. I'm excited to search for new ways to explain and explore the work of the quantum materials group with all sorts of people, from science teachers to passers-by!

In my spare moments, I'm also finishing a DPhil on LZ, a direct dark matter search experiment.