James has worked in science communication for over 20 years.
His first role, in 1995, was as explainer and presenter in a small science centre in Norwich. Through the development of simple demonstration science shows for primary school aged children, James developed his personal style of presentation and learnt key skills in directing audience attention, managing groups and controlling voice and body language.
The shift in emphasis from communication to ‘dialogue’ following the Jenkins report (2000) led to the development of a local science café, which James coordinated in Norwich, and increased links with researchers in academia and industry.
James joined the John Innes Centre in August 2017 as Communication and Engagement Officer, supporting and facilitating science communication and engagement events. He provides skills training and mentoring for staff wishing to develop their communication skills.
When not at the Norwich Research Park James is a trainer for Famelab International and public engagement consultant.