The Host - Quentin Cooper
Described by the Times as both “the world’s most enthusiastic man” and “an expert on everything from pop music to astrophysics” and by the Daily Mail as someone whose “wit and enthusiasm can enliven the dullest of topics”, Quentin hosts a diverse range of events in Britain and beyond, from major conferences to media training, as well as appearing regularly on radio, TV and in print.
He’s one of the most familiar and popular voices of science in the U.K., writing and presenting many hundreds of programmes including, for over a decade, fronting Britain’s most listened to science show, the live weekly Material World on BBC Radio 4 – hailed as “quite the best thing on radio” by Bill Bryson and “the most accessible, funny and conversational science programme on radio” by the Radio Times. He’s also both the regular host and master-class tutor for the UK and International finals of FameLab, rated as “the world’s leading science communication competition” by BBC World Service, and “the best time we’ve had in months” according to the Nobel prize-winning, co-discoverer of DNA James Watson after the 2013 finals. Quentin also writes a regular column for BBC Worldwide linking science and fiction, and has presented, produced and been a regular contributor to countless other science, technology, arts and entertainment programmes across BBC radio and television, Channel 4, the Discovery Channel, ITV and other channels. In his – limited – spare time still manages to be a film critic on BBC World, Radio 2 and elsewhere.
Quentin has worked in over 50 countries worldwide and is much in demand to host conferences, chair panels, facilitate debates, conduct interviews, give talks, MC events and run science communication and media skills workshops. These include the Time Higher award-winning Knowledge Transfer conferences at Heriot-Watt and St Andrews Universities, the CIB Scotland award-winning real-forensics-meets-crime-fiction show Murder Mystery & Microscopes, and EU Presidency conferences for Denmark and Sweden. Regular and notable organisations he’s worked for include the Royal Society, the European Commission, the British Council, CERN, the Nobel Foundation, the Royal Society of Chemistry, BBC Training, the British Science Association, the British Neuroscience Association, the European Space Agency, Kew Gardens, the Nordic Council of Ministers, NESTA, the Imperial War Museum, the Institute of Physics, Lego, Microsoft, the UK Energy Research Centre, Cape Farewell, many universities and European science festivals, various national governments and several research councils.
Quentin’s “major contribution to the public understanding of science & engineering” has been formally recognised in the last couple of years with honorary doctorates from Edinburgh University and Heriot-Watt University, as well as by being made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His first degree is also from Edinburgh University where he studied Artificial Intelligence and Psychology, and he went on to get a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism Studies from University College Cardiff. He has a bronze medal from the Commonwealth Games, but only because he was media manager for the boxing. He was also briefly one half of a click-boxing duo with Oscar-, Grammy- & MTV-award winner Ryuichi Sakamoto.