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June 2023

The publication date for my latest book has now been announced. Communicating Science Clearly: A Self-Help Guide For Students and Researchers will be published by CRC Press on November 15th 2023. Read more about the book on the publisher’s website.

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April 2023

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Laser processing in automotive manufacturing

published on the Laser Systems Europe website in April 2023.

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February 2023

Graphic of microphone with text:The Future of Nuclear Fusion A Discussion With Sharon Ann Holgate' Feb 4 2023, To Listen Follow this Link: newbooksnetwork.com/nuclear-fusion

I was delighted to be asked to appear on 4th February’s episode of the podcast The Future of…With Owen Bennett-Jones on the New Books Network.

We discussed the science and geopolitics of fusion, as well as some of the historical fusion machines from the 1950s.

Owen and I also spoke about the recent fusion breakthrough at the National Ignition Facility in the United States, and its implications. This was the first time in a laboratory setting that more energy had come out of a fusion reaction than was put in.

You can hear the episode by following this link: newbooksnetwork.com/nuclear-fusion

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January 2023

I was delighted to be asked to appear on January 18th’s episode of The Bunker ‘news and politics unlocked’ podcast.

As you can hear via the link below, the presenter Andrew Harrison and I discuss the recent fusion breakthrough at the National Ignition Facility in the United States.

We also talk about how close we might be to boiling the kettle for our tea via fusion power feeding into the electricity grid.

This link reveals all the different ways you can listen to the show: kite.link/BNKR1701FUSION

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December 2022

My book review To infinity and beyond which discusses Antonio Padilla’s Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them appeared in the December 9th issue of The Times Literary Supplement and was also published online on December 8, 2022.

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Autumn 2022

Guest Lecturer on a Science Writing and Communication Module for physics students at King’s College London, 2022.

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November 2022

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Growth areas for femtosecond lasers in medical device manufacturing

published on the Laser Systems Europe website on November 22, 2022.

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October 2022

I am delighted and honoured to be the 2022 recipient of the William Thomson, Lord Kelvin Medal and Prize for public engagement in physics. This has been awarded to me by the UK’s Institute of Physics ‘for work in communicating science to a wide variety of audiences and for positive representations of scientists from non-traditional backgrounds’.

Sharon Ann holding the Lord Kelvin medal
Photo: Sharon Ann Holgate

You can read the full citation for the award on the IOP website here.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the kind people who have helped and supported me with my various projects over the years.

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20 September 2022

Appearing on The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry on BBC Radio 4 talking about fusion energy in Episode 6 Series 20 The Puzzle of the Plasma Doughnut alongside Dr Melanie Windridge and Dr Arthur Turrell. To hear the programme please click on the link.

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1 September 2022

Front cover of Nuclear Fusion book
Courtesy of Icon Books

My first solo popular science book Nuclear Fusion: The Race to Build a Mini-Sun on Earth was published by Icon Books on September 1st 2022. Read more about the book on the publisher’s website. Buy a copy on Amazon US or Amazon UK.