In this episode, STEMpunk Shane Hengst interviews Dr James O'Hanlon, Postdoctoral fellow at Macquarie University.

We talked about James' research, his work his interest in science communication and STEM. A great chat, I'm sure you'll agree. I really hope you enjoy this episode and also thank you so much to James for his time!

James is on twitter @jamohanlon, and he has his own podcast called Insitu Science. You might recognise his latest guest!

James’ Homepage:

After James answered Professor Schmidt's question about girls in computer science so well, we asked James to ask a question for our next guest, This is his question:

"How would you justify sheer exploration, the intellectual equivalent to sailing into unchartered waters, to friends, family, funding bodies and universities?"

Here are some videos that James mentioned in the interview, enjoy!

Don't forget our Live STEMquiz show at Wayward Breweries on August 16 from 6:30-8pm.

STEMpunk will be hosting a FREE live event at Wayward Breweries in Annandale on Tuesday August 16 for the Sydney Science Festival called STEMquiz. This is very exciting!

STEMquiz is a live recording of STEMpunk podcast. This episode of STEMpunk podcast is a mix of Science, variety, quiz, experiments and guests. Think Spicks&Specks Vs Rockwiz, but with more science!

The quiz show will have a host and 2 teams comprising of a team captain, a science celebrity and an audience member. The audience member will be chosen based on the answer to a science question, and our celebrities will be interviewed during the show.

There will be 4 rounds (S, T, E & M) where we ask STEM type questions as well as live demonstrations and activities. The event will be held at Wayward Brewery in Camperdown.

Send us an email at, or contact us on twitter: @STEMpunk3 

Outro Music: STARSET -Let It Die. Used with permission.