Karl Byrne

Favourite Thing: Exploring the unknown!



University of Edinburgh 1998-2002


BSc (hons) Virology

Work History:

Cheltenham Science Festival; At-Bristol Science Centre; Glasgow Science Centre; Queens University, Belfast; University of Edinburgh

Current Job:



Royal Institution of Great Britain

About Me

An award winning Science Communicator, recovering Virologist and current CHRISTMAS LECTURES Manager

My Work

Organising and managing the Ri CHRISTMAS LECTURES

My Typical Day

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Geeky, passionate, sciencephile

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Pink Floyd

What's your favourite food?

Dark chocolate! (Or homemade spaghetti carbonara, if I’m having proper food!)

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Getting to visit the ALICE collider at CERN a couple of years ago was awesome!!

What did you want to be after you left school?

A scientist (either looking up a telescope or down a microscope)

Were you ever in trouble at school?

No, I was a very good boy!

What was your favourite subject at school?


My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

From this year: Watching the video of the Rube Goldberg Machine (knowing what I know about how long it took to make it work properly!!)

Tell us a joke.

Helium walks into a bar. The bar man shouts “Get out! We don’t serve Nobel Gases here!” Helium doesn’t react. :-D

Other stuff

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