Ian Johnston

Staff Tutor

Dr Ian Johnston is an academic engineer and applied mathematician with a passion for taking science to the masses. He was scientific expert and Richard Hammond's aid on 'Battle of the Geeks' (BBC's 21st Century version of 'The Great Egg Race'), was academic consultant to "Electric Dreams" and has been academic consultant to "Bang Goes The Theory" since it started.

He toured with the "Bang Goes The Theory" Roadshow in 2010 and 2011, appearing on-stage with the show's presenters and on-pavement as the irrepressible Dr Megaphone (Stand Up and Shout about Science).

In 2011 he appeared with Johnny Ball and Adam Hart-Davis in a team of media scientists on "Celebrity Eggheads".

His official research is in superconductivity, in which he has gained his doctorate. However, he finds informal research just as entertaining and rewarding: his two most famous inventions are the world's most flippable drinks mat (the Aeromat, designed in 2003) and the Technotowel (2004), a bath towel which doesn't fall off when you answer the door to the vicar after a shower. Neither of these have made it into production yet, but he remains open to offers.

From November 2005 until June 2006 he was seconded to work as Director/CEO of the Active Training and Education Trust, an educational charity which runs residential holidays for children. In 2006 he founded the EcoWeek Trust, which runs green-themed residential holidays for children at and with the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and in the Peak District.

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