Need a speaker for your organisation?
Public Speakers For Hire
The Hampshire Astronomical Group has amongst its members, a number of skilled speakers who are willing to make themselves available for booking for your event or organisation. You will find a short CV and list of topics they are willing to cover in their talk/presentation as well as the distance they are willing to travel to provide their talk.
Steve Broadbent BSc FRAS
Chairman of Hampshire Astronomical Group.
Member of the BAA and elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2014.
Retired from the University of Portsmouth. Initially a chemist, undertook research into reaction mechanisms. Ran a spectroscopy laboratory and lectured in computational chemistry and programming. Latterly moved into computer systems management.
Offers mentorship to final year BSc Students from the University of Portsmouth whilst they are undertaking final year projects related to astronomy or the equipment at the Clanfield Observatory. Member of the observatory instrument team and also the training team which offers training on the use of all the telescope facilities at the observatory.
Gives regular talks to the Hampshire Astronomical Group including "Constellation of the Month" as well as talks on specific interest areas such as astronomical spectroscopy and individual astronomical observatories. Gives frequent talks at observatory public open evenings.
An example of some of the talks that can be given. All talks are aimed at the general popular introductory level. More technical talks can be provided upon request.
Topics covered / Talks available:
- Clanfield Observatory - Our Telescopes and What We Do
- The Night Sky Today (using Stellarium planetarium software)
- The Life and Death of Stars
- Astronomical Spectroscopy
- The most unusual stars : Wolf-Rayet stars
- Planetary Nebulae - Jewels of the Night Sky
- "The Colour of Light" - and how astronomers use it
- The Constellations (or one of your choice)
- Telescopes large and small, Types, Examples and Comparison
- The VLT (Very Large Telescope) array in Chile
- Galaxies: Types and how to observe them
- If any organisation wants anything different from the above list, please ask.
Max travel distance: 100 miles from Portsmouth
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Elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2010. Vice-President of the National Federation of Astronomical Societies.
Graham is retired from the NHS, throughout his career he lectured to Student Nurses and Social Workers. He produced many specialised courses for Nurses, Pharmacists, Hospital Doctors , GPs and other health professionals during his NHS career.
Has been involved in astronomy for over 50 years.
Graham has offered mentorship to final year BSc Mathematics Students from the University of Portsmouth whilst they are undertaking their final year astronomy project at the Clanfield Observatory. Was given an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Portsmouth in recognition of the decades of collaboration between the University and the Hampshire Astronomical Group.
Also teaches on the astronomy courses at the Clanfield Observatory, Gilbert White Outdoor Activity Centre and offers one-off sessions to Scouts/Guides/Cubs/Brownies as well as many adult interest groups at the observatory.
Is a Trustee and part time planetarium show presenter at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester.
Over the last several years has been the ship astronomer and aurora guide on a number of tours and voyages to Iceland and arctic Norway.
Frequently visits and gives talks to interest groups such as General Public meetings, other astronomical societies, U3A, Probus, Stroke Association, Rotary, after dinner talks and talks to many other local community groups.
Examples of some of the talks that can be given are listed below. All talks are aimed at the general popular introductory level. More technical talks can be provided upon request.
For a two part biopic on Graham's journey through astronomy click
Topics covered / Talks available:
The 21st Century Amateur - What do Amateur Astronomers Do?
The Sun - Giver of Life
- The Moon - Our Nearest Neighbour
University and Amateur Astronomy Collaboration
Space Vehicles - Getting Around on the Moon and Mars
Pluto: from Myth to Discovery and the New Horizons Spacecraft
The Aurora Borealis
Astronomical events that have effected Human History - from art, history to warfare.
Debunking the Apollo Hoax Conspiricists
The Hubble Space Telescope - One month to save the telescope
- The importance to Humanity of the 1769 Transit of Venus
- Apollo, Humanity's greatest voyage
If any organisation requests anything different from the above list, this can be provided.
Contact telephone: 02392 241764 or 07585 641741
Max travel distance: 100 miles from Portsmouth area
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org