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Roger Highfield

Roger Highfield is the Science Director at the Science Museum Group, a member of the UK's Medical Research Council and a visiting professor at the Dunn School, University of Oxford, and Department of Chemistry, UCL. He studied Chemistry at the University of Oxford and was the first person to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. Roger was the Science Editor of The Daily Telegraph for two decades, and the Editor of New Scientist between 2008 and 2011. He has written or co-authored eight popular science books, and had thousands of articles published in newspapers and magazines.

Sir David Attenborough at the National Media Museum in Bradford

Sir David Attenborough has been on television for seven decades. Roger Highfield, Science Director, talks to the world’s most respected wildlife broadcaster about the huge changes he has witnessed since he started out with the BBC, and what to expect next.

'Renewable Energy', by Phillip Fooks, 1995. from the Science Museum Group Collection

As the costs of fossil energy have skyrocketed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, some have claimed that going green is too expensive. Roger Highfield, Science Director, reports on an recently published study from Oxford University that suggests a fast transition to clean energy will cost less than a slow or no transition.

Image of James Lovelock

Today marks the 103rd birthday of the independent scientist-inventor, James Lovelock. Roger Highfield, Science Director, reflects on how his Gaia theory seems more relevant than ever in this era of rapid climate change.

Launch of the SpaceX rocket for Axiom Mission 1. Credit: SpaceX

Roger Highfield, Science Director, discusses a new study that suggests the soot released by space tourism could have a bigger impact on the climate than the soot from aviation.

Trillions of dollars in assets have joined forces to steer the global economy towards net-zero carbon emissions. Our Science Director, Roger Highfield, talks about the power of big finance to curb climate change with Adam Matthews, Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), which tracks corporate decarbonisation.

Launch of the SpaceX rocket for Axiom Mission 1. Credit: SpaceX

The splashdown of a space tourism mission yesterday marks the end of a new experiment to help astronauts grow their own food. Roger Highfield, Science Director, discusses how growing meat in microgravity could pave the way for a more efficient alternative to farming back on Earth.