Described by the Times as both “the world’s most enthusiastic man” and “an expert on everything from pop music to astrophysics” and by the Daily Mail as someone whose “wit and enthusiasm can enliven the dullest of topics”, Quentin hosts a diverse range of events in Britain and beyond as well as appearing regularly on radio, TV and in print.
He’s one of the most familiar and popular voices of science in the UK, writing and presenting many hundreds of programmes including for over a decade fronting Britain’s most listened to science show, the live weekly Material World on BBC Radio 4 – hailed as “quite the best thing on radio” by Bill Bryson, “a splendid listen” by Nature and “the most accessible, funny and conversational science programme on radio” by the Radio Times. He’s also both the regular host and Masterclass tutor for the UK and International finals of FameLab, “the world’s leading science communication competition” according to BBC World Service, and “the best time we’ve had in months” according to Nobel prize winning co-discoverer of DNA James Watson after the 2013 finals. Quentin also writes a regular column for BBC Worldwide linking science and fiction, hosted the monthly ‘The Thing Is’ events at the Wellcome Collection in London, and has presented, produced and been a regular contributor to countless other science, technology, arts and entertainment programmes across BBC radio and television, Channel 4, the Discovery Channel, ITV and other channels. In his – limited – spare time still manages to be a film critic on BBC World, Radio 2 and elsewhere.
Quentin is much in demand to host conferences, chair panels, facilitate debates, conduct interviews, give talks, MC events, sit on advisory boards and run science communication and media skills workshops. These include the Time Higher award-winning Knowledge Transfer conferences at Heriot-Watt and St Andrews Universities, and the CIB Scotland award-winning real-forensics-meets-crime-fiction show Murder Mystery & Microscopes. Among organisations he’s worked for regularly and recently are the Royal Society, the European Commission, the British Council, CERN, the Royal Society of Chemistry, BBC Training, the British Science Association, the British Neuroscience Association, the European Space Agency, Kew Gardens, the Nordic Council of Ministers, NESTA, the Imperial War Museum, the Institute of Physics, Lego, Microsoft, the Institution of Engineering & Technology, the UK Energy Research Centre, many universities and European science festivals, various national governments and several research councils.
Quentin has a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism Studies from University College Cardiff, and before that studied Artificial Intelligence and Psychology at Edinburgh University – who in 2013 awarded him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his “major contribution to the public understanding of science and engineering”. He was also given an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from Heriot-Watt University and in 2012 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has a Commonwealth Games bronze medal, but only because he was the media manager for the boxing.