Most of us are funded by the taxpayers, so the least we can do is tell them why using their money is important. I have been involved in the following outreach events:
- Telescope Evenings: Schools often visit us in the evenings and through activities we organize the pupils get a glimpse of what astronomy is all about. We also visit the observatory and look at some featured night sky objects. At the same time, we answer all astronomy-related questions students may have.
- Stargazing Live: Once a year Oxford Astrophysics organizes a family-targeted event where children (and their parents) can learn about physics through hands-on activities, talks, and discussions.
- Astrophysics Olympiad: This is co-organized by the University of Oxford. I grade papers from high school students at a national level, participate in team selection for the international olympiad (IOAA), and am heavily involved in the teaching and training of the students in the British team. In 2019 and 2020 I was an observer and team-leader of the team in the international competition. Traditionally, the UK scores well above the average, and students return back home with many medals.