Alok Jha

Alok Jha science broadcaster speaker at Great British Speakers

ITN science correspondent Alok Jha was formerly the science correspondent at the Guardian and a BBC TV and radio presenter.

Alok presented the award-winning Science Weekly podcast and produced science videos for the Guardian’s educational website. He has also appeared on Dara O Briain’s Science Club (BBC2) and hosted the World Service documentaries on BBC Radio 4.

Alok also hosted a live science podcast at the Royal Institution, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum in London. In 2012, his podcast Science Weekly won the Sony Gold award for best internet programme. It’s the Guardian’s second most downloaded podcast.

Alok has reported on some of the most groundbreaking international science headlines and has interviewed hundreds of the world's leading experts in the field, including Richard Dawkins, Brian Greene, David Nutt, Rebecca Skloot, Steven Pinker, E.O Wilson, Ian McEwan, Dava Sobel, Andre Geim, Susie Orbach, John Sulston, Paul Nurse and David Eagleman.

He has floated aboard a zero-gravity flight with the European Space Agency, had his genes sequenced, been a scientific guinea-pig to test the effects of the Atkins diet, learned how to Lindy-Hop, hung out with daredevil botanists in the mountains of Lebanon, and reported from location in Cape Canaveral as the space shuttle took off on its final mission.

In 2008, Alok was named ‘European Science Writer of the Year’ and was shortlisted for ‘feature writer of the year’ by the Association 
for British Science Writers.

He is the author of three books The Water Book, The Doomsday Handbook: 50 Ways to the End of the World and How To Live Forever And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses for 
Science.

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