Emma J King

Science in Schools Presenter

  • Emma J King


Emma is one of the enthusiastic presenters who deliver our exciting and innovative Science in Schools shows.



Emma was born and grew up in Surrey, did an MPhys in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Sussex and a PhD in Cosmology at the University of Nottingham. She has always thoroughly enjoyed acting and performing, and alongside her science studies she also took LAMDA exams, an A-level in Theatre Studies, and too part in a great deal of amateur dramatics.

After her PhD she spent several years running her own science communication business, delivering lectures, shows and workshops across the UK and beyond, which allowed her to combine her love of science with her love of being on stage.  

However, science and showmanship have always been her first loves and she returned to science communication work in 2015. She is extremely excited to be working with the Ri, and thoroughly enjoys travelling the country delivering shows, as well as working on several of her own projects.

Scientific inspiration

My love of science very much comes from my love of science fiction – as a child I adored Dr Who, Star Wars and Star trek, and my favourite book was the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy. I still enjoy both watching and reading SF and am constantly amazed at the way that science and technology improve and enhance our lives.

Favourite demo

I'm fond of anything that explodes, or involves fire. Probably my favourite is making fire tornadoes, because vortexes are cool and fire vortexes are also incredibly pretty.

Best thing about the Ri

The people – everyone is fun, friendly, and most of all passionate about science and science communication, making it a great team to be part of. It's also incredibly exciting to be part of an institution with such an amazing history, and getting to stand in the actual laboratory in which Michael Faraday made some of his most famous discoveries was one of the most exciting things I've ever done!