About me – Science writing, broadcasting and speaking

Kat 2015Email me: katarney@hotmail.com

Dr Kat Arney holds a degree in natural sciences and a PhD in developmental biology (with Professor Azim Surani) from Cambridge University, followed by a post-doc with Professor Mandy Fisher at Imperial College, London. (Her academic papers are listed here, if you’re really interested…)

Until March 2016, when she cast herself upon the freelance waves, Kat was a professional science communicator, media spokesperson, award-winning blogger, podcaster and general comms dogsbody for Cancer Research UK. She counts among her achievements saying the word “boobs” and discussing oral sex on the Today programme, the infamous “drink it down your face” interview, and likening part of the cell division machinery to something out of Star Wars.


Herding Hemingway's CatsKat is a writer, broadcaster and public speaker, appearing on the highly successful Naked Scientists for the past decade and producing & presenting the monthly Naked Genetics podcast, as well as co-presents the weekly national BBC Radio 5Live Science show.

Kat has written the well-received 5-star reviewed popular science book about genetics for Bloomsbury’s new Sigma imprint – called Herding Hemingway’s Cats  – published in January 2016, and is apparently a “rising star” according to their website. No pressure, then…

She is definitely not the female Brian Cox, despite what the internet says. Maybe more like the Nigella of science… She is also one of the “Top 10 Brits who make science sexy”, according to BBC America.
Kat headshot 2015Kat has presented several BBC Radio 4 documentaries – Fighting the Power of PinkWhatever Happened to the Chemistry Set and Mapping the Void – as well as programmes for the Radio 4 Costing the Earth series including WasteWatchers and A Toilet for the 21st Century. And she’s also appeared as a general pundit-type guest on the BBC World Service Weekend show, talking about subjects as diverse as the large hadron collider and hip-hop.

Dipping her toes into the world of TV, she presented a pilot for the TV documentary How to be Immortal here made with Big Baby Productions.  And she’s in the 2013 Royal Institution video advent calendar, along with lots of cake and a naked male model:

Kat has written for a wide range of outlets including the Times Educational Supplement, WiredBBC Online, The Guardian, New ScientistBPOD (the Biomedical Picture of the Day), AAAS Science’s Next Wave, LabLit and more. She was production consultant on the 2012 documentary “The Enemy Within – 50 years of fighting cancer”, presented by Vivienne Parry OBE, who is an absolute blast to work with.

Kat is an experienced and accomplished speaker, presenting science-based topics in an engaging and witty way. She’s spoken at events across the country for a wide range of audiences, from auditoriums of hundreds to handfuls of dinner guests, Science Festivals to Skeptics in the Pub.

Kat has also compered/hosted high-profile events including at the Royal Society, Dana Centre and NESTA’s FutureFest, and was a judge at the 2015 FameLab UK final.

If you’d like her to speak at or host your event, drop her an email – katarney@hotmail.com

The views expressed on this blog are entirely my own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employers, family or friends. And yes, I am Helen Arney’s sister – here’s her website.

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