Events

I am an experienced public speaker and have won multiple awards for my work in science and science communication, including winning a gold medal for excellence in science at the Set For Britain 2015 event held at the Houses of Parliament, London.

A selection of my public engagement events.
A selection of my public engagement events.

Whether it is working with schools, speaking at specialist societies or giving keynote lectures, I have delivered hundreds of public (and private) outreach events. I enjoy nothing more than sharing my passion for palaeontology with people of all ages, from children to learned academics.

Some of my keynote lectures include speaking at the CENTA Festival of Science, announcing the discovery of a new British dinosaur (Dracoraptor) at the National Museum of Wales, and delivering a talk to Junior Chamber International (JCI) about overcoming adversity. I have also lectured to audiences at the The Royal Institution of Great Britain Faraday Theatre and at the Cheltenham Science Festival. At the latter, one member of the public stated: “That was the best lecture of the festival!” So, I must be doing something right 🦖.

In addition to my public speaking gigs, I consult for TV and Radio programmes as an expert and presenter. My scientific research is also often covered by the international media. For more, see the media page.

In 2019, together with fellow palaeontologist Jason Sherburn, we launched the palaeontology podcast, ‘On the FOSSIL Record’.

Please do drop me a line if you’re interested in arranging an event, be it a lecture, panel discussion, corporate event, to hunt dinosaurs together (or other fossils), for TV and Radio and so on.


  • Dinosaurs of the British Isles Public lecture for Birmingham Museums – Dippy on Tour exhibition (click for ticket info'). Details: Thursday 23 August (6.00-7.00 pm), 2018. The talk will be held under the tail of Dippy(!) in Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham. B3 3D.

  • Plesiosaurs: Up Close & Personal Public lecture for The Geological Society – North West Regional Group (SOLD OUT). Details: Sunday 14 October (1.15 pm), 2018. The talk will be held at Manchester Museum.

  • Ichthyosaurs: Up Close & Personal Public lecture for the Lapworth Museum of Geology – 'Jurassic Marine Monsters' - Family Fun Day (free event). Wednesday 20 February (11.30 am), 2019. The talk will be held at Lapworth Museum of Geology - Earth Sciences Building (R4 on campus map).

  • Incredible Ichthyosaurs - A Decade Studying Jurassic 'Sea Dragons' Public lecture for the – East Midlands Geological Society. Details: Saturday 9 March (6.00-7.00 pm), 2019. The talk will be held in the Clive Granger Building on the University Highfields Campus, University of Nottingham.



  • First News & VUE Cinemas, London, VUE Cinemas. Special public talk in conjunction with the release of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom: Adventures of a Palaeontologist (200 attnd, June, 2018).

  • The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, Faraday Theatre. Special guest lecture: Jurassic Britain: rediscovering dinosaurs & ichthyosaurs (180 attnd, Feb, 2018).

  • Abingdon Science Partnership (ASP) in collaboration with the ATOM Society, Oxfordshire. Annual Christmas Lecture: Dinosaurs and Ichthyosaurs of Britain! (200 attnd, Dec, 2017).

  • Western Interior Paleontological Society. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Special guest lecture: Adventures in Palaeontology: British Jurassic Ichthyosaurs & co. (100 attnd, Sept, 2017).

  • Bournemouth University. Keynote lecture: 'Thinking with Dinosaurs: British Dinosaurs'. (70 attnd, July, 2017).

  • The Royal Society - Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery. Public lecture as part of an event funded by The Royal Society, as part of the 'Local Science Heroes' exhibition, honouring Dean Lomax as a Science Hero. (120 attnd, July, 2017).

  • Cheltenham Science Festival. Public lecture: Jurassic Britain. (130 attnd, June, 2017).

  • Geologists' Association. Guest lecture at The Geological Society, Burlington House, London: The incredible Ichthyosaurus: A reassessment of a British Jurassic icon. (70 attnd, June, 2017).

  • Countryfile. On-screen expert for Countryfile, 'Tales from the riverbank: Severn relics'. Dean joined up with Ellie Harrison to hunt for fossils on the banks of the River Severn (May, 2017).

  • Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. Public lecture: Dinosaurs and Ichthyosaurs of Britain. (120 attnd, April, 2017).

  • The British Pteridological Society (for fern lovers!). Public lecture: Fossils of the Whitby Coast. (60 attnd, April, 2017)

  • The University of Keele. Keynote speaker for annual GeoSoc Winter Ball: Awakening the Sea Dragons: Rediscovering Ichthyosaurs. (170 attnd, Feb, 2017).

  • Thomas Hardye School. Public lecture for the renowned Thomas Hardye Lecture Series: Discovering Dinosaurs in Britain!. (450 attnd, Feb, 2017).

  • Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team. Special lecture/workshop for the #BigJurassicClassroom event (introducing teachers to palaeontology): What did the ichthyosaur eat?. (15 attnd, Feb, 2017).

  • Junior Chamber International (JCI). Keynote lecture for JCI Launchpad: Adventures of a Palaeontologist: Making Dreams Reality. (100 attnd, Jan, 2017)

  • Manchester Geological Association. Guest lecture for special event series: Recent Discoveries in British Palaeontology. A series of x4 talks from various experts. The incredible Ichthyosaurus: a reassessment of a British Jurassic icon (approx. 75 people, Dec, 2016).

  • CENTA Festival of Science at the University of Leicester. Keynote Lecture: Communicating Science – Palaeontology and the Public. (120 attnd, Sept, 2016).

  • Dragonfly Group Ltd at the Great Little Trading Co. London Special guest for the launch of the What's so special about dinosaurs...? series of childrens dinosaur books (approx. 70 attnd, Sept, 2016).

  • Exmouth County Council (part of the Jurassic Coast, World Heritage community). Special Guest Lecture & Q&A Event for the Dinosaur Trail - Jurassic Safari launch. Public lecture and Q&A. Dinosaurs, Sea Dragons & More: Superstars of the Jurassic Coast (approx. 2000 people, Aug, 2016).

  • Hull Geological Society, the University of Hull. Public lecture: British Dinosaurs: A Story Untold (approx. 65 attnd, Feb, 2016).

  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park Education Department. Recurring guest speaker: A short introduction to palaeontology – Dinosaurs & Evolution. An award winning day for year 6 students studying ‘evolution and inheritance’ (most recent: Feb, 2016).

  • Doncaster Dome Leisure Centre. Dino Day event (approx. 2,500 attnd). A two-day, public event discussing palaeontology, dinosaurs and handling real fossils (Oct, 2015).

  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park. x2 Public lecture: Dinosaurs of Britain (approx. 160 attnd, Oct, 2015).

  • Orlando Science Center, Florida, USA. Impromptu guest speech regarding dinosaurs (Sept, 2015).

  • UKAFH (United Kingdom Amateur Fossil Hunters). Trip leader for a fossil hunt to Saltwick Bay, Whitby (approx. 40 attnd, Aug, 2015).

  • National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Guest speech (250+ attnd) for the unveiling of a new Welsh theropod dinosaur (June, 2015).

  • Horncastle Community Primary School. An introduction to palaeontology (approx. 70 children). An interactive talk looking at the basics of palaeontology & how to follow your dreams (April, 2015).

  • Oxfordshire Science Festival at The Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford. Public lecture (150+ attnd, March, 2015).

  • CBBC Newsround. Live guest appearance discussing the new ichthyosaur species, Ichthyosaurus anningae (Feb, 2015).

  • Dinosaur Isle Museum, Isle of Wight. Guest of honour: book signing and public lecture (Nov, 2014).

  • Channel 4's Sunday Brunch Live! Guest appearance discussing palaeontology, British dinosaurs and the new book, Dinosaurs of the British Isles (Oct, 2014).

  • Manchester Geological Association, the University of Manchester. Guest lecture: Dinosaur Diversity in the British Isles (Oct, 2014).

  • Yorkshire Museum & Gardens Researcher's Night. Public event: book signing and fossil identification (Sept, 2014).

  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster. Public event: meet a real palaeontologist, handle multi-million year old fossils & check out the new dinosaur book! (Aug, 2014).

  • Oldham Geological Society - Doncaster Museum’s hidden palaeontological treasures. A tour of the palaeontology collection at Doncaster Museum (April, 2014).

  • The University of Bristol (Bristol Dinosaur Project). Public lecture: Dinosaur Diversity in the British Isles (Nov, 2013).

  • Doncaster Naturalist Association. Guest speaker: Fossils of the Whitby coast (Oct, 2013).

  • UKAFH (United Kingdom Amateur Fossil Hunters). Trip leader for fossil hunt to Saltwick Bay, Whitby (approx. 40 people, Oct, 2012).

  • Liverpool World Museum. Public lecture on extinct marine reptiles (Feb, 2012).

  • Young Archaeologists Club, Doncaster. Guest talk on palaeontology with a specific emphasis on dinosaurs (Sept, 2011).

  • Doncaster Talking Newspaper Society. Guest speaker for the blind. A talk explaining and describing how fossils feel, what they are made from and how the animals would have looked like in life (July, 2010).

  • Friends of Doncaster Museum. Six part education course. A lecture series regarding palaeontology, incorporating the history of the subject and discussion of fossils. This also included leading a fieldtrip to the Yorkshire coast (40+ people). Aimed at a general audience interested in fossils, palaeontology and the natural world (June–July, 2010).

  • Sackville school, East Grinstead, Sussex. Guest speaker: a) Achieving your dreams & aiming high: GCSE/A-level students; b) Hands on fossils: fossil handling with Year 7 students (Feb, 2010).