Mr Karl Byrne

BSc (Hons)

Professional Services
Public Engagement Manager


Keppel Street
United Kingdom


Karl is the Public Engagement Manager at LSHTM. He is an award winning science communicator, originally from Co. Down, Northern Ireland.  Karl graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Virology in 2002. He then worked in labs in Edinburgh and Belfast for the next 6 years on a range of viruses including HIV, Hepatitis C, and the MMR vaccine. 

He has been actively involved in science communication and public engagement since 2000. His previous roles include Christmas Lectures Manager at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, where he produced Professor Saiful Islam’s 2016 lectures tv series; Senior Programme Coordinator at Cheltenham Science Festival; Informal Learning Officer at At-Bristol Science Centre and Science & Interpretation Officer at Glasgow Science Centre.

Karl has written and performed science shows for schools, festivals and science events around the world. He has designed public experiments and science exhibitions, and has consulted on a wide range of public engagement and science communication activities. He also lectures on public engagement, and has trained scientists and public engagement professionals to be better communicators in over 15 countries, on 4 continents. 

In his spare time, Karl is an avid fan of cinema and has written and presented numerous shows looking at the science behind science fiction, as well as the “Science Friction” podcast.


Communications & Engagement
Professional Support Services


Karl is a guest lecturer at the University of Cambridge and the University of Derby, where he lectures on "Science Communication and the Media", and "Public Engagement and Exhibition Design" respectively. 

Selected Publications

Cognitive empathy across the lifespan
Dorris L; Young D; Byrne K; Hoyle R
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
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