Public outreach and media work
I am highly committed to the public understanding of science, and give a large number of public talks on astronomy, planetary science, astrobiology and space exploration.
I regard inspiring schoolchildren with the wonders of the universe as particularly important, both as an integral part of science education and because I think important social and political consequences follow from it. For this reason under the auspices of the The Association for Astronomy Education, some years ago I compiled a list of professional astronomers who are prepared to give school talks (the list is now hosted by the Royal Astronomical Society). I have outlined the rationale behind this initiative in 'Wanderers in space: the case for peripatetic astronomy teachers' (1991) Astronomy Now 5(10): 54.
I was President of the Society for Popular Astronomy for 2006-8.
On Friday 1 January 2016, I was a guest on the BBC World Service programme How to Survive in Space talking about the future of space exploration.
On 16 October 2015, I gave TV interviews for the BBC News Channel and BBC World News, and a radio interview for the BBC World Service, on the topic European plans for future lunar exploration.
On 25 June 2015, I was a guest on the BBC Radio 4 programme In Our Time to discuss extremophiles and astrobiology.
On 29 May 2015, I was a guest on the US national radio programme The Space Show to talk about lunar resources.
I was interviewed by BBC Science Correspondent, Pallab Ghosh [December 8, 2014], about the scientific case behind Lunar Mission One. In particular, Professor Crawford explained why the Moon’s south pole should be the focus of exploration and why it could be a good location for a permanent human base.
Why we should mine the moon [December 2014]