Ginny Smith

Ginny Smith was made a patron of Humanists UK for their contribution to the greater public understanding of science.

Science writer and presenter

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A science writer and presenter with expertise in psychology and neuroscience, Ginny has a talent for making the complex comprehensible and a passion for brain science. She has co-written five highly illustrated books for DK publishing, including How the Brain Works and 1,000 Amazing Human Body Facts, and has had articles featured in publications from BBC Science Focus to The Telegraph. Her latest book for adults; Overloaded; How every aspect of your life is influenced by your brain chemicals, published by Bloomsbury was chosen as one of the ‘Books to read in 2021’ by New Scientist magazine.

Ginny founded Braintastic! Science, which produces spectacular science shows and resources to help young people understand and get the best out of their brains. She is regularly found on stage at schools, festivals, and events, and relishes answering kids' questions about the brain, from why we dream, to whether doctors could ever do a brain transplant.

She also teaches at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, is a regular blogger and video presenter for the Cosmic Shambles Network, and hosts the British Psychological Society’s Psych Crunch Podcast.