I am a science communicator.  Please click on the organisations/publications in the menu above to see examples of my work.

I have been working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in a variety of roles since 2012.  I currently lead the communications activities for CERN openlab, a partnership the Organization runs with ICT companies to accelerate innovation.  At CERN, I formerly held the roles of editor-in-chief for International Science Grid This Week (iSGTW) and European editor for The Science Node.  In addition, I served as a work package leader in the EC-funded e-Science Talk project.

As well as having worked as a freelance science journalist for a variety of publications, I have also previously worked as online producer for New Scientist.


Please feel free to contact me using LinkedIn or via email at mail@andrew-purcell.com (EN, DE, FR).

Latest news

July 2020

I led the team organising this year’s edition of CERN’s major ‘Webfest’ hackathon. Due to the pandemic, we ran the event completely online for the first time ever. It was a great success: over 400 people signed up for the event from 75 countries across the globe. Read about the winning projects and watch the final awards ceremony.

April 2020

In my role as Chief Communications Officer, I have coordinated the publication of reports on the activities of CERN openlab’s  R&D projects. The reports cover all work carried out in 2019 and can be read on the CERN openlab website.

October 2019

I recently had the pleasure of guiding visitors during the 2019 CERN Open Days, which saw 75,000 people come to the laboratory.  I was pleased to give tours of the CERN Data Centre, talk about the birth of the web at CERN, and give short presentations about CERN openlab.  My slides about CERN openlab’s work are available here: FR/EN.