SCIENCE SHOWOFF goes down under. March 21st 2013, Adelaide.


Fancy showing off some science?

Science Showoff is an open-mic event event, where anyone can communicate any form of science in any way. We host performances from scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science.

We’ve run events at least once a month in the UK since October 2011, and have had some huge successes, including our #massiveshowoff gig last week that 368 people came to.

And now we’re coming to Adelaide (with the help of UCL Australia and the lovely Cobi Smith), so we’re looking for Australian performers with some science to share. We’ll be in town on March 21st, at La Boheme in Adelaide. That’s here:

You could

Show a film you just made
Try out a new demo
Practice a new science comedy set
Tell us about your new discovery
Perform an 9-minute play about science
Play your new song about protons
Tell us what you’ve been up to
Predict the future
Give us a taster of you science-themed Melbourne Festival show
Read us your latest science poem
Try out a bit of a new science lesson on us
Play us a short radio documentary
Experiment on the crowd
Read us a blogpost
Perform an interpretive dance about science

Or anything else…

Every set lasts 9 minutes or less. There’s a 20 minute intermission and we finish by 10pm, to give us an hour of picking each other’s brains over beer and to form new plans and partnerships before clocking-off time.

In order to find acts we publish an online sign-up sheet. The first 7 people to sign up are guaranteed slots of up to 9 minutes on the night to do whatever they like as long as it has a science flavour. The organisers hold three slots for invited guests. There are two ‘reserve slots’ available on the online booking sheet in case one of the first 7 backs out, gets sick or is otherwise ruled out.

What happens on the night?

We start at 7.30, with an introduction from compere Steve Cross, and the night runs in two halves, each an hour long. The signed-up performers take to the stage to show off their science for 9 minutes each.

No-one gets paid. There is a collection bucket on the door, and we strongly encourage a donation of 5 or 10 dollars from everyone who comes along (audience and performers alike). All proceeds go to a charity, chosen specially for this gig.

“So where do I sign up?” I hear you all cry. Here:

See you on the 21st March!

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