What is Science Showoff?!?

What is Science Showoff?

It’s a chaotic open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science.

When and where does it happen?

At least once a month in London, and also all over the country, especially Bristol, usually starting at 7pm. The first gig was on October 4th, 2011.

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. They might:

Show a film they just made
Try out a new demo
Practice a new science comedy set
Tell us about their new discovery
Perform an 9-minute play about science
Play their new song about protons
Tell us what they’ve been up to
Predict the future
Give us a taster of their science-themed Edinburgh show
Read us their 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 closing time.

Is there money involved?

No-one gets paid. We sell tickets and all proceeds go to a charity, chosen for that month’s gig. In our first year we raised £5000 for a collection of charities. In our second year (Sept 2012-Aug 2013) we raised £12 000. Year three (Sept 2013-Aug 2014) we raised £15 000.

I want you to come to my town / organise a gig with my conference

Brilliant. We’d love to. We’ve gigged at the British Science Festival, Manchester Science Festival, The Green Man Festival, the Cardiff Science Festival, with the British Science Association Science Communication Conference, SpotOn London, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Epic Encounters Season and loads more!

We’ll need you to find someone who will pay for our trainfares and hotels, though. Email us to find out more.

Sometimes you post ‘SIGNUP TO PERFORM’. How does that work?

For these gigs we publish an online sign-up sheet. The first 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 a few slots for invited guests.

Have you won any awards?

Yes

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Science Showoff – Weds 5 July – Star of Kings

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Joining your host Steve Cross in the Star of Kings basement for the last London Science Showoff before we head off to Jodrell Bank (lol) for Blue Dot, are:

Violet Kovacheva – talking about the challenges of being a mathematician (and not sure if she can still call herself that) in the world of cancer research

Emma Osborne – Prepare to have your mind warped by astrophysicist Emma Osborne’s light speed facts that unveil the power of the universe

Sadie Jones – she of the Astrobiological Sword: The story of Sadie’s PhD research into a single messed-up supermassive black hole and how her efforts to understand it morphed her into the fully fledged astro warrior she is today

Matt Bancroft – Matt is a PhD student at UCL, trying to figure out how and why people fall over. He’ll be talking about graphs and hoping that his jokes don’t fall flat.

Kieran Brophy – Kieran is a climate physics PhD student looking for the sort of love and affirmation from strangers that his supervisor will never give. His research is backed by an unlikely troika of the Chinese, mainstream media, and the frantic Morse blinks of Melania Trump

Renae Crossing – Renae has wanted every kind of job at one stage (ballerina, artist, graphic designer, architect…) and here she is as a science teacher! A lover of all things creative and of presenting science research as such, she’ll be sharing stories about physics, females and flesh-eating bacteria

Bahijja Raimi-Abraham – Get ready to learn all about the fascinating art of making medicines by pharmacist and lecturer Bahijja, who will be talking about how she plans to use her experience as a pharmacist to develop suitable medicines for all.

Plus more from and Yolanda Ohene.

Tickets – £6.60 in advance or £8 cash on the night

The Star of Kings, York Way, London. Doors 7pm for a 7.30 start.

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