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.

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SCIENCE SHOWOFF BRISTOL 13 – October 15th, Hatchet Inn


Ah, Bristol. Greatest and most beloved city of the South-West. At least until 30th October. Did you know that you are stuffed full of science people with amazing ideas to share? You did? Brilliant. We have a gig that will make you so so happy.

Join us for your thirteenth helping of chaotic science comedy from the phenomenom that’s sweeping the UK; Science Showoff.

Tonight the following people will storm the stage and stuff it full of know-how and giggles:

Steve Cross – Science Showoff creator, comedian, nerd and superhero with no superpowers.

Neil Jerome – The world, if not the government and large corporations, obeys laws. some of these are special science laws, and are named after the people who invented them from science, and some are just stupid. but they all tell us about the world; i will be presenting seven (mostly) scientific laws you may not have heard of, and arguing there is one law that science is long overdue in making.

Dee Toher – I’m an applied statistician working as a lecturer in UWE (University of the West of England, Bristol).  I’ll be talking about why an over reliance on p-values is harming science (with a bit of explanation about what p-values actually are).

JV Chamary – 10 animals you’ll find on Tinder.

Scary Boots – Scary Boots will be attempting to explain semiconductor physics through the use of juggling and innuendo. She is a PhD student at the University of Bristol, but no longer works with semiconductors. It will become evident why.

Jack Heal – I plan to talk about the human genome project, why it was a big deal and what’s changed since it was completed.

Will Davies – In this busy modern world, finding romance can take time, trolls, and tinder-itis. Here’s a few simple scientific steps to spare your carpal tunnel, and sail you down the tunnel of love. No promises.

Jen Garrett – A vision of a really wild future predicted by the past.

Luke Prince – Basically I wanted to talk about the scientific journey to the mathematical description of the action potential that won the Nobel prize in 1952.

We’ll be at the Hatchet Inn, upstairs through the back door (that’s here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatchet_Inn,_Bristol). The doors open at 7pm and the gig starts at 7.30. Tickets are available in advance for £6 (plus 60p booking fee) from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/333033 or will be available on the door for £8. All proceeds to Bristol Refugee Rights

Over 18s only.

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