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 BATH 2 – 4th December with the ICIA

By the 4th of December you’ll already be sick of Christmas. Every shop will have tried to sell you rubbish, every building will have the same Cliff Richard song on repeat and every relative under the age of 40 will have told you that they want the Star Wars robot you can control with your phone for Xmas.

Audrey Nailor at the first Science Showoff in Bath

Audrey Nailor at the first Science Showoff in Bath

We promise no tinsel, no Slade playing as you come in, and no reminders of the true meaning of Christmas just when you’re starting to have fun. Instead we offer laughs, naughty words, science, fun, a bit of chaos and a fantastic night that will only ever happen once. Our host for the night is Steve Cross, a comedian who rejects Christmas so hard that he spent the entire festive season last year playing Halo 4 on his Xbox. And drinking mulled wine whilst humming “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”. Damn. I let some Christmas sneak in, didn’t I?

We’re back in the magnificent Studio at the Edge on the University of Bath campus for another night of science chaos and hilarity. The gig is on Friday December 4th, and starts at 7.30. Turn up early so you’ve got plenty of time in our delicious bar beforehand! Come and see incredible science performances from:

Iszi Lawrence – Iszi is a hysterical* geek comedian with interests right across science, rationalism and history. She’s the founder and host of the Z List Dead List and has a box file full of hilarious stories about dead scientists.

Alex Lathbridge – We’re all heading for the science communication singularity and it’s probably going to sound a lot like Wu Tang Clan.

Richard Fairchild – I will be introducing the audience to the wonderful world of Behavioural Economics!  How rational are you?  How are you affected by your unconscious psychology and emotions?  We will be exploring by playing some fun games and activities….

Ross Exton – Are you looking for love? Are you tired of swiping left? The science of flirting is a tricky one, so what can we learn from our friends in the animal kingdom?

Ezzy Pearson – I’ll be looking at the science of the Star Wars worlds, to help you prepare for The Force Awakens.

Chris Budd – ‘A mathematicians guide to Mornington Crescent’ or ‘Fairlops last theorem’ In this tongue in cheek session I will give a mathematical analysis of this great game, and explain exactly how you can use maths to win it. I will of course assume that the audience is familiar with the rules. Audience participation will be expected.

The gig is on sale here: https://www.icia.org.uk/whats-on/pop-science/science-showoff/

Over 18s only

* not in the medical sense

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