Project highlights

1994: Evolutionary Notes, a COPUS funded collaboration with the composer Jo Ive and the University of Kent’s Director of Music, Susan Wanless. My role was writing and delivering the narration, the writing bit was easy, the performance part scary as all hell, because I had great difficulty identifying my musical cues.

1997: Pub Genius, also funded by COPUS and developed in collaboration with UWE students and Ben Johnson. The first of a series of projects that took science into public spaces and my first attempt at science busking . Two further projects followed Check out science at Tesco and Science in the Fast Lane devised for supermarkets and motorway service areas respectively. This use of generic venues has since become common practice across the world and its impact has been evaluated by Laura Grant Associates

1997: Science on the Buses, funded originally by the Millennium Commission through Melanie Quin, then Director of Special Projects at Techniquest and subsequently becoming a UK [1999]and then EU wide campaign. Built upon by many practitioners around the world, for example in Slovenia , and even featuring in university curricula.

2002: Cheltenham Science Festival, work began with a feasibility study I conducted with Simon Gage and Ben Johnson in 2001, and gathered momentum with the appointment of myself and Kathy Sykes as the first Directors. A new kind of science festival, targeted mainly at adults, possibly best described as an arts festival that is always about science. Strong emphasis on discussion and debate about the hot topics of the moment. Subsequently, produced siblings in Dauguvpils [Latvia] and St Louis [US]

2005: FameLab: created by the Cheltenham team in 2005. The X Factor for science communicators. No one would have guessed that it was destined to become  a global competition within 5 years. Or that it would uncover so much talent amongst young scientists worldwide. See them in action on YouTube.

2005: Meet the Gene Machine: the first of a number of events using performance or role playing to draw  people, young adults in this case, into discussing an issue raised for them by new technologies, like real time genetic profiling. First performed in Prague at the Czech Academy of Sciences, whose officials were to put it mildly unimpressed, unlike the target audience who really got into it. Subsequently, refined in the UK with funding from the Wellcome Trust, originally in the form of a People Award [2005] and then with a much larger Society Award 2006]. You can find the script, facilitation tips and a full evaluation on the Science Communication Unit site

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