Discover your funny side with science comedy at FUTURES2020

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As part of the programme of activities for FUTURES2020 we are bringing the anarchic science comedy gig, Science Showoff, back to Bath. We're on the hunt for researchers who would like to give science comedy a-go, share their research in a light-hearted way and develop their public engagement skills. Fancy joining us and finding the funny side of your research?

Science Showoff

Science and comedy might seem like a strange mix. Still, Science Showoff is an evening like no other where researchers share the lighter side of their work, proving that science can be just as funny as any other topic over a nine-minute comedy 'set'. Hosted by professional comedian Steve Cross, Science Showoff is a fun evening of science, jokes, stories and laughter where people will have a chance to discover more about research and get an insight into life as a researcher at the University of Bath. Science Showoff will take place on Friday 27 November,

Develop your public engagement skills

Never done anything like this before? Fear not, as part of participating in the programme we are running a training workshop to help develop your performance and public speakings skills, to communicate your work in an engaging, entertaining way putting the audience at the centre of the experience. Through the training and by participating you'll develop your skills and expertise in communication and importantly have fun.

Get involved

Spaces are limited if you'd like to participate in Science Showoff and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Drop us a line to find out more about the opportunity or send Dean Veall an email to register your interest by Monday 12 October.


Taking place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November 2020, FUTURES2020 is a European Researchers' Night, and is one of just three UK based projects of the 51 projects across 30 European countries. FUTURES2020 involves researchers from Bath Spa University, University of Exeter and University of Plymouth joining the University of Bath and University of Bristol to showcase their work.

The FUTURES2020 Festival of Discovery will take research directly to the people with digital activities, hands-on experiments, science shows, games, quizzes, competitions, and exhibitions. Researchers will be heading out into shopping centres, botanic gardens, museums, cathedrals, naval vessels, and the streets to share their work.

The Festival is an opportunity for people, of all ages to explore the past and discuss the research that is shaping our future with researchers from the region’s universities as they lead interactive activities and demonstrations across five counties in the South West.

Dean Veall is Deputy Head of Public Engagement

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