PAST EVENTS

2nd NOVEMBER 2017 – FUNNY THINGS COMEDY FESTVIAL, WOLVERHAMPTON
Jon and Martin Khechara, a BrumSciComm buddy performed ‘The Magical Science of the Dangerous’. Slightly anarchic demo based comedy show where the jokes were bad and the science was good.

30th AUGUST 2017 – SWYNNERTON M.O.D. TRAINING CAMP
A day of shows and activities for Staffs based cadets. Let’s see who I can find to set fire too. Will be bringing some more busking elements too.

23rd AUGUST 2017 – RAF SYERSTON
Provided activities at the National Aerospace Camp to Air Cadets. Ok, I couldn’t compete with a trip in the Chinook, but I did set fire to top brass, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE RAFR. 😀

18th and 19th JULY 2017 – BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY
Spent a couple of days busking science with Medical Mavericks for the Birmingham City University Summer School.

29th JUNE to 1st JULY 2017 – LANCASHIRE SCIENCE FESTIVAL
New show, ‘Under Pressure’ saw us squashing and stretching stuff, spreading it thinly and making it fit! Six shows to almost 2000 school children and about 500 family members!

27th June 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Presented ‘Well Water, You Know?’ to nearly 600 primary school children who are looking forward to going to big school after the holidays. Plenty of water science and a some nice fire too. Everyone got a colouring in book too.

26th May 2017 – WOOLWICH, LONDON
Science busking at a special one-day event with the brilliant SmashFest crew. A wonderful day in the sun.

5th May 2017 – PINT OF SCIENCE BUSKER TRAINING
Delivered training to volunteers undertaking busking activities at the Birmingham Pint of Science events.

15th to 18th MARCH 2017 – BIG BANG FAIR, BIRMINGHAM
Four days, 55 shows including five for SEND and PMLD audiences, 20 litres of squash and 80 kilos of dry ice. An emotional and crazy time as I joined Sarah Bearchell for some sensory approaches to science lessons.

4th MARCH 2017 – MALVERN SCIENCE & FAITH FESTIVAL
The festival theme was ‘Uncertainty’ we looked at some of those things we are sure about, but that we have just a little bit wrong. ‘I Think I’m Sure’ let us question what we once thought was true. Alongside guitar physicist, Mark Lewney for the first time since 2012. Oh, some mathematician guy called Marcus Du Sautoy is coming along too; bonus.

16th & 17th FEBRUARY 2017 – SMASHFEST’S SUPERVOLCANO, DEPTFORD
‘Think You Can Survive!’ How will you mentally survive a supervolcano? This and many more activities, busking and events around Deptford as part of Smashfest.

2016

12th & 13th DECEMBER 2016 – BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY
Finished off the year with performances of ‘Why Do We Do That?’ for Christmas Lectures at the university. Full houses for two days!

29th JULY 2016 – CENTRE FOR LIFE, NEWCASTLE
To celebrate the opening of the Brain Zone, Jon performed ‘Why Do We do THAT?’ at the Friday Night Life, ‘lates’ event. Exploring several aspects of psychology let us peek at what our brains are doing when we are not paying attention. Science explains when I’m brilliant at sport, how I learned maths and why I can never play poker.

30th JUNE to 2nd JULY 2016 – LANCASHIRE SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Rather than set fire to myself and others, this year I returned to Preston where the theme was ‘Going Beyond’. With the show, ‘Why Do We Do That?’ we examined how we tick; what happens in our skulls when we do stuff, and how we can measure it!

27th APRIL 2016 – NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY
An afternoon chatting with researchers at the BBSRC DTP (gotta love your acronyms) Spring conference all about approaching public engagement with a playful attitude.

16th to 19th MARCH 2016 – BIG BANG FAIR, BIRMINGHAM
Joined Sarah Bearchell to bring you some mischievous matter, clouds and sciencey treats for the senses. Four days of show ran in Sarah’s SciComm Play Pen. I’ve a full report on our experience in the news archive.

5th MARCH 2016 – MALVERN SCIENCE & FAITH FESTIVAL
Shared a day with Horrible Science illustrator Tony De Saulles. Around the theme of the chemistry of compassion, I asked what makes us different from other life and what would we like to make us superhuman.

29th FEBRUARY 2016 – ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS, BIRMINGHAM
Shared my adventures in Outreach with students from Engineers Without Borders at the University of Birmingham. Storytelling from being little to now.

25th FEBRUARY 2016 – FAMELAB HEATS, CARDIFF
No, not competing… but compered the Famelab heats in Cardiff. Geekery and off-the-cuff truths and untruths behind the contestants from the South-West region.

19th and 20th FEBRUARY 2016 – SMASHFEST, DEPTFORD, LONDON
Not content with one day, I headed back to Smashfest, and spent another two days busking science to the good people there.

13th FEBRUARY 2016 – A PRELUDE TO SMASHFEST
As a prelude to Smashfest Jon headed down to Deptford, South London to drum up an appetite for some science. Guerrilla-style busking from a suitcase of science!

2015

16th AUGUST 2015 – #BRUMSCICOMM PICNIC
#BrumSciComm held it’s first anniversary in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. We had demos and loads of entries for the BrumSciComm Big Science Bake Off. See the Facebook page to find that I came last with my cake. :-/

29th JULY to 2nd AUGUST 2015 – CBEEBIES BIG DAY OUT, WESTON SUPER MARE
Five days of sharing food science with the Furchester Hotel in collaboration with Dish Up. Joined by the fabulous Sarah Bearchell, Jules Pottle and Luiza Patorski at the Seafront, Marine Parade.

16th JULY 2015 – BIRMINGHAM BRIGHT CLUB, KINGS HEATH
A night of comedy at the intimate Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath and me experimenting with deadpan standup comedy. How do you become a science communicator? Why would you want to? How do you deal with being heckled by five year olds? Maybe I’ll tell this story again.

15th JULY 2015 – CARDIFF SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Performances of ‘Subliming The Ridiculous’ as a ChemNet event and as a public lecture. Ingenious experiments that disproved the four classical elements of the Greeks, earth, air, fire and water. A history of chemistry in demonstrations.

9th JULY 2015 – TECHNOPOP, LONDON
Supported a full day of science in Brixton by performing Half Baked Heroes to schools audiences. Spent the rest of the day sharing demonstrations of science with home educators.

25th to 27th JUNE 2015 – LANCASHIRE SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Had three days at the epic #LSF15 festival with two shows day. ‘Subliming The Ridiculous’ and ‘Half Baked Heroes’ both got runs on the Main stage.

17 JUNE 2015 – SCIENCE SHOWOFF, MANCHESTER
The science of why I’m rubbish at pool and what links 21st century teaching methods with 19th century cyclists. Info here.

5th to 7th JUNE 2015 – CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Joined Fran Scott, Nate Adams, Jon Chase, Dr D, Steph Kerr and others for three days of live science. New demos and huge fun was had by all.

20th APRIL 2015 – BIG WORKSHOP, EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY
Delivered opening session on ‘Working with researchers in outreach’, discussing training and approaches for public engagement in universities.

7th MARCH 2015 – ‘BRAINS AND BOTS’ DAY, MALVERN SCIENCE AND FAITH FESTIVAL
Three neuroscience and psychology shows as part of the ‘Brains and Bots’ day. This is the first time I’ve delivered this trilogy of shows together. Take a look here for information.

5th FEBRUARY 2015 – CHEMISTRY AT WORK, THINKTANK, BIRMINGHAM
‘The Science of Fizzy Pop’ workshop to local schools. What do you mean, maths and chemistry?!? Missing Heidi from the RSC while she’s on maternity leave, this one was organised through her stuntman, Adrian, and STEMNET.

2014

10th DECEMBER 2014 – ‘SUBLIMING THE RIDICULOUS’, ASTON UNIVERSITY
Brand new chemistry show for year 8 pupil, celebrating the eve of the 350th anniversary of the ‘Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society’ in 2015.

3rd DECEMBER 2014 – STEMNET COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
Lovely evening with some really keen STEM ambassadors who wanted to stretch their presentation and activity skills.

19th NOVEMBER 2014 – COMMUNICATING SCIENCE WORKSHOP
Invited to speak with a great turnout of Biosciences students from the University of Birmingham.

10th & 11th OCTOBER 2014 – CBEEBIES, PETER PAN EVENT, SALFORD QUAYS
Dr Nate and I took to the stage and spent the days getting wet, bringing watery fun to the Splash Science tent and the CBeebies little ones.

4th OCTOBER 2014 – FUN PALACE, BIRMINGHAM
Your chance to ask questions of a scientist and have them answered. we had everything from astrophysics, biology, chemistry through to physics. See our work here.

3rd OCTOBER 2014 – MANCHESTER GIRL GEEKS
Provided an introduction to sci-comm training session to students and researchers in Manchester ahead of a joint ScienceGrrl / Manchester Girl Geek outreach event.

24th, 26th & 27th SEPTEMBER 2014 – TRUSTING ATOMS, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Four performances of ‘Trusting Atoms: The Last Trials of Lugwig Boltzmann’. A new science play written by Rowena Fletcher-Wood. More information here.

6th SEPTEMBER 2014 – ‘THROWING SPANNERS AT NANOBOTS’, BIRMINGHAM LIBRARY
Alongside co-presenter Steph Kerr we told the story of how research into future energy means tinkering with plant enzymes. The series of three shows were repeated regularly throughout the day. Part of the British Science Festival.

6th SEPTEMBER 2014 – ‘I’M A SCIENCEGRRL, TALK TO ME’, BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTRE
The Birmingham chapter of ScienceGrrl and others from around the country invaded the City Centre representing women in STEM subjects and talking with families about why they love doing what they do and how they got into it. This was part of the British Science Festival 2014.

1st SEPTEMBER 2014 – SCIENCE COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP, WARWICK UNIVERSITY
Delivered the afternoon workshop on science communication in all forms at the BBSRC funded Midlands symposium.

19th AUGUST to 13th SEPTEMBER 2014 – POP-UP PAVILIONS CENTRE, BIRMINGHAM
Spent a number of days busking science amid researchers from the University of Birmingham showcasing their work to the public. Check out the pictures in the Facebook page. Brought to you by the University of Birmingham Engage team.

15th JULY 2014 – AN UNDISCLOSED CLASSROOM IN BIRMINGHAM
Alongside chemist Rowena Fletcher-Wood and others, we staged a hold up in a classroom, equipped with weapons of mass science. Truly guerrilla science!

5th JULY 2014 – HANDSWORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL
Honoured to be asked back to present awards to all the students who attended Saturday Science Clubs over the last year. We talked at science being for everyone.

18th & 20th JUNE 2014 – ‘THE SUNSHINE LECTURE’, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
For the second year running, I delivered the Sunshine lecture. Over 800, year 8 kids attended, all in one day. Two days later, I rerun it for another 250 year 7 kids.

12th JUNE 2014 – ENGAGEMENT WITH RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Delivered a workshop at the two day public engagement celebration. Tips of how to prepare and present you message and respond to your audience. A link to the event is here.

5th to 8th JUNE 2014 – BBC SCIENCE ZONE, CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Demo wrangling for a third year, provided science explanations in little chunks, not just for entertainment but for you to learn something wonderful from. With old friends and new.

2nd MAY 2014 – SCIENCE COMMUNICATION CONFERENCE, GUILDFORD
Joined an audience led, panel discussion with Corrinne Burns, Suze Kundu, Heather Williams and Laurie Winkless about best practice for science communicators when representing women.

4th APRIL 2014 – THE MAMMAL SOCIETY, ASTON UNIVERSITY, BIRMINGHAM
As part of the student conference at the 50th Mammal Society Conference, Jon delivered a workshop on the ‘Planning, Presenting and Promoting of Public Engagement’.

30th APRIL 2014 – SCIENCE SHOWOFF, GUILDFORD
Expect the audience to be dancing at the British Science Association, Science Communication Conference on Wednesday night. Tickets here.

26th MARCH 2014 – BRIGHT CLUB, BIRMINGHAM REP THEATRE
In the spirit of a cathartic amnesty, Jon came clean regarding his heinous crimes committed against fruit flies while being a scientist. He had been the executioner, the jury faced his stand up comedy. Line up here.

18th MARCH 2014 – THE MARKET BOSWORTH SCHOOL, LEICESTERSHIRE
A little rocketry for the juniors and some chemical engineering for the seniors.

14th to 16th MARCH 2014 – BIG BANG FAIR
Fran Scott of CBBC’s Absolute Genius, Nathan Adams, Jon Chase and me presented the science behind what makes the BBC’s programmes look brilliant. Science so fast we have to slow it down for you, and so invisible we use IR cameras to reveal it.

13th MARCH 2014 – NATIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING COMPETITION, BIRMINGHAM
I helped judge the student projects at the NSEC, held at the Big Bang Fair, as part of National Science and Engineering Week. Those kids had big brains!

22nd FEBRUARY 2014 – SCIENCE SHOWOFF, BIRMINGHAM
An evening of 8 minute chunks of ‘space-themed’ science in the Studio theatre at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Jon joined friends from all over the Midlands to showoff to present our topics. Info from The Rep.

5th FEBRUARY 2014 – CHEMISTRY AT WORK, BIRMINGHAM
Excitable school groups + chemistry = all day fun. Contact the Royal Society of Chemistry, contact EIC to get in on the next one.

21st JANUARY 2014 – BORDESLEY GREEN GIRLS SCHOOL
Out with STEMNET to help inspire the regional network of teachers running STEM clubs with some new activities and ideas. A chance for all to share.

18th JANUARY 2014 – FAMELAB HEATS, THINKTANK, BIRMINGHAM
No, not as competitor, but judged the regional heats and finals. It was a full afternoon and evening of Birmingham’s researchers, with something new to share about their research. Well done to winner Dr Vikki Burns, and wild-card Joanna Bagniewska.

9th JANUARY 2014 – UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Contributed demonstrations to a STEMNET session on development of STEM clubs for teachers attending the annual conference for the Association of Science Educators (ASE)

2013

6th DECEMBER 2013 – SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY
Presenting new demos and stories with Dr Nathan Adams at the ScienceBrainwave Christmas Lecture, ‘Throwing Spanners at Nanobots’. Expect explosions, my DNA on display, some early snow and, oh yes, spanners being thrown at nanobots.

6th SEPTEMBER 2013 – SHEFFIELD WINTER GARDENS
An explosive twist on some of our favourite science demonstrations for Fright Night, with Nate Adams. Huge crowds and more than a handful of zombies, provided by Professor Vanessa. We sacrificed a lot of large, orange veg, some of which had holes blown out of them.

6th SEPTEMBER 2013 – BBC IMAGINARIUM, MEDIA CITY.
Performed a ‘secret gig’ for executives of the BBC at Media City in Salford as part of their Imaginarium series. Worked up new treatments for some favourite science demonstrations with Nate Adams and Andrew Smith.

16th to 18th AUGUST 2013 – GREEN MAN FESTIVAL, WALES
Opened the Solar Stage in Einsteins Garden at the festival, with some kitchen based science, ‘Half-Baked Heroes’. Jon also delivered his debut Science Showoff session on Saturday. Photos are here.

10th to 11th AUGUST 2013 – EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
Joined fellow presenters Nate Adams, Vicki Dennison, Andrew Smith, to bring interactive science as the next stop of the Absolute Genius roadshow at the Edinburgh Festival.

25th to 27th JULY 2013 – CBBC LIVE IN LEEDS
Jon and fellow science presenters spent three days in Leeds bringing science on behalf of Absolute Genius and CBBC. 38500 people came to experience Wild!, Absolute Genius, CBBC and CBeebies all in Millennium Square and beyond. Photos are here.

19th JUNE 2013 – SUNSHINE LECTURE, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Jon delivered the Sunshine lecture, ‘Half-Baked Heroes’ at University of Birmingham, sharing the science found in the kitchen to 1000 school children in one day.

7th to 9th JUNE 2013 – CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Jon once again presented science for BBC Learning in Imperial Square, Cheltenham. A full four days of science demonstrations from everyday things. Photos are here.

11th JUNE 2013 – CADBURY SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
Shone a light into the minds of students on things they have never noticed before. What’s in your head?

21st MARCH 2013 – WEST MALLING NADFAS
Delivered a study day on the links between art and science. How have artists portrayed science through history? What is accomplished when artists and scientists work collaboratively? And what happens when scientists examine art? Full of science demonstration and hands-on art creation, with more than 70 participants.

26th FEBRUARY 2013 – WOLVERHAMPTON U3A
Always a pleasure to speak to to to this wonderful group of people with wide ranging backgrounds. The ever winding story of Mr Smith’s investigations into the early experiments in photography of the Lunar men, encouraged many questions.

5th FEBRUARY 2013 – CHEMISTRY AT WORK
An event provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry at the Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham. Jon’s activities focussed on generating hydrogen using items in the home, plastic cups, drawing pins and baking soda. All the teams did beautifully and had a great time.

2012

7th DECEMBER 2012 – WOODS WORLD OF WONDERS
Launched new aspect of JonWoodScience with a repeat of the Greatest Smell on Earth courtesy of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Hereford Sixth Form College. Check out the gallery for Heidi’s pictures of the event and the www.woodsworldofwonders.com website for a flavour. Photos are here.

7th NOVEMBER 2012 – COCKSHUT HILL COLLEGE
Talked to year 12 and 13 psychology students at Cockshut Hill College. I had a bag full of activities to try on them, even had them dancing. It’s a funny world, science.

28th SEPTEMBER 2012 – ‘URBAN VEG’
Brought some fruity science to the ‘Urban Veg’ launch event, part of the city-wide day of events for ‘Brum Dine With Me’, at Winterbourne House and Garden, Birmingham. BBC Gardeners World presenter Alys Folwer attended.

29th AUGUST 2012 – ‘THE ONE SHOW’ ROADSHOW
Jon joined fellow buskers in demonstrating some hands-on homemade science for visitors to the BBC’s One Show LIVE event at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. Check out pictures on the gallery page. Photos are here.

26th JUNE 2012 – BIG BANG WEST MIDLANDS FAIR
Joined the Royal Society of Chemistry for a short while to demonstrate some kitchen chemistry. Best quote of the day was, “This is the best day at school EVER!”

21st JUNE 2012 – SCI-TECH CONFERENCE, REDDITCH
Opened the Sci-Tech conference for North East Worcestershire College in Redditch demonstrating resonance and the role it plays in neuroscience. Other guest was Mark Lewney, Guitar Physicist. More information can be found courtesy of the Redditch Advertiser.

14th – 17 JUNE 2012 – CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Appeared at the Cheltenham Science Festival for the first time and was found to be busking in the BBC Science Zone, located in the Imperial Square. There will be a full reflection in the news archive. Photos are here.

28th MAY 2012 – NEWMAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, BIRMINGHAM
Joined the judging panel at the Newman University Citizenship Awards, where the panel judged group presentations from all the schools. It was deservedly won by Windsor High School who provided an excellent recycling scheme for their school.

12th – 15th APRIL 2012 – INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL, EDINBURGH
Worked alongside BBC team to deliver elements of the Bang Goes The Theory stage show and spent three days busking at Dr. Yan’s table. Check out the pictures in the gallery page or the videos on my YouTube Channel.

29th MARCH 2012 – A/A* CONFERENCE, BROMSGROVE SCHOOL
Demonstrated how neuroscientists use physics to look at the brain and brain activity to pupils from St Augustine’s High School, Alcester Grammar and Woodrush High School. Other speakers were representatives from the Physics Factory. Media articles featured in the Redditch Standard and the Chamber of Commerce ‘Business Direction’.

26th MARCH 2012 – HEARTLANDS ACADEMY, BIRMINGHAM
Careers engagement opportunity for the pupils of Heartlands Academy. Team building, GCSE options and careers ‘speed dating’.

22nd MARCH 2012 – TITAN SCIENCE FAIR, BIRMINGHAM
Celebrated the project work of the schools in the Titan Partnership. Wonderfully enthusiastic pupils demonstrating their science to all. Presented psychology with STEMnet ambassador Lizzie Sanders and final year student Abbie Jones, both from Aston University.

16th & 17th MARCH 2012 – BIG BANG FAIR, BIRMINGHAM NEC
Appeared as a STEMnet ambassador on the BBC Bang Goes The Theory interactive area. Spent some great time working with Sarah Cruddas, teaching the science and skills of weather forecasting to hundreds of young visitors.

15th MARCH 2012 – BIG BANG FAIR, BIRMINGHAM NEC
Demonstrating change blindness with colleagues from the psychology programme at Aston University. Stand provided in association with the British Psychological Society, who were celebrating the origins of Psychology.

14th MARCH 2012 – KING EDWARDS VI, SHELDON HEATH ACADEMY
Request by the Physics Factory to deliver an interactive workshop on the history of electrophysiology for the year 10 and 11 pupils of the school. EEG demonstration always popular.

8th MARCH 2012 – MATHS BUSKING, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Spent the day with the Maths Busking team getting some hands on fun with friends. A great way to start National Science & Engineering Week. A great training and development opportunity for people needing to do different public engagement.

23rd FEBRUARY 2012 – LUNAR SOCIETY LECTURE, THINKTANK SCIENCE MUSEUM
Delivered the lecture, ‘From Leonardo to You – The Links Between Art and Science’ with Sally Hoban to the Lunar Society. It focussed on the symbiotic relationships of artists and scientists through history and advocated a multidisciplinary approach to learning.

22nd FEBRUARY 2012 – AIM HIGHER PARTNERSHIP FOR WEST MIDLANDS
Good to have representatives from all the local universities forming the partnership along with STEMnet and local schools. Jon spoke about the benefits of schools engaging with STEMnet and why ambassadors volunteer.

2011

17th & 18th NOVEMBER 2011 – HOW SCIENCE WORKS, BIRMINGHAM
The History of Electricity in Medicine session gets a first run at the schools event. Eight schools get the opportunity to experience a mixture of science and history. Link to event is here.