A collection of memories from the family album. Many people have taken these photos. Thank you so much for letting me share them here.


Here is a montage of some of the many times BrumSciComm has gone busking science together and as individuals. Thanks to everyone who appears in these clips or captured footage, including the University of Birmingham and the British Science Association.

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Some bootleg audience footage of my show “Why Do We Do That?” at the Lancashire Science Festival in July 2016. Six brilliant audiences, and over 2500 children and families. Thanks to @AbbieTutt and @NickyDanino for their permission to use this.

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When conservation engineers at the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford discovered damage to a unique plane, they called on the Royal Society of Chemistry to advise them on how to repair it. My film takes chemistry out of the lab to see it work in the real world.

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2015 saw the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope being in orbit. To celebrate this, the ESA launched an ‘Ode to Hubble’ competition. Three minutes to reflect on a quarter of a century of inspiration. This was my entry.

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During gaps in shows at the Lancashire Science Festival I picked a few songs for BBC Radio Lancashire and chatted with Maria Felix-Vas about what it is like being a science communicator. Alas, we didn’t get round to discussing my favourite recipe. (Slideshow)

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On November 2nd 2017, me and fellow BrumSciComm member, Martin Khechara, presented a science comedy performance as part of the Funny Things Comedy Festival in Wolverhampton. The show would immerse all in the experience of being the live studio audience of a variety performance programmed to replace the Eurovision Song Contest in a post hard-Brexit, ‘so called’ UK. To set the scene for the show, our Producer and Director opened by cutting ‘live to the news that preceded our “live broadcast”‘. This is the video that was carved up to be the introduction, interval and closing credits of our world. Obviously, the news is fake, and the humour was written for an adult audience, rather than younger ones. Please use discretion before viewing.

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A video I produced for young children and parents, preparing them for what to expect when they come and have a magnetoencephalograph or M.E.G. brain scan as part of a research project. It is presented by roving science reporter Fizzy Cole and voiced by ScienceGrrl’s Zoe Chapman.

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In other news, many of you were disappointed to miss the performances of ‘Trusting Atoms’ back in 2014. However, the good news is that you can watch it on YouTube. Enjoy.

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Jon demonstrates the science of social conformity and authority in an experiment at the British Science Festival in September 2010. The event was broadcast in September, 2010 by the BBC. Read the full report by David Gregory-Kumar, the regional BBC science correspondent.

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While on the road with the ‘Bang Goes The Theory’ team and working as a science busker at Dr. Yan’s table in the BBC interactive area we captured some footage of the things we were doing. Here Jon demonstrates how a Diesel engine works by igniting cotton wool in a fire piston.

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Filmed at Bang Goes The Theory Live in Edinburgh, 2012. Donning the wig and taking the supplements maybe helped in this round but it didn’t always. I still suspect Giles had been shovelling sugar down in order to beat me on the last day.

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On the 22nd of September 2006, alongside Dr. Carl Senior and representatives from the University Communications Division at Aston University, Jon was involved in an event for the benefit of a visually impaired student. Our experiences were recorded by the BBC and broadcast that day.

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How to recreate an outside broadcast from an MRI suite to a lecture theatre. How theory can be brought to life when we can see and interact with an example of it in use. Demystify science using simple webcams. Broadcast by the BBC in January 2008.

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