Bright Club Manchester is the comedy club where researchers, from all fields and backgrounds, take to the stage to perform short stand-up comedy routines about their work. Why? Because it’s fun, interesting, and genuinely useful. Comedy and research have a lot in common. Most of our performers have no experience of doing stand-up comedy, or haven’t even considered it before, but that does not matter. We provide training and support and a transformation occurs. http://brightclubmcr.org.uk/
Dr Sarah Bearchell is a Science Presenter working with children & family audiences. Her approach to working with children with special educational needs and disabilities was a major contributor to her winning The Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement 2014. She believes that we should make science accessible to everyone and works with a wide range of audiences to achieve this. She also supports teaching staff to deliver engaging activities within the curriculum.
Sandy Starr is Communications Officer at the Progress Educational Trust, www.progress.org.uk - a charity that advances public understanding of science, law and ethics in the fields of human genetics, assisted conception, embryology and stem cell research - and is Webmaster of the charity's flagship publication BioNews. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the charity Autistica, and he produces and speaks at debates at the Battle of Ideas festival organised annually by the Institute of Ideas.
Phil has always had a passion for science ever since he was a child. His enthusiasm and persistence’s to explore, discover and share science of the natural world earned him the nickname ‘Phil Oddie’ after a famous English Naturalist. He was a UK National FameLab finalist and has since pursued a career in Science Communication at the University Hull as a Science Outreach Officer. As well as event management, Phil is a performer of science shows, science busker and public speaker.
I am a postgraduate research student in Infectious Disease Epidemiology. I've written for a variety of audiences (e.g. https://blog.wellcome.ac.uk/author/shortsweetscience/), and organized and presented at a range of live science events. Looking for new opportunities, particularly to perform or speak. My pet project is to develop a contemporary circus (aerial and/or acrobatic) piece about the environment, health, people and/or animals and am looking for collaborators to help me out!
I am a postgraduate student currently studying an MSc at UCL in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology. I have a passion for all areas in science; ranging from archaeology to space exploration. My educational background suits biological and evolutionary science, but topics on contemporary scientific journalism and outreach are of great interest to me.
I have a BSc in Applied Biosciences and a PhD in Endocrine Oncology. I worked as a Postdoc in a breast cancer research lab at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston before joining the open access publisher BioMed Central, where I work as a Senior Journal Development Editor on a portfolio of oncology journals. In my spare time, I run a blog called ystem.co.uk, which serves as an online platform to inspire young women and encourage them to pursue a career in STEM.
I have a background in psychology and neuroscience however my PhD brought me into the field of nutrition and health. I currently work at the British Medical Journal as an Evidence Reviewer, systematically assessing current medical research. I've presented my research at international conferences and invited seminars but have also been involved in Science Communication events. I am a Sunday Assembly Reading organiser and looking for fellow Scientists to give talks at our events.