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Johnny Ball

Johnny has been enthusing about Maths and Science for many years and is still as motivational as ever since his 23 Maths and Science series for BBC and ITV all written and presentedby Johnny. He also wrote and produced 5 Educational Stage Musicals in the 1990's and his Dome Show in 2000 sold every place for the entire year. In the week of writing he will do a Comedy Dinner, a 6th form Maths Masterclass and a National Rotary Conference, while writing a popular History of Mathematics for 2017.

Wenwen Bao

Bright Club (Manchester)

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.

Sarah Bearchell

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.

Iain Bethune

Since 2008, Iain has worked at EPCC, specialising in performance analysis and optimization of HPC applications. He collaborates with a range of researchers around the UK and Europe in fields as diverse as Computational Chemistry, Mathematics and Biomechanical Engineering. He develops scalable software to allow researchers to harness HPC resources such as ARCHER - the UK National HPC Service.

Sandy Starr

Sandy Starr is Communications Officer at the Progress Educational Trust, - 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.

Natalie Masento

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.

Florence Schechter

I am a freelance science communicator and all about making science fun and accessible. ***CV here: *** After graduating with a BSc in Biochemistry from Uni of Birmingham, I have been performing and presenting at e.g. Science Showoff, The Big Bang Fair. In 2015, I worked at the BBC show QI for seven months. I've also volunteered at various science festivals. I'm interested in combining science with other media e.g. comedy, music, etc.

BSA Cambridge

I help organize SciBar and SciScreen events for the Cambridge branch of BSA (British Science Association). SciBar is an informal free talk in a pub, given by postdocs or scientists and engineers from the industry. SciScreen is a series of science films shown at the Arts Picturehouse with an introductory talk given by a scientist to discuss his or her field of research and how it is relevant to the film. Both are open to all, and very enjoyable and educational events.

Kyle Evans

I am a Hampshire based maths teacher and folk singer, specialising in comedy/music/maths material. I was delighted to be crowned winner of Famelab UK 2016 and will be competing at the international finals at the Cheltenham Science festival in June. Some videos of my performances are attached. I can perform sets of varying lengths, from club shows to school demos to street busking. Enthusing people in Maths is my aim. Here is my most recent maths-folk EP:

Liam Shaw

I studied physics before starting a computational biology PhD at UCL. I'm an 'Ask for Evidence' ambassador for Sense About Science and regularly give talks to a range of audiences. I also do jokes.

James Krieger

I did a BSc in Biochemistry and an MRes in Structural Molecular Biology at Imperial College London then came to Cambridge for my PhD. I recently completed my PhD in Ingo Greger's group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and am continuing to work there as a postdoc. I have been volunteering with the Cambridgeshire branch of the British Science Association for the last few years and currently have the role of publicity secretary.

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