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Science After Six

This is an event from the 2019 edition

Join us for a strictly adults-only evening of science as the sun sets. Expect cocktails, music and hands-on science in The Forum’s Explorium – at last, a chance for you to explore the fun of science, without the kids!

Featuring scientific comedy from Simon Watt, songs in the key of science from Jonny Berliner, a spot of rap science with Jon Chase, an ‘organ-off’ battle of the organs, the Journey of Food, SuperApe performance, taste and flavour with Norfolk and Norwich Science Association, talk from Former Scotland Yard Detective Steve Gaskin, merchandise from Science Scribbles, slime making, virtual reality and more…

Plus a bar, gin bar and DJ.

Please note that BUG (Better Universal Grub) and the Ladies of Hacking Society Norwich are no longer able to attend.



Offal Waffle

Offal Waffle - graphics by Charlie James
Offal Waffle – graphics by Charlie James

What’s the best organ in the human body?

Our ‘organ champions’ will battle it out to persuade you to vote for ‘their’ organ!

Who will you vote for, and who will be the Offal Waffle Champion?!


Jonny Berliner

Universilly ChallengedScience troubadour Jonny Berliner is the godfather of Geek Pop, having performed his unique brand of comedy science songs internationally, lighting up such eminent scientific institutions as CERN, and the Royal Institution, alongside some of the biggest names in sci comms.

With songs covering everything from the albatross to z-particles, you’ll be laughing and learning in equal measure.

“Seriously funny songs” The Scotsman.

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Simon Watt: Frogs and Friends

The Ugly Animal Preservation Society’s professor of comedy, Simon Watt (Inside Nature’s Giants, The Infinite Monkey Cage) returns with his new adults-only stand-up lecture. Simon explores why frogs are better than most people he knows and how studying them has changed the world!

Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter. He runs Ready Steady Science, a science communication company committed to making information interesting and takes science based performances into schools, museums, theatres and festivals.

He runs the Ugly Animal Preservation Society which is a comedy night with a conservation twist. It went on to find global fame/notoriety when it teamed up with the National Science and Engineering Competition to host an online campaign resulting in the election of the blobfish as the ugliest animal on the planet.

He is the co-creator and host of the new science panel show podcast, Level Up Human.

His book The Ugly Animals: We Can’t All be Pandas is out now. He has also written dozens of articles for national newspapers and websites including The TimesThe Sunday TimesThe SunThe Daily TelegraphThe Independent, the Daily Mirrorand the New York Daily News.

He is a regular contributor to TV, radio and web and is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA-winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants, the IFTA-winning Wild Cities and the Channel 4 special The Elephant: Life After Death.

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Written especially for Darwin Day 2019, this poetic performance mixes visuals, music and the spoken word as you are invited to explore humanity’s evolutionary journey from the perspective of humanity – from all the way back the big bang all the way to the eventual extinction of our life on earth. In twenty minutes you’ll be taken on an emotional rollercoaster that covers the big bang, quantum mechanics, the beginnings of life on earth, evolution, biodiversity, climate change, the sixth mass extinction, the rise of technology, space travel, life on Mars, and the eventual demise of humanity in a fiery apocalypse.

The performance is brought to you by Dr Peter Bickerton, Science Communications Manager at the Earlham Institute, who has written and performed poetry for the BBC, as well as internationally as far away as Brazil. You can buy his first poetry collection, ‘Millennial: a decade of dreams, nightmares and perspective’ on Amazon.


Science Scribbles

Science Scribbles merchandisePick up some fantastically fun science merch at Norwich Science Festival!

Science Scribbles is an online store that sells science-themed merchandise such as fun and colourful stickers, postcards and bookmarks.

The store was created by Lauren Callender, a PhD student on a mission to encourage and inspire younger generations to pursue a career in science.

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Disasters Passed?

What does it feel like to have a volcano erupt all over your home land? How do we monitor and understand their activity? Scientists and emergency responders can learn a lot from the people of the Caribbean about how to cope with hazards like volcanoes, and we are using an interactive exhibit to bring that learning to life!

Using the example of the long-lived eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat, we have created an interactive exhibit called Disasters Passed?. Inside our volcano-shaped ‘tent’ you can explore what it feels like to be caught up in an eruption, the pulse of a volcano’s magmatic heart, and how we can monitor its changes. Listen to recorded songs and stories, and watch the flow of magma that builds up to an explosion! This exhibit is created with and for the people of Montserrat, but you can enjoy an exclusive sneaky peak at the Norwich Science Festival.

UEA’s volcano team will be joined by colleagues Teresa Armijos Burneo and Wendy McMahon from the Schools of International Development and Art, Media and American Studies.

Disasters Passed? is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and is a collaboration between UEA, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies, the British and Montserrat Red Cross and Output Arts. We are very grateful for all the contributions from the community on Montserrat, whose voices you will hear.

  • Prof Jenni Barclay is Professor of Volcanology in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.
  • Wendy McMahon is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at the University of East Anglia.
  • Teresa Armijos Burneo is a Lecturer in Natural Resources and International Development in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia.


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Friday 18 October
Venue: The Forum
Cost: £10
Age: 18+

Tickets will go off sale at 7pm the night before the event. For events at The Forum and Sir Isaac Newton, any remaining tickets will be available for sale on the day of the event at our ticket desk in the Atrium. For events at other venues, remaining tickets will be available to purchase, cash only, on the door 30 mins before the start time.