The Ugly Animal Roadshow

Why should the panda get all the praise? At the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, we celebrate and explore the incredible biology of the animal kingdom’s most monstrous. Join biologist and science presenter Simon Watt to see what adaptations make these creatures so amazing.

Ugly Animal blobfish
Blobfish – Psychrolutes phrictus

At the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, we celebrate and explore the incredible biology of the animal kingdom’s most monstrous.

What adaptations make them amazing? How did such hideous creatures evolve in the first place? The show features videos, demonstrations and lots and lots of audience participation.

 

“I support the ugly animal campaign. There are too many people trying to save cute animals. They get all the press, and all the attention.” Professor Brian Cox

“I am voting for the greater short-horned lizard as ugly animal mascot – it shoots blood out of its eyes!” Stephen Fry

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About Simon Watt:

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 new 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 Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, the Daily Mirror and 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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Saturday 20 October
3pm–4pm
Venue: Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form
Cost: £5
Age: 5+

Tickets go off-sale 12 hours prior to the event. Tickets may be available at The Forum’s ticket office on the day. All attendees need a ticket. Under 12s must be accompanied.