Science Busking Training for Leith Labs & Explorathon

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August 5, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Institute for Academic Development
2 Morgan Ln
Edinburgh EH8
Lewis Hou
0131 650 4874

NB This workshop is at 1 Morgan Lane, not 2, but Google does not recognise the address!

13692533_165044327241162_608065913597443686_nPassionate about your research and want to share that with the public?

Want to sharpen your communication skills using elements of theatre performance and improvisation?

Science Busking uses short, exciting and thought-provoking demonstrations to spark conversations in all sorts of unexpected places.

This year we’re teaming up with the shopping centre Ocean Terminal, Leith, to run Science Busking as a core part of the Leith Labs Scientist-In-Residence programme, engaging and delighting local communities and shopping visitors alike during Science Saturdays building up to the Explorathon and Fun Palaces Bonanza at 30th September and 1st of October.

We’re looking for researchers and students from all of the Edinburgh universities alike to get involved!*

Training will be provided by Professional Science Buskers from Eureka Edinburgh Cam Hall, Nicola Shepherd & Craig McFarlane have performed and trained worldwide, from Scotland to Abu Dhabi and beyond.

It’s a full day, hands-on workshop focusing on developing your own communication style for the busking format and  demonstrations related to your research. You will ideally continue training at a Leith Labs Saturday at Ocean Terminal paired with a Science Busker before being involved in the Explorathon/Fun Palaces weekend!

The workshop is free to attend, and includes catering, but spaces are limited. Please register here and fill out the survey, and we will be back in touch to let you know if you have been sucessful.

If you are curious about other science communication styles, including Story Telling, Game-fication and evaluations, there are also other training opportunities. Find out more here.

These workshops have been kindly funded by the Physiological Society, EU Researchers Night and Edinburgh Beltane, with in-kind support and partnershp from Ocean Terminal, Science Ceilidh and Eureka Edinburgh. 



*Who can get involved in this?

This training is specifically aimed at researchers and students affiliated from any of the Edinburgh (Universities University of Edinburgh, Heriott Watt and Napier University, Edinburgh College of Art) who are undertaking research on some level. It does not need to be in science necessarily. Masters and PhD students are very welcome to apply. Undergraduates are welcome also but if space is limited, preference will be given to those involved in reearch directly (e.g. a dissertation project).

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please get in touch with Lewis Hou at or directly on twitter @fiddlebrain