BES Science Slam

A highlight of the BES Annual Meeting social calendar, our Science Slam is a showcase of the most creative and hilarious science communication.

Science Slam 2015 -Dr Tom Oliver performing 'Climate change denier'

Fusing theatre and science, a Science Slam is a competition where scientists take to the stage to show their passion for science in exciting and unconventional ways. In past years we’ve seen alien strippers, singing frogs, and chocolate cake caterpillars take to the stage. Contact Chris if you would like to discuss your ideas to perform in future!

Join the Audience for #BES2018

Tickets are now sold-out for the Science Slam at this year’s Annual Meeting in Birmingham! No tickets will be available on the door, but we will soon be providing a waiting list sign-up so stay tuned.


Thinking of performing?

It’s never too early to think of your act for #BES2019. Whether you’re a poet, comedian, dancer, or general dynamic story teller – if it’s communicating your science in an unconventional way, we want YOU to be part of our Annual Meeting Science Slam!

Check out the performances from our previous Science Slammers:

Frog in an Urban Pond

Kirsten Parris – 2016 winner, with the trials of Russel the growling frog .


Alien strippers – Why do grey squirrels damage trees?

Chris Nichols performed an alien striptease to demonstrate how invasive grey squirrels damage tree bark.

Control, control, we have a problem!

The Science Slam 2015 winner Rosie Woodroffe, featured a snowball-throwing moose and a Masai warrior to help explain the crucial – but frequently misunderstood – concept of the scientific control.

Climate change denier

In 2015, Tom Oliver performed his comedy conversations with climate change deniers by singing and playing the guitar.