Science in the Pub is a unique way to get your scientists engaging with and inspiring the community, and Phil Up On Science can run one for your institution.
It’s an informal, entertaining format in which a varied line-up of researchers present their science to a relaxed crowd. Each night is different, with six to eight presenters, giving tightly-timed eight-minute slots.
Variety is the hallmark of these nights – they’re never boring. Dr Phil ensures the line-up is varied, breaks up the night with his own entertaining comedic music and keeps the crowd on their toes.
Venues are chosen carefully for a relaxed vibe, so that the audience can have a drink, a snack and a laugh, and go home with an inspired and positive view of science, and a renewed image of scientists as fun, inspiring humans.
Events have covered physics, biology, sustainability, medical research and more, in Sydney, Canberra Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Researchers have mixed traditional talks with songs, quizzes, poems, stand-up comedy, plays, even a conga line!
Watch some previous acts on the Phil Up On Science Live YouTube channel.
Phil Up On Science partners and supporters have included National Science Week, Inspiring Australia, Australian Institute of Physics, Australian Society of Medical Research, Sydney Science Festival, Adelaide University, Flinders University, Uni SA, ACT Health, ANU Medical School, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU Energy Change Institute, ARC CoEs in Exciton Science, FLEET, CUDOS and more.
Positive profile for your research
Your organisation will be part of a successful event with a good vibe, to up to 200 people from the local community. Plus your social media will get a boost.
Your researchers also get an opportunity to try out creative ways of communicating, and walk away with a boost of confidence from a successful talk. Great for students and ECRs!
Specific benefits for your organisation:
– Your name on all calls for presenters and subsequent event promotion (email lists, social media posts, web pages etc) and logo on posters.
– Your logo on the home slide on the night
– A two minute spot to talk about your institution on the night
– Your researchers show themselves off in the best light
For a small extra cost we can provide videos of their presentations to use on social media/websites.
Training sessions are available for your researchers, to help get the creative juices flowing, and to really hone their presentation skills.
Science in the Pub is a tried and tested format – Dr Phil will pull together a professional experience for your researchers and the audience. To run an event costs between $1000 – $1200, which includes:
– Finding a date, and a venue and sourcing sound, projection, screen and lighting,
– Calling for and selecting a lineup of researchers, through a number of distribution lists, research institutes and social media channels
– Promotion of the event through email lists, social media, event websites, hard copy posters
– Stage managing the event, liaising with venue, getting facilities ready, receiving and testing researchers’ presentations, getting them set up and running smoothly,
– MCing and keeping talks to time.
– Warming up the crowd and presenting a couple of pieces myself to get the crowd really engaged.
About Dr Phil Dooley
Dr Phil is a freelance science writer, presenter, videomaker and trainer, based in Canberra.
From childhood dreams of being an astronomer, Dr Phil Dooley progressed to a PhD in laser physics at ANU.
He then worked as an IT trainer, before returning to science as a communicator, where he could talk about the fun stuff without the heavy-duty equations.
In has career he has taken on bored teenage school kids on physics excursions at University of Sydney; created digital content for the international fusion research organisation, JET; been schooled by a battle-hardened Reuters hack in the ANU media office and written for prominent science publishers Nature and Cosmos Magazine.
He regularly MCs Science in the Pub events, and has performed solo in shows and festivals from Adelaide to London, blending music, stand up comedy, fairytales and live science demos. He runs a YouTube channel, Phil Up On Science.
Dr Phil is a qualified professional trainer, with a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, and is National Vice-President of Australian Science Communicators.