Science communication

Sci-Comm – Science Oxford delivers a vibrant programme of science communication, performance and public engagement from FameLab to ‘SO Talented’ Science Cabaret and Sci-Comm socials.



FameLab 2016 winner Kyle Evans performs at the Oxford heats at St Aldates Tavern

FameLab is a communication competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science and engineering concepts and experiences into three minute presentations. It was set up by Cheltenham Festivals in 2005 and is now run in over 25 countries worldwide. Heats are held across the UK in the autumn, including here in Oxford, with the UK final in London in the spring and the international final at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in June.

Scientists and engineers from around the world take part armed with only their wits and a few props and the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way for public audiences to connect with them and the work that they do. It’s also a great way for participants to develop and hone their communication and performance skills and to share their passion for their subjects with the public.





Cabaret at the Glee Club

Cabaret at the Glee Club

The SO Talented Science Cabaret is a performance event with a theme where anything goes! Cabarets can feature storytelling, stand-up, magic tricks, demonstrations, music and more, and each show has a compere who expertly weaves all the performances together into a coherent whole.

If you’re a scientist or engineer who’s developed a taste for the public stage and loves to perform (but only has the time to put together a 10 minute segment) then this is the event for you to participate in. Cabarets take place every six months and are usually accompanied by an optional training session for any participants who would welcome support to develop their skills.  @SO_Talent




Event Series

  • Creative Computing Club - Micro:Shake It Up!
    Saturday, 25th March 2017
    Use this clever tech to programme your micro:bit to show a sad face when it's upside down and an angry face when it's shaken, and make a music controller for a bop-it game in our popular kids coding club.
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  • Fooled You! The Science of Trickery
    Saturday, 1st April 2017
    What better way to spend April Fool’s Day than discovering novel ways to fool your friends! In this new family workshop you will learn how to make water 'disappear', use 'x-ray vision' to read secret messages and move items with your minds…all with the help of some intriguing scientific principles.
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  • SciComm Social - April
    Monday, 24th April 2017
    Passionate about science communication? Want to find out what’s going on in the area, socialise and network with other science communicators? Join us for our next SciComm social at The Jam...
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