About

THE SCIENCE SHOWOFF TALENT FACTORY

The Talent Factory is a year long science communication and performance development programme. Now in it’s second year, the programme takes a diverse group of science communicators and helps them become a mutually-supportive group of elite science performers. Participants get exciting opportunities to practice their skills and develop new ones as well as help and guidance from the creator of Bright Club and Science Showoff, Steve Cross.

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WHAT THEY GET

  • To perform at lots of Science Showoff gigs and other fun things Steve organises or takes part in
  • Access to opportunities and development no-one else can get
  • Masterclasses from some of the top science performers
  • To appear on new podcasts and videos
  • Promotion via the Science Showoff website, YouTube channel and social media feeds
  • Lots of photos, video and audio to share with potential bookers
  • Help writing and improving science shows and comedy from Steve and his contacts
  • Recommendations to science organisations as a performer
  • Introductions to Steve’s contacts
  • A community of like-minded people to support them and work with them
  • No reasonable favour will be refused

WHAT’S EXPECTED FROM THEM

  • To help the rest of the group and offer them opportunities you come across
  • To take part in more than 10 activities during the year
  • To give as much help as they get
  • To stay involved for the whole year

WHY IS STEVE DOING THIS?

“When I used to work for a university one of the most satisfying parts of the job was helping scientists and communicators develop over time, and I spent seven years working with people who went on to become some of the UK’s most interesting science communicators. As a freelance comedian and producer I miss this, so I thought I’d create a different way to help people in a more intensive way. Plus I’m a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow and thought it would be really fun to share the benefits of that with a wider group of people.”

Steve’s time on the Talent Factory this year is financially supported by the Wellcome Trust.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?

“…through his training, support, encouragement, cheerleading and graduated exposure to bigger and scarier stage, Steve has created a monster that just can’t stop sharing science with the public.” – Dr. Suze Kundu, University of Surrey and TV presenter

“If it were not for Steve, I would neither have been invited to do a TED talk (1.3 million views in three months) nor would I have done it well” – Prof. Sophie Scott, UCL

KEEP IN TOUCH

Follow the Talent Factory on twitter (@ShowoffTalentFa) and keep an eye on this site to hear about the Talent Factory’s projects, events, and gigs as well as dates for the next cohort recruitment.

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