Cassie Hugill is a geneticist who ran away to join the circus… literally.
After working in research for a few years, Cassie discovered a passion for Science Communication, eventually leaving the academic life and pursuing a career in Science Communication and Pubic Engagement. During her early years in Science Communication, she developed a number of programs at the University of Tasmania which she toured through schools in Tasmania and Victoria, Australia.
In 2016, she successfully gained a place in the Masters in Science Communication Outreach at Australian National University. Spending a year travelling around the beautiful countryside in Australia, Cassie performed science shows to thousands of people from indigenous aboriginal communities to suburbanites as part of the Shell Questacon Science Circus. Her greatest moment – setting a politician on fire.
At the end of 2016 she packed her bags and took off on a new adventure in the UK, taking on the role of Team Leader at the Science Museum. As Team Leader she was in charge of training and management of Explainers, management of the interactive galleries, and staff recruitment.
In late 2017, she was appointed Public Engagement Coordinator at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, at UCL. She is now on the board for the Community of Engagers at UCL, and has run several successful engagement activities across England including collaborations with Latitude Festival, Science Museum Lates and Bloomsbury Festival. She specialises in integrating public engagement into the research process of the researchers she works with.
During her spare time she co-produces a number of comedy shows including Wales V The World and Professor Malice. She has also performed stand up comedy in the Star of Kings and the Harrison.