2016 BAHFest London Keynote from Jen Gupta
2nd Annual BAHFest London
BAHFest is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect scientific theory. Our brave speakers present their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together determine who takes home the coveted BAHFest trophy. And eternal glory, of course.
Date: March 25, 2017
Location: Imperial College
Price: Student: £12 + £1.15 fee, Non-student: £22 + £1.70 fee
Judges and Speakers
Richard Sandling is an award winning stand up comedian, actor & filmmaker from Essex. He has won So You Think You’re Funny and in 2012 was the only British Nominee at The Comedy Central Comedy Awards in New York.
He runs film comedy show Perfect Movie in London and has a lot of excellent videos on YouTube.
His TV work includes Peep Show, Catharine Tate, Miranda, Zapped! & Russell Howard’s Good News and his Film work includes Cult British Movie Nina Forever, The Comedian’s Guide to Surviva, The People Vs. George Lucas & Ashens and The Quest for the Game Child.
He collects VHS tapes, loves reading The Nero Wolfe Mysteries and drinks a lot of real ale.
Tom Scott bodges things together with video editing tools, lines of code, and metres of network cable. 700,000 people subscribe to him on YouTube for videos about science, technology, and interesting things in the world. As a speaker and event host/MC, Tom’s knowledge, sense of humour, and thought-provoking style mean he’s spoken at the Eurovision TV Summit in Switzerland, at every Thinking Digital since 2009, and to the Conference on Parliament and the Internet. Tom once interviewed Edward Snowden via videolink, asked an inappropriate question, and learned that, yes, Snowden does bother to wear trousers even when it’s only a head-and-shoulders camera shot.
Matt Allinson is a science communicator who lives in London. His PhD focused on reducing the cost of solar panels by making them out of highly toxic carcinogens that dissolve in rainwater. He was one of the winners of BAHFest 2016 with the slighly less ridiculous idea that the Kardashian sisters were a reliable source of Graphene. He has also given talks at the Royal Institution, Einstein’s Garden at Greenman festival, and Wikimania 2015.
Jen is an astrophysicist and science communicator based in the south of England. She works at University of Portsmouth where she is the SEPnet/Ogden Outreach Officer for the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, responsible for their outreach and public engagement programme. In her spare time, Jen can be found presenting the Seldom Sirius podcast and helping to organise the Winchester Science Festival. Over the past eight years her science communication journey has found her lecturing at the Royal Institution, performing astronomy-themed stand up in front of 500 people, giving talks at schools in India and becoming BBC Radio 5 Live’s go-to astronomer to comment on space news stories (but only at unsociable hours!). Jen was a keynote speaker at BAHFest London 2016 where she fixed all of the world’s problems using big data.
Simon Singh is an ex-particle physicist, current science writer and future corpse. His books include Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book and The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets. He was born in Somerset, lives in London and will be cremated in Iceland.
Helen Keen is an award winning comedy writer and performer. She began her career by winning the first Channel 4 New Comedy Writing prize, and wrote material for various established tv and radio shows. Her credits include guest spots on R4’s Infinite Monkey Cage (and touring with the Uncaged Monkeys) and on R4’s Museum of Curiosity, being appointed the first Comedian in Residence at Newcastle University’s Centre for Life Science Village, compering the first ever live comedy night at CERN, Large Hadron Comedy, joining the Stargazing Live live roadshow as a comedian & history of space travel expert, appearing at Latitude, the Science Museum, the Royal Institution and appearing in the second TV series of The Alternative Comedy Experience (curated by Stewart Lee) on Comedy Central. Her first solo stand up show It Is Rocket Science launched 3 critically acclaimed series on BBC Radio 4 and won a slew of awards. Her first radio documentary, Finding Your Voice, about selective mutism, was nominated for a Mind Media Award and her new comedy series, Big Problems with Helen Keen, debuted in the 6:30pm slot on BBC Radio 4. In 2015 she was selected as a 2015 Wired Innovation Fellow. In 2016 her first book The Science of Game of Thrones was published in the US and UK
Tom is Dean of Imperial’s Faculty of Natural Sciences and Professor of sustainable Chemistry. He isn’t quite an Imperial College lifer, he studied at the University of Sussex, but he has been here for over 20 years. When he isn’t in his office or lab, he can be found walking on fire for charity just by the Queen’s Tower.