2016 BAHFest London Keynote from Jen Gupta

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.

BAHFest returns to London on March 16th, 2019 at Imperial College. 

Judges and Speakers

Matt Parker

Matt Parker

Host

Matt Parker is a stand-up comedian and mathematician. He appears regularly on TV and online: as well as being a presenter on the Discovery Channel his YouTube videos have been viewed over 37 million times. Previously a high-school math teacher, Matt visits schools to talk to students about math as part of Think Maths and he is involved in the Maths Inspiration shows. In his remaining free time, Matt wrote the books Things To Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension and Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors. He is also the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.

Tim Harford

Tim Harford

Keynote

Tim Harford is a writer of popular economics books, Financial Times columnist and BBC broadcaster.

Tim is an economist, journalist and broadcaster who authored “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy”, “Messy”, and the million-selling “The Undercover Economist”. Tim is a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4’s “More or Less” and the iTunes-topping series “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy”. Tim has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House. He is a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Tim was Economics Commentator of the Year 2014, winner of the Royal Statistical Society journalistic excellence award 2015, won the Society of Business Economists writing prize 2014-15, and the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006 and 2016.

Dan Shaw

Dan Shaw

Judge

Dan Shaw is a mathematician for the civil service, studying maths and astrophysics part time with the open university.
 
His hobbies include reading, astronomy and figuring out the most cost-effective method of removing planetary bodies he doesn’t like.
 
He has surprisingly well-developed and thought-out opinions about which planets are fascinating worlds worthy of future study, and which ones need to be reduced to a fine cloud of red-hot gravel sooner rather than later.
Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik

Judge

Mark Miodownik is the UCL Professor of Materials & Society.  He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials engineer in the USA, Ireland and the UK. For more than fifteen years he has championed materials science research that links to the arts and humanities, medicine, and society. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making, where he is a director and runs the research programme.  Mark is a multi-award winning author and regularly presents BBC TV and radio programmes on materials science and engineering.  In 2014 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for services to materials science, engineering and broadcasting.