Brian Mackenwells spent many years working in science communication, delivering and developing science shows and workshops for school and family audiences, as well as for adults. He now supports researchers to engage the public with their work. He also writes audio drama and theatre, and can also be found on stage doing standup about pencils. He has only made two children cry in the course of his career to date.
Elin Roberts is Head of Public Engagement at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. She is a passionate communicator with a wealth of experience producing and presenting science shows. She has worked with scientists, presenters, teenagers and teachers helping them produce engaging performances. She trains presenters, drawing on her experiences of stages large and small, tame and terrifying to get the most out of their own technique. As a practitioner of science communication she still enjoys the sensation of dried PVA on her fingertips and the smell of freshly applied sticky back plastic.
Maria Cork works in Creature F/X and Special Make-Up F/X for the film industry. She was the supervisor of the Hair Department in creature effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and had the responsibility of looking after Chewbacca. Other film credits include Lost in Space, Hot Fuzz, Sherlock Holmes, and Maleficent. Maria also loves magic and has worked with many magicians over the years, making unusual and specialised props for TV and theatre shows.
A Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, problem solver, maker and Judge on the recent series of BBC Robot Wars. Lucy's an inventor and Founded the Guild of Makers. She has a PhD in Bubbles (Fluid Dynamics), a City in Guilds in Woodturning and a Cycling Proficiency Certificate.
Specialist in presentation skills and people to people communication. He's worked in science communication, engineering, history and theatre and increasingly finds the world a wonderful place. As down time from training presenters he hand makes kitchen knives and drinks beer with friends.
Unique performances that combine traditional disciplines of impossibility with original research into how we are deceived by language and gesture. Consulting, training, and facilitation. Mostly in technology development, tricky thinking, physical deception, attention control, and impossible innovation.
Tim Hunkin trained as an engineer, but then became a cartoonist (drawing a strip for the Observer called ‘The Rudiments of Wisdom’ for 15 years). His next career was in television (writing and presenting three series called ‘The Secret Life of Machines’ for Channel 4). He then worked for museums, curating and designing exhibitions and building interactive exhibits. Since 2001, he has mainly been making arcade machines for his ‘Under the Pier Show’ amusement arcade on Southwold pier and ‘Novelty Automation’ in London.