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Introduction to the Module



Week : X
Introduction to (Science) Performance

Webinar Date: 8th Nov, 7pm

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/765090960

We kick off the module with some insights from performance lecturers Richard Talbot and Jo Scott, who take us through some of the different theories of how we can design performance experiences. It’s a playful, mind expanding intro to some crucial underpinning ideas about our contemporary culture and its influences.

WATCH ME before our webinar:


Maria Chatzichristodoulou, Andy Lavender and Eirini Nedelkopoulou (eds), Special issue: Encountering the Digital in Performance: Deployment | Engagement | Trace, Contemporary Theatre Review, 27:3 (2017). This is an entire collection and you can choose which one you read.

Week Y:
Science Festivals as Performance Spaces

Webinar Date: 15th Nov, 7pm

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/765090960

This week, we’ll talk about one of the most popular formats for performing science, the science festival. What opportunities does it provide and what kinds of experiences take place? We’ll hear from some Head of Science Programming at Cheltenham Science Festival, Dr Marieke Navin, and genetic scientist Dr Ian Goodhead, who walk us through what they think we can do with this unique format.

WATCH ME before our webinar on 15th Nov:

Interview with Dr Marieke Navin - is on Blackboard, please check there. You can see below what she was doing 11 years ago!

Dr Marieke Navin, 10 years ago!

Dr Ian Goodhead is Associate Dean in the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford. Here he is speaking about performing science at festivals.


Week 9:
Performance for Audio

Webinar Date: 22th Nov, 7pm

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/765090960

How are science communicators re-inventing audio format for a digital era? What are the unique possibilities offered by focusing on audio experiences?  In this week, we’ll talk to Professor Trevor Cox and examine how podcasting and radio are changing, while experimenting with platforms like SoundCloud and the audience expectations and behaviours that make radio relevant for today.

WATCH ME before our webinar on 22nd Nov:


The BBC has a great guide to making podcasts. Take a look https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02pc9zz/episodes/downloads


Week 10:
Performing for the Screen

Webinar Date: 29th Nov, 7pm

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/765090960

The screen has evolved in recent times, from a cinema to a television and now to a mobile device and even a virtual reality or hologram. This week, we critically reflect on the impact of these changes, while examining different formats of performance that each provides. Focusing on television, film, and video, we discuss how best to mobilise the opportunities around screen experiences with science content.

This week’s Conversation Starter is with Dr Erinma Ochu…

Here’s some more background to Erinma’s work.

Ahead of the seminar, please go into this Google Slideshow and complete the task.


Week 11:
Live Performance within Social Media

Webinar Date: 6th Dec, 7pm

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/765090960

Over the last 5 years, social media companies have sought to invest into the ‘live’ experience, marking a huge shift into the world of broadcasting, but how do they do it, what are the opportunities to do something different, and what’s the best way to generate such content. This week, we discuss how the digital economy is operating around the live media economy and discuss prominent examples like Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook.


Grand, Ann; Holliman, Richard; Collins, Trevor and Adams, Anne (2016). ”We muddle our way through”: shared and distributed expertise in digital engagement with research. Journal of Science Communication, 15(4) pp. 1–23.


Week 12:
Creative and Critical Approaches to Evaluating Science Communication

Webinar Date: 13th Dec, 7pm

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/765090960

So, you think you’ve got some great science communication content, but how do you know? This week, we’ll discuss ways of evaluating science communication artefacts, particularly around the use of digital data. The expectation to evaluate our work is growing and helps make the case for why creativity is crucial within science communication, but how do you make evaluation part of your workflow and ensure it’s done in the most effective way?

Please read the essay “The Value of Science” by Andy Miah



The Assessment (aaagggh!!)


A few essentials

Please check the full Assessment Brief in the module handbook for further details, but here are some key points…

Your assessed work will consist of a 5min live performance,  along with a written reflection of 1,500 words, documenting the process of producing a live performance. This document can identify your influences, approach, challenges, and technical learning points.

Your performance can be longer, but we’ll focus the assessment on the basis of the first 5 minutes, or the 5 minute edit which you submit.

Marks for your assessment will be allocated based on the following criteria:

Professionalism and presentation of video  0-20 marks

Coherence of performance and structure - 0-20 marks

Depth of engagement with subject - 0-30 marks

Associated critical reflection - 0-20 marks

Referencing - 0-10 marks

How to submit

To make your submission, we’re asking you to do two separate things.

  1. Upload your performance video to your own private YouTube environment. To do this, set up a YouTube space for yourself, then upload the video to an ‘unlisted’ video. This will ensure only people with the URL (us and anyone else you share it with) can see the video. Please test this with a friend, before completing the process, so you can be sure it works.

  2. Upload your critical reflection into Blackboard via the ‘Assessments’ section. Ensure that you paste a link to your YouTube video at the start of your document, so we can see it.