‘I’m here to show the world that science is fun and exciting… and that anyone can do it.’ – Dr Emily Grossman

‘I’m here to show the world that science is fun and exciting… and that anyone can do it.’ – Dr Emily Grossman

This is my first time at Hay and I’m having the time of my life. Set in the beautiful Welsh countryside and with a totally yummy vibe, it feels like a mini Glastonbury – but with less mud… and a lot more books.

Since I arrived 48 hours ago my feet have barely touched the ground.  I’ve entertained two tents full of school kids with Dr Emily’s Weird and Wonderful Science Facts, performed a family show on Surprising Science (where the mums and dads seemed to be having just as much fun as the kids!), taught hundreds of people how to block a tickle, chaired a ‘Hay-Levels’ panel on A-level physics, interviewed the delightful and hilarious Ben Miller about his book on aliens, demonstrated a new virtual reality binaural headset for BBC Click, made models of molecules out of strawberries and grapes for a ‘Hay-Levels’ chemistry video and attempted 20 animal noises live on BBC Radio Wales.

I’m here to show the world (or as many people as I can shout loud enough to be heard by) that science is fun and exciting… and that anyone can do it. To be a scientist, all you need is a desire to understand the amazing world around us.

Now I’m running off to get ready for my X-Rated Science Facts show for adults – unpacking the science behind some of the most scandalous behaviour in the animal kingdom. Expect bonking bonobos, deviant ducks, frisky flies, sexy sea-horses… and the odd ejaculating elephant.

I’m having so much fun, and I can’t wait til tomorrow when I finally get to hear some of the other amazing speakers that are here.

Thanks for having me Hay Festival!

 

Photo by Chris Athanasiou