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I'm Simon Watt


Science goes in and a myriad of media comes out.

I am a biologist and use all the means I can to inform and entertain. 

Check out my books, TV shows, podcasts, arty stuff, museum work, educational resources, schools' science shows and consultancy work.



I spend my life making information interesting.  I can see where the story is and know which tools and techniques to use to tell it effectively.


I have always worked in science and I have always worked in performance. 

Check out my material on TV, radio, YouTube, podcasts, in print or come see me live.

TV

Science and Natural History


Highlights include presenting the BAFTA-winning Inside Nature's Giants, the IFTA-winning Wild Cities, The Elephant- Life After Death and my first children's show, Rocketeers.


Behind the scenes, I have worked as a consultant and script writer. and produced and presented a few pieces for YouTube too.

Radio

Hybrid, on BBC Radio 4 and more


I love radio! In 2021, I hosted and co-produced Hybrid, a BBC Radio 4 show about comparitve anatomy and the incredicble abilities of animals.


I was a regular contributor to Richard Bacon's, Bacon's Theory, on BBC Radio 5 Live, and have been on some of my favoutrite shows including Robin Ince and Brian Cox's amazing The Infite Monkey Cage. In total I have made several hundred radio appearances.

Hybrid
Hybrid
My new BBC Radio 4 series.
On the Infinte Monkey Cage
On the Infinte Monkey Cage
The BBC Radio 4 masterpiece presented by Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
Live on the Richard Bacon Show
Live on the Richard Bacon Show
Part of a special "energy day" segment on Radio 5 Live.
Level Up Human recording in Brighton
Level Up Human recording in Brighton
with guests Robin Ince, Kat Arney and Jules Howard
Level Up Human recording at Glastonbury
Level Up Human recording at Glastonbury
with guests Hugh Dennis, Marcus Du Sautoy and Alice Roberts.
Level Up Human recording live in London
Level Up Human recording live in London
with guest Dan Schrieber.
Level Up Human live in Winchester
Level Up Human live in Winchester
with Zoe Lyons, Maggie Alphonsi and Dean Burnett

Podcaster

Level Up Human and more


I am co-creator and host of Level Up Human, the science comedy panel show where we redesign the human species with the help of expert guests and top-notch comedians such as Zoe Lyons, Hugh Dennis, Ellie Taylor and more.


I have also been delighted to be a guest on some of my favourite radio shows and podcasts including Worst Foot Forward, BBC Earthwatch and the oh-so-funny, Do The Right Thing.

Writer

Books and articles


The Ugly Animals: We Can't All Be Pandas is in shops now.


I sometimes write for newspapers and magazines.  My articles have appeared in The Times, The Daily Mirror, The Week, The Independent, The New York Daily and many other places in print and online.



From the Winchester Science Festival
From the Cheltenham Sci Fest Lab Live tour
From the Cheltenham Science Festival
From the Science Aglow event with Brian Cox
From the Newcastle Science Festival Roadshow
From the A-Level Training Partnership training day

Educator

Shows for schools and science fairs


Each year I perform for thousands of students in the UK and abroad.

I have shows for primary schools, secondary schools and adults.


“Outstanding!  This was really well explained, engaging and fun!”…


.”Very engaging and energetic presentation with terrific interaction with the audience. Really brought the topic to life” 

- Various teachers

Comedian

The Ugly Animal Preservation Society and more


I have been gigging for about ten years now, mostly performing through my "comedy with a conservation twist" show, The Ugly Animal Preservation Society.


Other highlights of my comedy career include my one-hour fringe show, Frogs and Friends, touring Norway with Helen Arney and Helen Keen, appearing in Robin Ince's Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People and performing at Glastonbury.


"Had us crying with laughter"- BBC Focus

"All the wit and passion of the best comics"- Chortle

Poster from my first hour long solo comedy show
Performing at Glastonbury 2017.
MCing at Bright Club Belfast
From a performance at the Bloomsbury Theatre
From Robin Ince's 9 Carols and Lessons
Training scientists in public engagement at York University.
An actor delivering a science show I wrote for the British Postal Museum.
At the Wellcome Collection I trained researchers to deliver effectively and worked with them to develop sci com activities.
Scientists delivering busking activities that I developed for the Francis Crick Insitute.
"Cyborg alien guide" delivering the script I wrote for a costumed tour of the Bristol Science Centre.

Consultant & Trainer

I train academics, host events and develop resources.


I regularly train teachers, students and academics in science communication, public engagement and public speaking.


I have written scripts for tours, science shows, games and more for some of the country's best museums.

Artist

Theatre, digital, physical, games


Much of my art is inspired by science and nature.


In 2017 I was an Artist in Residence at the National Maritime Museum.

I make games that encourage people to play together and help them learn. I have been a consultant on about a dozen plays that have toured nationally and I make my own pieces too.  I occasionally act.

Dr Death and The MediEvil Medicine Show.
Dr Death and The MediEvil Medicine Show.
Tour poster for my scientifically and historically accurate panto about the history of medicine
Dispersal.
Dispersal.
A physical/digital game about seed dispersal I made for the Natural History Museum.
From a performance of my Metamorphosis: After Kafka and Nabokov play performed at Shoreditch Town Hall as part of Darefest.
One of my pieces exhibited at the Queens House, from when I was an artist in residence at the National Maratime Museum.
The Mirror Trap
The Mirror Trap
Promotional image from my online immersive theatre horror piece about qunatum physics and psychology.

Corporate Entertainment

Light lectures, comedy and anarchic nerdy pub quizzes


Many people from the world of business have booked me to entertain their employees and host awards ceremonies.  I can also now offer UniverSilly Challenged, a pub-quiz-cum-cabaret that I run alongside Jonny Berliner.


Conservation Advocate

Inspiring change


Much of my work is centred on spreading the news of the problems facing our planet and its wildlife.  This is a feature of my written, live, TV and museum work.

Ocean witness
Ocean witness
TX card from Ocean Witness, the Greenpeace webseries I presented with Sophie Duker
My "comedy with a conservation twist" stand-up night.
Discussing vultures live at the Natural History Museum.
A pre-show shot of a comedy night in aid of Earth Watch.
Ocean Witness TX 1
Ocean Witness TX 1

What can I do for you?