Jonny Berliner

Science troubadour and pioneer of geek pop. Educator, songwriter, playwright, musician

Science troubadour, Jonny Berliner, is a pioneer of the Geekpop genre. His unique geeky brand of comedy science songs were originally commissioned for the Guardian Science Podcast and have now been sung in all sorts of scientific places.

He’s sung about DNA at Cambridge's Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Michael Faraday at the Royal Institution, and the Higg’s boson at the LHC! He’s performed alongside Robin Ince and Brian Cox at the Hammersmith Apollo, been the warm up act for Richard Dawkins, been featured on the Radio 4 Rambling Show, and played science festivals up and down the country.

Jonny is also an experienced science educator in the formal and informal education sectors, a playwright who has penned straight plays and musical comedies for both adult and young audiences and a versatile multi-instrumentalist.


Work with Jonny to distil your research into a fully produced song for use in talks, youtube explainers, events, and any other academic outreach you can think of. By going through the songwriting process with him, you will refine your communication skills, finding ways to express your research by defining a clear message in succinct, snappy soundbites.

Jonny has worked with researchers across all disciplines at Oxford University to help them translate their research into song. Here are some of the things that they have said about the process.



Jonny has also worked in conjunction with researchers from UCL, Wellcome Collection and the Roundhouse to help run the Songwriting Experiment, where a research project on sexual attitudes and behaviours was devised, carried out and documented in song by a group of young people. This was a great example of academic outreach to work with harder to reach audiences.

Get in touch to find out how to turn your research into song, or to encourage young people to  consider research in your field using songwriting and production workshops.