Jonny Berliner - science through song

Education Engagement Entertainment

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.

Academic Public Engagement

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 me, you will refine your communication skills, finding ways to express your research by defining a clear message in succinct, snappy soundbites.

I have 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.

"It was great to work with Jonny because it really helped me clarify what I wanted to communicate." - Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Science
Writing lyrics with Professor Abigail Williams of Oxford University

Writing lyrics with Professor Abigail Williams of Oxford University

Final performance of The Songwriting Experiment at the Roundhouse, London

Final performance of The Songwriting Experiment at the Roundhouse, London

Youth Engagement

Creative arts can re-engage young people who have turned their back on science or learning. Music production and song-writing are great ways to capture their imagination, build their confidence, and use their energy in a positive, practical way whilst engaging deeply in scientific ideas. Projects can work within school settings over long time periods or in informal settings over a few days.

Here is an example of a project that was run in conjunction with the Roundhouse, Wellcome Collection and researchers from UCL.