The University of Manchester is recruiting Science Buskers to support events taking place during this year’s Manchester Science Festival (MSF).

We are seeking enthusiastic postdoctoral associates, postgraduates and undergraduates from across the University who are interested in inspiring and engaging the general public in science, technology, engineering and maths. This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of the Festival.

What will you do?
Science Busking involves approaching people, showing them intriguing and entertaining science demonstrations or tricks – much like street magicians! As a Science Busker, you will help to enthuse and engage with hundreds of Festival visitors, bringing the fun and wonder of hands-on science tricks to the streets of Manchester.

You’ll be selected as part of small cohort of Science Buskers, so you get to meet and work with like-minded people and enjoy a positive and memorable experience.

Whether this is your first foray or you are already experienced in the art of science communication we want to hear from you!

You need to be:

  • Outgoing, friendly and confident: You’ll be working with family audiences from children to grandparents, so you need to be comfortable talking to a range of people. Intrigued by science: you don’t need a qualification, but an interest and enthusiasm for science and the ability to communicate scientific concepts clearly
  • Willing to learn: We’ll put you through science busking training (24 October) and a mentored practice session at Manchester Museum (29 October)
  • Reliable and committed: We are asking you to commit to 4 hours of science busking, from 10:00 – 14:00 on Saturday 2 November, here in Manchester.

What you can expect from us:

  • Training and mentoring.
  • All the busking kit you’ll need to become a Science Busker.
  • A branded t-shirt to wear on the day.
  • Valuable experience of working on a high-profile public engagement project.
  • A small token of thanks in the form of an Amazon voucher (once you complete your shift).

Key dates:

  • Mon 21 October: Applications of interest close
  • Thu 24 October: Practical training session (9:30 – 14:30, lunch provided)
  • Tue 29 October: Mentored practice at Manchester Museum (12:00 – 14:00)
  • Sat 2 November: Science Busking on Oxford Road, Manchester (10:00 – 14:00)

Places are limited and this is a selective process. However you can still attend the training, even if you do not go on to be selected this time round.

How can I apply?

  • Download the Call-for-Science-Buskers-2013_Application_Form (doc) (If on a PC, you will need to right click and download the doc)
  • By applying, you are indicating your availability and commitment to attend the training and practice session before the Science Busking event itself.

How can I find out more?
For more information about becoming a science busker please email: Dee-Ann Johnson :

This event is part of Manchester Science Festival; Come out and play, create and experiment at this 11 day Festival.