The Naked Scientist is headed to Perth!

August 7, 2013

Murdoch University will welcome world-renowned science communicator Dr Chris Smith to Perth next month as part of National Science Week.

Accompanied by a senior member of his talented team, Dr Smith will entertain the crowds as The Naked Scientist, the name of his BBC show, at a number of locations in Perth, Rockingham and Mandurah.

"Murdoch University recognises the need to inspire young people about a career in science and research through engagement and role modelling. Chris has an incredibly engaging personality and terrific communicator," said Professor David Morrison, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research at Murdoch University.

"There are a number of opportunities for the public to see and interact with The Naked Scientists, including at Murdoch’s Open Day on August 18."

Described as a spectacular, fun and explosive (but safe!) experience, The Naked Scientists take science back to the bare basics, showing just how exciting it can be.

At these upcoming performances, crowds will be treated to incredible sights, including a flame tornado, wall of foam and the 'Gherkinator'.

Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart said The Naked Scientists would also perform for students and teachers in Rockingham and Mandurah, as part of Murdoch’s MAP4U program.

"The Murdoch Aspirations and Pathways for University (MAP4U) Project is all about enabling, empowering and inspiring young students to achieve their full potential," Professor Taggart said.

"We want students in Rockingham, Kwinana and Mandurah to believe they can achieve, especially in science. Hopefully, The Naked Scientists will help them realise that the possibilities for study in science are endless!"

Members of the public are welcome to see The Naked Scientists in action at Murdoch University’s Open Day on Sunday, August 18.

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The Naked Scientists will appear at the following locations:

Saturday 10 August, Perth City

Dr Chris Smith will bring his family-friendly science show to the general public at the State Library from 12 noon, finishing at 1.00pm. From 1.30pm, The Naked Scientists will be in the Cultural Centre, interacting with fans.

Tuesday 13 August, Rockingham

The Naked Scientists will share morning tea with local high school students in the Library Foyer of Murdoch’s Rockingham campus from 9.30am. Then, the team will head to Lecture Theatre 1 to perform an explosive hour-long show for the students from 10.30am.

Tuesday 13 August, Mandurah

The Naked Scientists will perform an explosive hour-long show for local students in the Lecture Theatre of Murdoch’s Peel campus from 1.00pm.

From 5.30pm, Dr Chris Smith will address local principals, school and community representatives at the Science Aspirations Dinner at Mandurah Quay. He will give a keynote address about inspiring students to study science. Seats are still available for this event at a cost of $49 per person. For more information, contact Kelsey Gillespie.

Sunday 18 August, Murdoch Open Day

Dr Chris Smith, with The Naked Scientists, will perform two spectacular, fun and explosive (but safe!) 90-minute shows in the Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre. Media, and members of the public, are welcome to attend either the 10.30am or 2.00pm show, with interview opportunities available.

Open Day 2013 is expected to attract over 11,000 people to Murdoch’s South Street campus. In addition to information about courses and careers, there will be rides, competitions, musical performances, demonstrations and a wide range of activities to suit all ages. Learn more at

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