" Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact". - Thomas Huxley

Timandra Harkness

Formerly director of FameLab, Cheltenham Science Festival's search for new talent in Science Communication, and of engaging cogs, a forum for public discussion around engineering, Timandra now works as a consultant and trainer in sharing science and engineering with the public. She hosts and facilitates events for organisations including the Wellcome Collection and the British Council. Science writing work includes writing scripts and text for interactive exhibitions in the UK and abroad.

Timandra spent five years performing solo stand up comedy after running away from the circus, and is now half of THE COMEDY RESEARCH PROJECT, a double act with scientist Dr. Helen Pilcher.

She has written and directed two short films and, with Linda Cotterill, written a feature film about a man going to Mars in his own hall cupboard, with support from the UK Film Council. Their comedy, No Future in Eternity , was broadcast twice on BBC Radio 4 after a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Timandra won the 1997 Independent newspaper column-writing competition with a short piece on goat-borrowing. She now writes for newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, WIRED and BBC Focus on science, technology and motoring.

First broadcast on 6th November 2009.

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