Level Up Human - feature in a live comedy science podcast panel show

About Level Up Human 

Let's redesign the human! We'll soon be able to edit our genome, travel in driverless cars, hug companion robots... let's write a to-do list for humanity.

Wouldn't it be great to zoom in with your eyes, change colour at will or type with your feet?

Our guest judges consider pitches from experts, the studio audience and Mother Nature herself in pursuit of good ideas for the next stage of humanity.

How can you get involved?

If you are a physiologist looking to broaden your skills outside of the lab and inspire others to take an interest in science then this could be the perfect opportunity for you. The Physiological Society has funded a series of Level Up Human podcasts and we are looking for a different member to sit on the panel for each of the nine new episodes. If successful in being selected to sit on the panel you will be asked to answer the question: ‘if you were to redesign the human body what would you change?’

The first opportunity to get involved will be on 15 June 2019 in Manchester. 

Dates for two further recordings have been confirmed and will be based at the Barbican in London: 

16 July 2019

20 Aug 2019

There will be more dates and venues to follow if you can’t make these. 

If you are interested in finding out more and speaking to the creators of the podcast then please email outreach@physoc.org. You can also find out more about the podcast or listen to previous episodes here: http://leveluphuman.com/


Work with The Society to design an outreach activity 

We are currently looking for Members working on physiology and space to help us design an outreach activity for 2019. This is an exciting opportunity for physiologists of any level to develop their skills and translate their own research into something to inspire and inform those around them. 

If you are interested or would like to find out more then please email outreach@physoc.org 

Public Engagement Toolkit

In collaboration with Science Communicator Sai Pathmanathan and three of our members Lizzie Hill, Lydia Hanna and Soraya Meftah we have put together two hands on activities for you to download and use at your own public engagement events (they are perfect for Physiology Friday)! They come with instructions and resources and you don’t need to be an expert in the science of sleep to run them. There is also a template available with the Race to Sleep board game so you can adapt it for your own research. 

Please do let us know if you use the activities by emailing outreach@physoc.org. We love to hear about all of the public engagement and outreach projects that our members are getting involved in! 

Download the activities:

Physiology Friday – Friday 11 October 2019

Every October we ask physiologists to unite in celebration of Physiology Friday, an annual event falling on the last Friday of Biology Week.

We call on all our Members to help showcase the important and amazing world of human and animal bodies through outreach and public engagement activities.  Hold an open day in your lab, put on an exhibition, organise a public lecture or debate, visit schools or local community groups, bake a cake, write a poem, start a social media campaign, do all you can to spread your passion for the science of life.

Dates for the diary:

Physiology Friday 2019  Friday, 11 October 2019

There is also a limited amount of funding available to support our members to go into schools to promote physiology and for members to host activities to promote physiology and The Society at their institution.

If you are interested in putting on an event for your school or community group and/or in getting some financial support for an event, please email outreach@physoc.org

Biobakes 2019- August-October 

Get those mixing bowls and cake tins at the ready as we are delighted to bring back our annual physiology baking competition for its fifth year. Using creativity and originality to rise to the top, entrants should produce a baked good representing physiology, the science of life. If you are able to use sugar craft to show cell division, or shortcrust pastry to demonstrate muscle function, savoury or sweet, we want to see it! Find out more.

The Naked Scientists - scriptwriters and/or narrator physiologists needed!

Based at Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), the Naked Scientists are a team of scientists, doctors and communicators whose passion is to help the general public to understand and engage with the worlds of science, technology and medicine.

We awarded the Naked Scientists a public engagement grant to create a series of short videos on a head to toe journey of the human body which will be broadcasted to their huge following via their radio show and on Youtube

They are looking for expert physiologists in the following fields to do some script writing: 

  • Hindbrain & midbrain
  • Forebrain
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Blood vessels & blood pressure
  • Blood: gas carriage & clotting
  • Digestion: oesophagus and stomach
  • Uterus & placenta
  • Skeleton and bone
  • Speech
  • Ribcage (diaphragm)
  • Homeostasis
  • Heart failure
  • Cold
  • Space (microgravity)
  • pH balance
  • Overeating & obesity
  • Infection & fever
  • Growth
  • Drug Use

If you or anyone you know might be interested in this opportunity or would like to find out more then please email adam@thenakedscientists.com or outreach@physoc.org.

Careers Hive 2019 - New opportunity with one of our public engagement grant awardees!

About Careers Hive 2019

Careers Hive is a free immersive careers education event designed by Edinburgh International Science Festival to give students in S1-S3 a new way to think about their futures. It highlights the opportunities available to those who study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), as well as the cross-disciplinary skills and subjects that supports and enhances STEM careers. We aim to provide students with an exciting and memorable experience, and inspire their thinking about what is possible with their careers. 

Careers Hive needs volunteers!

We are looking for people from a range of STEM industry backgrounds, and if you got to where you are via non-traditional routes, or through apprenticeships, that’s even better. Please have a look at the attached flyer for more details on volunteering at the event.

You can choose to volunteer for any, and as many days as you like. You will be required to volunteer for at least two half days, but preferably 1-2 full days. As a volunteer you will also gain access to Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Communicating with Confidence training course. 

Training – why do it?

Feedback over the past few years shows those who undertake the Communicating with Confidence training get much more out of their experience. At training the Science Festival gives you a detailed overview of the whole event, meaning you are in a great position to answer questions informatively and with confidence. It also allows you to get your ‘STEM story’ straight, and to be able to explain your career journey and your work in a way that is easy to understand, without using jargon. We want our volunteers to enjoy the day as much as the visitors do, and pre-event training is an excellent way to make this happen.

The training options are listed below and you can choose which one you would like to attend on the Volunteer Form:

  • Monday 11 February 2pm–5pm
  • Tuesday 12 February 5pm–8pm
  • Thursday 14 February 2pm–5pm

Please have a look at our website if you want to know more details about the event or about the Edinburgh International Science Festival in general.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact outreach@physoc.org or careershive@scifest.co.uk