The 2nd Sydney BAHFest

BAHFest is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect scientific theory. Our brave speakers present their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together determine who takes home the coveted BAHFest trophy. And eternal glory, of course.

Come join us on Friday, August 18th 2017 at the Powerhouse Museum.

Submissions are now open until 9am AEST, Friday, June 9th on https://form.jotform.us/71258685096165

 

 

Judges and Speakers

Rae Johnston

Rae Johnston

Host

Rae is a video game, technology, science and entertainment journalist/television and radio presenter, who aims to present news and opinions in a way that can be appreciated by hardcore fans and newcomers alike. A proud Wiradjuri woman with Greek, Irish, Welsh, German and Mongolian ancestry, she is a geek Mum to her teenage son. Rae is a full-time journalist at Gizmodo Australia, and is a from hosting on The Point, appearing on The Project, presenting on Triple J, and hosting and producing Gizomodo’s podcast Static.

Ruben Meerman

Ruben Meerman

Keynote

Ruben the author of Big Fat Myths which reveals the true fate of fat and lifts the lid on weight loss nonsense. He is a surfer with a physics degree and a passion for all things scientific. Ruben appeared on ABC Television’s flagship science program, Catalyst,  Studio 3, Sleek Geeks, Roller Coaster, Triple J’s Super Request, and he was the first ever resident scientist on Play School. He visits hundreds of primary and high schools every year, speaks at conferences, MC’s events, has published hundreds of resources for teachers and written four children’s books full of experiments. He has appeared on, Can We Help, Sunrise, Today and Mornings with Kerri-Anne.

Tilly Boleyn

Tilly Boleyn

Judge

Tilly Boleyn is a curator of science, health and medicine at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney. After collecting a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Microbiology, she was ready for a glittering career that involved bossing around lab rats and collecting samples in swamps. So far it hasn't quite turned out that way...

Instead, Tilly worked as a researcher before trading in her love/hate relationship with pipettes and RNA extractions for a job as a science broadcaster at the ABC. Over the next few years, she did a multitude of things – coordinating live science stage shows for school kids, researching for science TV shows such as Sleek Geeks and managing the Ultimo Science Festival.

James Colley

James Colley

Judge

James Colley is a Young Walkley Nominated satirist, writer for ABC TV's The Weekly and Gruen, creator of SBS Comedy's The Backburner, Eats Straight From A Garbage Can.

Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith

Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith

Judge

Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith is an award-winning astronomer with a talent for making the secrets of the universe accessible to all. Lisa is a television host, speaker and MC with an extensive knowledge of physics and space. She has performed in sold-out theatres across Australia with science superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson and Apollo astronauts Dr. Buzz Aldrin and Capt. Gene Cernan. She has appeared at the World Science Festival, Vivid Ideas, Sydney Mardi Gras and the Sydney Science Festival. Lisa recently talked with Brian Cox about black holes in BBC Stargazing Live and in Brian Cox: Life Of A Universe, which aired on ABC television in March 2017.

Leigh Nicholson

Leigh Nicholson

Judge

Leigh Nicholson is doing her PhD in cancer cell biology and has a Vitamin D deficiency from spending so much time in microscope dark-rooms. She won last year's BAHFest and does regular science communication events at a rate directly proportional to her stress over thesis submission.