Rising Ape Collective exists to help all kinds of people think about, and have fun with, new ideas in research, technology and society. Since 2014, we’ve been doing this through immersive events, interactive theatre, games, writing and podcasts.

RISING APE PRESENTS Themed events for adults, often produced in collaboration with researchers and creatives, where the audience takes the lead through theatre and games.

RISING APE WRITES Stimulating online articles on science, life and you.

RISING APE SPEAKS (on hiatus) Podcasts and videos, in which science and technology are given the deadly serious treatment they deserve by people like unqualified pundits Antony Poveda and James Riley. 

Do you have an idea for an event, article, podcast, or something else? GET IN TOUCH. Rising Ape is insatiably inquisitive and always looking for new opportunities. 

Rising Ape Collective is…

Sam Jarman

profile‘Writes’ Editor Having finished a Physics degree, Sam decided he was probably better at writing about science than researching it, and decided to take the lazy noble path of becoming a science journalist. He’s now taking the Science Communication course at UWE in Bristol, where he met the Rising Ape team.

Sam’s biggest interests in science are astrophysics and particle physics, which he likes to try and explain to people (even the parts he doesn’t really understand himself), most likely annoying them in the process. You’d think Brian Cox would be fearing for his job, but unfortunately Sam’s voice just isn’t soothing enough to become a suitable rival. Contact Sam about writing for Rising Ape

Favourite supersymmetric particle: The sstrange squark

Alison Cryan

Creative producer Alison performed in the kitchen as a child, forcing her family to watch. Nowadays, she forces them to see her shows while sitting in bigger audiences in unexpected venues. Alison has performed in theatres across the UK and was delighted to stumble across the work of Rising Ape. She loves asking questions and after the most enchanting immersive experiences you can guarantee she’ll stay until bitter end to pick the brains of performance artists.

Alison spent a year of her degree in France studying all sorts of biological concepts and “learning” about local wines and cheeses. Thanks to her degree, Alison continues to hunt wherever she goes for leaves she has never seen before and the ultimate Burgundy wine/cheese combo. Alison never wanted to choose between science or theatre or languages, so has always kept her fingers in as many pies and bries as possible.

Favourite pie: Lemon Meringue Pie

Antony Poveda

Producer & Community Engagement Antony dreams of being an astronaut but will settle for writing the anthropomorphic tweets of space-going robots.

Until he lands that sweet gig, Rising Ape likes Antony‘s creativity, open mindedness and organisational talents. Rising Ape dislikes his self-aggrandisement and unapologetic use of the 3rd person. Talk to him about making theatre, scicomm as a service, what the brain does, occasional blogging, user experience, and the joys of collaborative work. He once inadvertently tried to make ‘sports engagement’ a thing at Science Showoff. It went okay. Read the Rising Ape blog for the latest updates.

Also known as: Project Wrangler for I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, Fixer for Bristol Scicomm Socials

Favourite quote: ‘Let’s eat. Let’s eat right now.

James Riley

James Riley Rising Ape science communicationHead of Development After attending a series of dreary science talks, James realised something had to change. Luckily he had a group of friends who shared his passions, dreams and hopes; people who could seriously revolutionise the way science and other ideas are communicated. Anyway, none of those guys were available so he got stuck with this lot.

Aside from whimsical grammar vandalism his other interests include genetics, cricket, cookery and pondering the likelihood of free will. Contrary to established philosophical thought, James has come to the conclusion that will isn’t free at all, it’s actually quite expensive.

Favourite article: ‘A Nation of Racist Dwarfs’ – Christopher Hitchens, Slate

Katie Cooper

ktbioprofileStakeholder Engagement Manager Katie spent years locked away in poorly-heated, poorly-ventilated, and over-crowded offices during her time as an academic. Conversations were confined to complaining about coding issues, excessive coffee was drunk and weekends didn’t exist; she knew something had to change.

Now she’s been embraced by Rising Ape and can be found in warm yet drafty locations, still drinking excessive amounts of coffee but now also talking passionately about science instead of moaning. Something which is far more enjoyable for everyone.

Favourite factual incorrect film to shout at: The Day After Tomorrow

David Judge

marsdebriefroversCreative Lead & Evaluation After studying Chemistry, David Judge decided he would probably be doing a service to public health and safety if he left the lab. He now spends most of the time cajoling unsuspecting members of the public into taking an interest in science and technology. Whether it’s presenting shows in At-Bristol or coming up with convoluted tasks for Rising Ape punters, David injects everything with his own sickening level of enthusiasm for learning, and dry wit which no one else seems to understand.

Having said that, there is nothing which gets David more excited than cold, hard data. If he runs after you flailing a questionnaire, please humour him.

Favourite Film: 2001 Space Odyssey

Jordan Collver

JordanCollverProfilepicArtist Jordan is a comic artist and illustrator. You can probably tell by his funny accent that he’s originally from Canada, where he had an ordinary childhood overturning rocks and putting caterpillars under his bed sheets until they pupated. In a strange turn of events, he didn’t used to believe in evolution but now he does.

He thinks more artists and scientists should be friends and is currently studying a Science Communication MSc at UWE in Bristol, where he lives with his wife and some houseplants.

Favourite planet: Jupiter

Estelle Cheuk

EstelleprofileProduction Assistant While producing science radio in London, Estelle heard rumours that something big was happening in the South West – a primate was emerging from the depths of Bristol to talk about science…or something like that. Intrigued, she caught the next train out of the Big Smoke. Lo and behold, it was her former MSc coursemates behind the ruckus – the founders of the Rising Ape Collective. Seriously impressed, she was keen to muck in. She hopes her over-excitability about most things science, unnecessary shortening of words and eager creativity will add to the team.

Estelle is a human scientist by training – she loves biology, the brain, wildlife and anything that involves an adventure or the sea. She’s training to be a TV producer and hopes that her films will someday leave her audiences inspired by the natural world and thinking that science is really, REALLY cool. Also wishes she spoke Chinese.

Anwen Bowers

10306168_10152225826738366_4658978332157245717_nFeatured Writer As a marine biology graduate, Anwen spends a lot of time on cliffs, chilled fingers clutching binoculars, eyes simultaneously peeled for both marine wildlife and the plane that will one day carry her somewhere warmer.

Committed to wildlife and conversation, Anwen enjoys talking about lessons that society can learn from nature, and which species could best carry off a top hat. Luckily she has found the Rising Ape welcomes both topics with equal enthusiasm. Despite three years of studying, it was only after writing a recent blog that she learned how to spell anemone. Read Anwen’s writing

Favourite deep sea creature: Bone eating snot flower

Jon Farrow

unnamedFeatured Writer Jonathan Farrow embodies the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none”. He’s never been able to stick to just one subject but he sure does like to write. After completing a degree in Arts & Science on the frigid shores of Lake Ontario, he decided to move to Edinburgh to study science communication and to find better weather. Obviously, his decision-making skills are suspect.

Jonathan is most interested in astronomy, biology, and where those two fields cross: astrobiology. He loves to think about the prospect of life on alien worlds. Sometimes, he turns into his alter ego, the Thoughtful Pharaoh, and shares scintillating science stories in alphabetical order. Read Jon’s A-Z series here.

Favourite Author – Isaac Asimov

Alex Hale

AlexHale‘Writes’ Editor After several years working in different labs, Alex decided that he would like to be able to go at least one day at work without something unspeakable being spilt on his shoes. A strong advocate for the Oxford comma, Alex now writes, edits, and co-manages for Rising Ape who value his resourcefulness, teamwork and endless enthusiasm.

Although comfortable chatting about most subjects, he’s most interested in medicine and technology, and looks forward to the odd heated debate about science policy with anyone who will listen for five seconds. Wishes he spoke Chinese.

Favourite book: ‘Red Dwarf’ – Grant Naylor

Siobhan Fairgreaves

siobhanFeatured writer Siobhan is an animal mad, self-appointed science ambassador with a passion for communicating complex science in a simple way. She currently studies a Masters in Science Communication at UWE and it’s great. Siobhan is Bristol based for now but heading back to the green hills of Wales before too long- after that, who knows? Read Siobhan’s writing