Announcing science made simple: South of England open for business

science made simple's new branch is based at the Open University.






After a highly successful launch event, science made simple are proud to announce that their brand new branch is officially open. They celebrated the launch the way they do everything else: with science! This involved spinning cava above their heads using centripetal force, creating enormous bubbles, and performing a live ultrasound scan upon the guests.

Thanks to a partnership with The Open University, science made simple are now bringing science to life from their new location in Milton Keynes. As the UK’s leading science show company, science made simple look forward to inspiring many more of the next generation of scientists and engineers by accessing more of the UK from the new branch.

Dr Arlëne Hunter, Head of the Environment, Earth and Ecosystems Department at The Open University where the new science made simple branch is based, opened the event last night and welcomed the guests, including Open University staff, local teachers and educators.

Wendy Sadler, founding director of science made simple then explained the company’s mission and history. She said “I am so proud to see the opening of our latest branch. It is our mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, and under Dr Gunn’s capable hands, we can spread our passion for science to even more people”.

Manager of the new South of England branch, Dr Leanne Gunn, gave an impassioned speech about her journey from starting her studies in volcanology, to where she is now, and her inspiring vision for science made simple: South of England to be a hub for science communication. Leanne spoke about hoping to replicate the success and ethos of science made simple headquarters in Cardiff in the new location at The Open University.

There followed a showcase of some of science made simple’s most popular demonstrations by presenter Becky Holmes, including a live ultrasound scan on members of the audience, making giant and cube-shaped bubbles, and generating sound with a wine glass and a blowtorch. The office was declared officially open when Becky used centripetal force to spin cava around her head in a full circle, to the general amazement of the assembled guests.


Left: Becky finding her volunteer’s carotid artery using a portable ultrasound machine

Below: Wendy using a blowtorch to create sound









Becky said: “the children absolutely loved the science demonstrations, and the adults were very receptive to our mission, with collaborations already beginning to form during the evening, including a bond with the home educators’ community.”

The evening concluded with a prize draw and goody bags of science demonstrations, so that everyone could help to spread a passion for science.

Commenting on social media after the event, local home educator Azimi Anionu said, “Impressive enthusiasm for an evening science ‘class’, shows your passion for what you do”.

Nany McQuillan added “Thank you so much for tonight, thoroughly enjoyed it, can’t wait to get something sorted for us home edders….. The kids will love it!”


If you missed the event, you can still access great science articles and activities for all ages on the science made simple website, or get in touch to enquire about a science event or communication training tailored for your needs.

If you would like to find out more about science made simple: South of England, please contact science made simple on 02920 876 884, or contact Dr Leanne Gunn directly at


Science made simple are an award-winning independent outreach company with over 13 years’ experience of developing educational performances that tour to around 450 schools each year. We are a social enterprise with a mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and to encourage learning in a fun and interactive way through live performances. We have reached over 750,000 people to date through our performances and many more through our work taking science onto TV and radio shows.


Our reputation for quality and innovation has led to us receiving a number of high-profile awards including the  ‘Innovator’ award from Learning outside the Classroom, the Rooke Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering (for the promotion of engineering) and the EU Descartes prize – a European award for innovation in the field of science communication.



Dr Leanne Gunn, Manager of science made simple Milton Keynes

02920 876 884


Ms Wendy Sadler, Founding Director of science made simple

02920 876 884