The ugly animal roadshow

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Friday 13 May

The Theatre

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  • Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) male Labuk Bay, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

    By Charlesjsharp (Own work, from Sharp Photography) via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

  • Type

    Talk particularly suitable for ages 12+
  • Speakers


Standard £14

Concession £10

Discounts for Ri Members and Ri Young Members

Event description

The Ugly Animal Preservation Society, celebrates and explores the incredible biology of the animal kingdom’s most monstrous.  What adaptations make them amazing?  How did such hideous creatures evolve in the first place? Featuring videos, demos and audience participation, Simon Watt will showcase  the ugliest of the animal kingdom that he wants us all to be fighting for.


Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter.

He runs Ready Steady Science, a science communication company committed to making information interesting and runs the Ugly Animal Preservation Society which went on to find global notoriety when it teamed up with the National Science and Engineering Competition to host an online vote for the ugliest animal on the planet.

He has also written articles for national newspapers and his book The Ugly Animals: We Can't All be Pandas. He is a regular contributor to TV and radio and is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants.

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