Cerys is a PhD student in the Crime and Security Science Department at UCL. They study the people who buy drugs on the internet and the efficacy of law enforcement attempts to stop them. In their spare time, they are a comedian, a podcast producer, editor and presenter, and freelance science communicator.
Cerys performs stand-up comedy at science comedy nights, LGBTQ+ comedy nights and just comedy comedy nights, they perform to sold out crowds and the occasional empty pub basement.
They use a unique blend of biting sarcasm, goofy anecdotes, and powerpoint draw to tackle topics like institutional homophobia within science and their parents' divorce.
Cerys took their first solo show to the Green Man festival, 2017 and will be returning with it to the Brighton Fringe this May.
Cerys has been podcasting since they were 16 and first tried community radio (on Stroud FM). They ran the pop-science podcast "Have You Tried Science?" from 2014-2015 on UCL Rare FM and continues to make science audio media for UCL Culture.
They write, edit, and produce podcasts about science, museums, and the LGBTQ+ community. They have worked with historians, scientists, and academics to produce accessible, professional, and entertaining pieces of media about a huge range of subjects from the testing of Jeremy Bentham's DNA to the first wheel-spun pot.
In the works, they have a series of podcasts for each of the UCL Museums which is coming soon. And, recently they produced and edited the audioguide Bricks and Mortals, a history of eugenics told through buildings.
Their new project is the Coming Out Tapes, an audio archive of LGBTQ+ stories.
Cerys delivers a range of lectures and workshops on their research subject - cybercrime, to students aged 8 to 18. They have worked with organisations such as UCL Widening Participation, the ESU, and the Brilliant Club.
Outside of their academic speciality, they have a passion for LGBTQ+ history and so also research the history of scientific research on the LGBTQ+ community. They have presented their findings for the Skeptics, Oxford, Nerd Nite, London and Babble Talks, Tooting. They are a Stonewall School Role Model and give talks on LGBTQ+ history and experiences in schools.
Additionally, Cerys has 7 years of experience teaching debating and public speaking to children and adults.
They also teach science podcasting for several academic courses at UCL and ran a workshop on this subject at the London Podcast Festival