Performing Science

improvscience designs and implements programs that develop scientists’ ability to communicate and collaborate with one another. Dr. Raquell Holmes discovered that building playful learning groups, expands scientists and technical professionals ability to collaborate, innovate and lead productive careers.

The Living Improv Experiment (LIVE) is improvised entertainment featuring scientists' lives. This entertaining event is available for conferences, meetings and any occasion celebrating scientists, their lives and their work.


improvscience created the Living Improv Experiment, or LIvE, to explore what it's like for scientists to improvise -- and be improvised about. Watch clips of the 2015 event here! 

Dr. Raquell Holmes and Eric Olson, a research journalist, recently spoke about science communication.

February 18-21, 2015: Holmes and Tim Hickey, founders of the New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium, will lead attendees at the Tapia Conference in a discussion to foster Taking Action to Increase Diversity in Computing.

Are you exploring, researching, or practicing performance in science? Join us for Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research 2015 presented by improvscience and hosted by UC Berkeley TRUST Center.

Wednesday, Oct 1st at 12 p.m. as part of the Consortium on Science, Policy and Outcomes, Dr. Holmes will be giving a talk on why scientists are creating new, experimental social spaces in which to talk about and do science. These spaces include hacker-spaces, DIY labs, Dance your Ph.D., science communication challenges (ACS Chemistry Champs), free access publications, and massive collaborations? How do we understand the emergence of these socio cultural events and norms?

Every year the Anita Borg Institute convenes the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The Computing Research Association's Committee on Women (CRA-W) in conjunction with this conference provides a series of career development workshops to assist women in navigating and leading their careers.

The Graduate Partnership Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is bringing improvscience to work with the graduate students at its annual retreat. This workshop, improv for STEM professionals, is one we love to do. It's a simple, yet important investment in strengthening a research community: building networks, making friends, and having fun while learning a bit about science and career development.

June 19th, 2014, the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology, otherwise known as TRUST is having its annual summer institute: Women's Institute in Summer Enrichment (WISE). Leading researchers in cybersecurity will spend the week with faculty, postdocs and graduate students in computer science with the goal of furthering their technical expertise and professional networks.


Performing science looks at the cultural, creative process of what we commonly call “doing science.”  These projects are part of  discovering the benefits of seeing performance in science.