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Meet Ginny and the Braintastic! Team


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Teachers and parents are busy people. You don’t have time to scour the internet for fantastic performers to wow your kids during science week, or at the end of the term, or for activities to keep your kids busy learning and having fun at weekends or in the holidays. Luckily, you've found Braintastic!

Started by University of Cambridge graduate Ginny Smith, Braintastic! provides exciting educational shows, resources and science clubs about our amazing brains for schools, festivals, families and events around the world. Our goal is to inspire, engage, and educate, giving students the confidence to celebrate their curiosity and appreciate the complexities of their brains.

At Braintastic! we saw a gap in the market for content packed full of hands on experiments and demos to get kids thinking about how their brains work, based on the latest scientific research. All our presenters have at least one degree in neuroscience or psychology, so you can be sure you are getting an expert. And they are all fantastic storytellers, so you know your students will be in for a memorable experience. 

Our shows and activities help students to:


Know more about their brains & how to get the best out of them


Think about neuroscience and psychology as potential careers


Appreciate the importance of scientific thinking even in non-scientists’


Realise that science is part of life.


Reignite their curiosity and enjoyment of science.


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Ginny Smith

Braintastic!'s founder Ginny is a science writer and presenter with expertise in psychology and neuroscience. She has a talent for making the complex comprehensible, and a passion to bring her love of brain science to audiences around the world.

Ginny has presented at a wide range of schools, as well as at some of the biggest science festivals in the UK, including Cambridge, Cheltenham, and the Big Bang Fair, and international venues like Frost Science in Miami. She loves performing and engaging young people with neuroscience, but her favourite part of any show is Q & A. Encouraging children to question fosters their curiosity and a long-term love of science.

When not working with Braintastic!, Ginny also produces content about the brain for adults. ‘Overloaded’ her first solo book, about brain chemistry, will be published by Bloomsbury in April 2021. She is a regular blogger and video presenter for the Cosmic Shambles Network, alongside some of the biggest names in science, from Brian Cox to Matt Parker. She also shares her skills as a science communication trainer and consultant. She is passionate about providing scientists and organisations with the techniques they need to grab their audience's attention and keep it. For more on Ginny’s other work, please visit

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Alina Ivan

Alina helps to develop and present our fabulous Braintastic! activities and shows when she’s not working as a Psychology postgraduate on @RADARCNS-depression. She is passionate about mental health research, cognition, media and science communication as well as art-science collaborations. Her work as a Science Communicator for Kings College, contributor for the Culture section of The Psychologist and co-founder of the ‘Plugging In’ podcast series made her a perfect fit for our team. We’re passionate about sharing our love for science with the world too!


As part of our fantastic presenting team, Emma brings a wealth of experience in science communication and public engagement, having worked with varied audiences around the world. She is passionate about making science accessible, engaging and understandable to all. 

Emma started off as a Biochemist before moving on to complete a PhD in Neuroscience, and then working with families impacted by Huntington's disease. Emma is now a lecturer at Cardiff University and she brings her science communication expertise to lectures, including demos, props and mini-discos. Emma loves all sorts of science communication and she is currently working on her first solo book proposal . She is so excited to become part of the Braintastic team.  

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