Get Involved

Volunteers needed!

In London? Are you free on 12 - 16 Feb and want to be part of an inspiring community festival?

To get involved please complete our volunteer form.

SMASHfestUK is back for 2018 as our new theme - FLOOD! - takes over The Albany Theatre and Deptford Lounge over Feb half term 12 - 16 Feb in South East London.

This year we are tackling a topical and challenging subject - a climate change induced flood that submerges London. We'll be exploring how to understand the phenomena, survive the event and rebuild society afterwards. SMASHfestUK is not an ordinary festival - our strong storyline illuminates the power of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) to confront and resolve challenges through creativity, building science capital in the local community.

We are looking for passionate individuals to assist with activities at the festival. You don't need to know loads about science, engineering or arts, just be interested in providing fun, free events accessible for all!

By taking part you’ll be volunteering alongside young people from our Young Explainers & Innovators programme, helping to inspire and guide them at the festival too. Our previous projects with young people have been recognised for their unique impact - including the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, The Engineer Young Innovator - Engagement Initiative award and NCCPE Public Engagement with Research in STEM Award. We hope you can join us for another inspiring year.


Whether you’re free all week or just for a few hours we want to hear from you! You’ll gain SMASHfestUK volunteer training, focusing on the local community and STEAM (STEM and the Arts) engagement.

Volunteers are provided with travel and food expenses, a free t-shirt, and the chance to work with a diverse range of artists, scientists and community groups.

Key Responsibilities

• Engage visitors with the programme of events, from installations to experiments

• Greet and support visitors to the space as they arrive

• Act as the initial point of contact for visitor queries

• Support the core team to deliver some aspects of the festival

• Keep a record of visitors and conduct evaluation for the festival

Person Specification

• Reliable and punctual

• Have an interest in the arts, STEM and cultural engagement

• Happy to work with others as part of a team

• Passionate about working with local communities

To get involved please complete our volunteer form.

Have a question or query? Do contact us at

SMASHfestUK is a small community organisation and as a result benefits hugely from the support of volunteers. If you have a particular interest that you'd like to pursue, let us know and we’ll try when it’s possible to meet this for your own personal development.

If you’re a SCIENTIST or ENGINEER and would like to share your research at the festival or simply use your skills please let us know.  You can drop us an email to with the subject line ‘FLOOD 2018 VOLUNTEERING’ to chat to us more!

YOUNG EXPLAINERS (16-18 years)

Are you 16 -18 and want to get involved? Join our Young Explainers scheme to develop skills, meet new people and gain valuable STEM and the Arts experience. 

Key Responsibilities

• Engage visitors with installations, exhibits and events.

• Facilitate hands on activities.

• Help explain the ideas, science and technology behind the installations and events.

• Interview visitors for evaluation and feedback

Person Specification

• Reliable and punctual

• Have an interest in the Arts, STEM and culture

• Happy to work with others as part of a team

• Passionate about working with diverse groups of people e.g. children and adults

You will gain...

• Training before and support during and after the festival.

• Mentoring and guidance.

• New skills to boost your personal statement.

• Opportunities to develop skills and CV in your chosen professional area.

•  Lunch and travel expenses.

• The chance to be a core part of an exciting science and arts festival!

To get involved please complete our Young Explainer form.

Any queries or questions please contact Esther on