Dr Lindsay Keith BSc, PGCertHE, PhD

Creative Research Fellow

Summary – Dr Lindsay Keith is a Research Fellow within the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Skills with a specific research interest in public engagement with science and the arts which she practices through delivery of award-winning festival SMASHfestUK


Lindsay is a Research Fellow in the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts at the University of Greenwich. She began her academic research career as the Blandford Research Scholar at Imperial College London in 1993 in biomedical research. After completing her PhD there she worked as a Research Associate at the University of Newcastle, before working in the broadcast industry as a producer and director of science documentaries and programmes for 15 years. She has made programmes for all of the major broadcasters (BBC1&2, Ch4, five, Sky, Discovery, History etc) over a range of genres including specialist factual, factual entertainment, schools and children's TV. Since 2011 she has segued her broadcast work with public engagement in science and widening participation work via The Refinery (www.refinery.tv) during which she founded and produced a new science and arts mash-up festival (www.smashfestuk.com) and has worked on short documentaries and other communications films for numerous science, engineering and medical organisations as well as producing TV commercials for corporate clients. Since 2015 she has married this public engagement work with her position as a research fellow at the University of Greenwich.

Responsibilities within the university

I am responsible for research and practice concerned with the delivery of SMASHfestUK (www.smashfestuk.com)and outward-facing partnership building for the department and wider university with organisations including museums, businesses and community groups. I am also responsible for delivery of employability services within the department and teach Pre-Production and Industry Skills, and Digital Enterprise courses to Film and TV students.


  • SMASHfestUK Winner of National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCPPE) "Engage" award for Public Engagement with STEM, 2016
  • Superhuman (researcher) BBC1 series (2000), six programmes BMA Gold Medal Award, Emmy nomination.
  • Mechannibals, BBC 2 BAFTA Awards Scotland (Nomination) - Best Entertainment Programme (Producer/Director)
  • The Garage - Discovery Broadcast Award Nomination - Best Factual Entertainment 2007 (Development Producer and Producer/Director

Research / Scholarly interests

My research interests revolve around public engagement with STEM/Arts ("STEAM") which is practised through the delivery of Award Winning Festival "SMASHfestUK" (www.smashfestuk.com), which was developed according to a model designed specifically to widen participation an increase diversity in STEAM.

Key funded projects

  • Wellcome Trust: Broadcast Development Award 2009: For documentary development.
  • (£10,000) MS and Me with Simon Donald from Viz magazine.
  • Wellcome Trust: Broadcast Development Award 2013: For TV pilot development 'The Science of Superheroes' £7000
  • Wellcome Trust: People Award 2014 for SMASHfestUK: Asteroid (pilot) £29,900
  • Wellcome Trust People Award 2015 for SMASHfestUK: Solar Storm £39800
  • Wellcome Trust People Award 2016 for SMASHfestUK: Supervolcano
  • Arts Council 2014 (Grants for the Arts): for SMASHfestUK: Asteroid (pilot) £15,000
  • Arts Council 2015 (Grants for the Arts): for SMASHfestUK: Solar Storm £15,000
  • Arts Council 2015 (Grants for the Arts): for SMASHfestUK: Supervolcano £15,000
  • L&Q Housing Association, 2015 for SMASHfestUK: Asteroid (pilot) £5,000
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015 for SMASHfestUK: Solar Storm £10,000
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council for SMASHfestUK: Solar Storm £8,400
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council for SMASHfestUK: Supervolcano £9,900

Recent publications


Keith, Lindsay and , Griffiths, Wyn (2020), “Space Plague”: an investigation into immersive theatre and narrative transportation effects in informal pandemic science education. Sissa Medialab srl. In: , , , . Sissa Medialab srl, Journal of Science Communication, 19 (7) ISSN: 1824-2049 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.22323/2.19070801).

Keith, Lindsay and , Griffiths, Wyn (2020), Communities and Narratives in Neglected Spaces: Voices from SMASHfestUK. In: , , , . , JCOM: journal of science communication ISSN: 1824-2049 (Print), (doi: ).

Griffiths, Wyn , Gaunt, Sarah, Keith, Lindsay, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (2017), INGENIOUS Survival at SMASHfestUK. Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation. In: , , , . Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (doi: https://qeprize.org/createthefuture/ingenious-survival-smashfestuk/).

Griffiths, Wyn , Keith, Lindsay, Cunningham, Elizabeth, Science and Technology Facilities Council , UK Research and Innovation (2017), Engaging through disaster: reaching new audiences with SMASHfestUK. STFC. In: , , , . STFC, UKRI STFC website (doi: http://www.stfc.ac.uk/files/engaging-through-disaster/).

Conference item

Keith, Lindsay , Griffiths, Wyn, The Engineer, The Royal Academy of Engineering , The UK Space Agency (2017), Young Innovator Award: The Engineer. SMASHfestUK Survival Village and Young Explainer Programme. In: The Engineer: Collaborate to Innovate Conference, December 7th 2017, The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry , . , (doi: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/c2i-2017-collaborative-engineering-innovation/) NB Item availability restricted.

Lindsay, Keith , Griffiths, Wyn, Refinery Productions Ltd (2016), SMASHfestUK: A Festival. A big story. An adventure. National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. In: Engage 2016: Inspiring Innovation, November 29th and 20th 2016, Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel , Engage 2016: Inspiring Innovatio. National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, Bristol (SMASHfestUK: A Festival. A big story. An adventure.) . pp. 1-1 (doi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4haWzkJBNU8).

Keith, Lindsay , Griffiths, Wyn, Refinery Productions Limited, 07144874 (2015), SMASHfestUK: Exploring approaches for widening participation and increasing diversity in STEM through the Arts. In: Science in Public 2015, 9th - 10th July 2015, University of the West of England , . , (doi: ).


Keith, Lindsay , Department for Environment Food and Rural-affairs (DEFRA), Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, Refinery Productions Ltd (2014), Dangerous Dog Ownership Community Engagement Programme. UK Government (DEFRA). In: , , , . UK Government (DEFRA), (doi: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dealing-with-irresponsible-dog-ownership-practitioners-manual).


Keith, Lindsay and , Griffiths, Wyn (2020), SMASHfestUK: A science and arts festival for young people and families specifically designed to engage underserved and under-represented audiences.. In: SMASHfestUK:2015-2018, 2015 - 2018, Albany Theatre and Deptford Lounge, London, UK , . , (doi: )

Keith, Lindsay , Griffiths, Wyn, Royal Academy of Engineering, Refinery Productions Ltd (2018), SMASHfestUK Earth and Sky Tour 2017. In: SMASHfestUK: The Earth and Sky Tour, 13 May 2017 - 28th October 2017, Woolwich, Colindale, Neath, Bradford, Gloucester , . , (doi: http://www.smashfestuk.com)

Keith, Lindsay , Griffiths, Wyn, SMASHfestUK, Refinery Productions Ltd (2018), STEM the TIDE. Narrative-driven semi-immersive Variety Performance. In: STEM the TIDE at SMASHfestUK 2018: Flood!, 15-16 February 2018, Albany Theatre London, SE8 , . , (doi: https://smashfestuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SMASH2018prog.pdf)

Keith, Lindsay , Griffiths, Wyn, Spurring, Sally, Lie, Esther , Elizabeth, O'Rourke , SMASHfestUK , Refinery Productions Ltd (2018), The Curious Case of the Flood in the Night Time. In: SMASHfestUK 2018: Flood!, 12-18 Feb 2018, Albany Theatre and Deptford Lounge, London, SE8 , . , (doi: http://smashfestuk.com/)

Griffiths, Wyn , Keith, Lindsay, SMASHfestUK, Refinery Productions Ltd (2017), SMASHfestUK 2017 - Supervolcano!. In: SMASHfestUK 2017: Supervolcano, 12-18 Feb 2017, Albany Theatre and Deptford Lounge, London, SE8 , . , (doi: http://www.smashfestuk.com).

Griffiths, Wyn , Keith, Lindsay, SAM Culture, Refinery Productions Ltd (2016), SMASHfestUK 2016 - Solar Storm!. In: SMASHfestUK 2016: Solar Storm, 18 - 20 Feb 2016, Albany Theatre and Deptford Lounge, London SE8, UK , . , (doi: http://www.smashfestuk.com)


Griffiths, Wyn , Keith, Lindsay, Flow International, Bridget McKenzie (2015), SMASHfestUK 2015 - Asteroid! Evaluation Report. N/A. In: , , , . N/A, The Albany, Deptford & The Deptford Lounge (doi: http://www.smashfestuk.com).