Mushrooms, brain control and typography

Nerd Nite London – Be there and be square

Learn how to control people’s brains with magnets, why we should all be terrified of mushrooms and power of fonts at Nerd Nite London on 20th March 2019.

Nerd Nite London is a monthly event where three speakers give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along.

Address: Nerd Nite, Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 0EL
Details: Wednesday 20th March 2019, Starts at 7.30 pm,  Tickets: £7.50  Early nerd tickets £6 (limited availability).

Brain control using electricity and magnets

Magnets and electricity have the power to change the way the body functions. These tools can be used for good, such as to help brain damage, and potentially for evil, if you want to control someone else! Can you remove someone’s free will and move their body with YOUR brain? Come to the talk and find out!

Helen is a Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at Lancaster University. She studies how the speech and movement areas of the brain work in adult humans. She does not abuse her access to magnets or electricity to mind-control her subjects.

Why we should all be terrified of mushrooms 

With names like the Devil’s Fingers, Bleeding Tooth, Destroying Angel and Dog Stinkhorn mushrooms, it’s frankly surprising more people aren’t afraid of them. Learn how a single mushroom can release up to 2.7 billion ballistospores per day and what stops those spores from growing in our lungs and suffocating us. We’ll take a dive deep into how underground networks of mycelia roots let mushrooms communicate and even poison other plants, and why they’re the most likely cause of a zombie apocalypse (seriously, mushrooms are terrifying).

Michelle is not a mycologist, and is in no way academically qualified to talk about mushrooms. She is, however, mycophobic, and having earned two degrees by rambling about dystopian worlds in a paranoid fashion, this talk was just a matter of time. By day she works in marketing, trying not to think about mushrooms (or the end of the world).

Just my type: a brief introduction to typography

Is it “font” or “typeface”? Why would you choose Times New Roman over Helvetica? What’s my type? Calibri? In this Nerd Nite talk, Jen Ku will give you an intro to typography and the power behind the little letters we use, see, and read everyday; hopefully bringing you closer to finding your type or taking a second thought when urging to choose that Comic Sans.

Jen is a designer, lettering artist and type nerd. She dreams, thinks and tells her stories through typography. Her obsession with type brought her onto exciting adventures, saved her from becoming the doctor or lawyer her parents wanted her to be, and shaped her into the creative she is today.

All proceeds from Nerd Nite London go to charity. This year we are partnering with the Shine Trust to help foster a new generation of nerds. More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook or visiting For more information about the Shine Trust visit