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. This November we’re going to be learning about Hitchcock, Antarctica and the @ sign.

Be there and be square.

Address: The Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0EL / also online*

Tickets on sale here

Details: Wed 16 November 2022. Doors open at 7PM, event starts at 7.30PM.
The online stream* will go live at 7:15PM, with the speakers starting at 7.30PM and will be available for around 24 hours.

Science on Ice: The U.S. Antarctic Program
Antarctica is the highest, driest, coldest, windiest and emptiest continent in the world. Every year thousands of scientists and support staff venture to some of the planet’s most remote locations to science the heck out of the frozen continent. Get the inside scoop on what’s down there, and learn about some of the amazing, cutting-edge research conducted by the U.S. Antarctic Program. Spoiler: It’s more than just penguins and glaciers.

For six years, Mike Lucibella was the editor of The Antarctic Sun, the official newspaper of the U.S. Antarctic Program. As the program’s journalist, photographer, and podcaster, he’s traveled across Antarctica, interviewing scientists and researchers at all three U.S. research stations. He is also definitely not a shape-shifting alien monster from beyond the moon. Probably.

Where it’s @
The ‘at’ sign. As part of an email address or social media handle, we barely notice it. But there’s a lot more to this workhorse of online communication than meets the eye – and Lydia Thornley has been on a voyage of nerdery to explore, via shaggy dog stories, language, weights and measures, amphorae, morse code, accidental fame, a Japanese emoticon and, marvellously, Strudel.

Lydia Thornley is a graphic designer, creative director, sketcher – and all-purpose nerd. She loves a chance to delve into random subject-matter in unnecessary detail. Thus, she gets to work with other curious people on interesting stuff, and to follow her own lines of enquiry. This is Lydia’s fifth Nerd Nite London talk.

Alfred & Alma: The Hitchcocks in Islington
Why is there an enormous sculpture of Alfred Hitchcock’s head next to the Regent’s canal? Hitchcock is one of the most recognisable and successful film directors in Hollywood history. But he started his career working in Islington where he also met his wife and unheralded constant collaborator Alma. Nigel’s talk looks back on a forgotten chapter of London’s cinematic past.
Nigel Smith is a lifelong movie nerd. He’s part of the team producing BBC Radio 4’s film and TV programme Screenshot with Mark Kermode and Ellen E Jones, co-founded the long-running Tufnell Park Film Club and now leads guided walking tours exploring London’s old cinemas. Follow him on Twitter @nigelcsmith and find out more about his tours at

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.

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