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Nerd Nite London Sept 21st 2022: Early nerd tickets now on sale

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 September we’re going to be learning about breakups, collecting things and one other topic tbd

Be there and be square.

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

Details: Wed 21 September 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. Tickets available here
 

Hunting For The Missing Piece: What Motivates People To Collect Items?
Whether collecting travel memorabilia, or merchandise of one’s favorite team, or antiques from dusty vintage shops, we all have been involved in some form of collecting in our lives. People engaging in this activity are willing to invest sensible amounts of their energy, time, and money to seek, acquire, organize, and display multiple (and sometimes redundant) versions of the same item. But, what motivates people to collect? What keeps them hooked on an endless quest for the missing piece? We shed light on this unique and fascinating behavior that affects so many ordinary consumers. Join the talk to discover more! Elena Bocchi is a doctoral researcher in marketing at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City University of London. Trained as a linguist in Italy, UK, and Austria, she is now specialising in consumer behaviour and consumer psychology. In one stream of her academic research, Elena applies cognitive psychological insights to better understand consumers’ judgments and consumption decisions, among which the factors that lead people towards excessive, and often, compulsive forms of consumption.

The Unexpected Joy of Heartbreak
Rosie was dumped by email. But felt much better after correcting her ex-partner’s spelling. She investigates how breakups may present us with an opportunity for transformation and how LGBTQ breakup statistics may contradict some of our cultural assumptions about male and female desire.
Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian, author and podcaster who has appeared many times on BBC Radio 4 programmes including Woman’s Hour, Saturday Live and Four Thought. Her first book Is Monogamy Dead? was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. Her new book The Breakup Monologues is based on her acclaimed podcast of the same name.
You can follow Rosie on Twitter @rosiewilby or Instagram @breakupmonologues. 

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Silver bullet or fig leaf? Carbon Capture and Storage and its role in reaching net zero emissions
The government has committed the UK to reaching net zero by 2050, but some areas of the UK’s industry will prove hard to shift to carbon neutral, and many do not yet understand the individual lifestyle changes that a net-zero economy would require. There is also growing concern that we in the UK and globally are off track to meet our 2050 goals, and concern that 2050 is not soon enough. Is carbon capture and storage the answer? Or is it a snake oil solution that is distracting us from more viable alternatives?

Ruth Herbert is the Chief Executive of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association. She has spent a good portion of her career working on questions of energy policy, including as an economic advisor at the Treasury and Director of Strategy at the Low Carbon Contracts Company, and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.

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, or liking us on Facebook at nerdnitelondon. for more information about The Shine Trust visit shinetrust.org.uk.

NN: Stoke Newington 2022 Tonight! Nerd Nite at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Hello lovely London Nerds. Are you feeling literary?  We are!

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. Tonight (June 4th) we’re returning to Stoke Newington Literary Festival where we’ll be learning about Stoics, 19th century London street life and Tarot. 

Be there and be square. 

Address: The Mildmay Club, 33-34 Newington Green, London, N16 9PR

Details: Saturday June 4th, 8pm. 

Tickets: £8 from https://stokenewingtonlitfest.eventcube.io/events/40323/nerd-nite

Vagabonds: Life on the streets of 19th century London

Our historical view of London has been filtered through chroniclers such as Dickens, who did not come from poverty. In this talk, Oskar will show us the 19th century London from the perspective of beggars and thieves, musicians and missionaries, porters and hawkers and sex workers and street criers.

Oskar Jensen’s chief area of research is cantology – the study of song. He specialises in ‘vernacular’ song in 18–19th century Britain. Oskar is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia, working on a study of English protest song from 1600 to the present day. He is the author of several books, including his latest, Vagabonds.

How to control the uncontrollable

Can ancient Greek philosophy help us navigate modern-day life? Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy which originated around 300 BC. It focuses on self-control, developing a good character, and increasing personal knowledge and wisdom. Stoicism is not usually associated with fun and accessibility, but this presentation will explore the core concepts and provide ways for you to live a more Stoically enabled life.

When Ben Aldridge is not writing about practical philosophy, you can find him climbing mountains, learning Japanese, running marathons, solving Rubik’s cubes and sleeping in unusual places.

Tarot Tales

We are all built from stories. Coming back to consider what story we are telling can be a wonderfully creative way to encourage self-awareness. Tarot’s characters, symbols and images prompt focused reflections, helping us to form a language around how we feel, empowering us to step out of the centre of the story and remember we are writing it.

Sophie Bickerstaff is a Therapeutic Tarot practitioner and trainee therapist who combines psychology with the mystical world of Tarot to help people consider, reflect on and communicate their inner worlds. Her work explores the power of storytelling in our pursuit of self awareness and the way we can use this tool to empower ourselves within our mental, emotional and physical lives.

More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook at nerdnitelondon or visiting london.nerdnite.com. See some of our past speakers on our YouTube channel

Nerd Nite London- April 20th- tickets on sale now

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 April we’re going to be learning about bringing stuff back from Mars, whether we should trust the chemical industry and what typefaces taste like.

Be there and be square. 

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

Details: Wed 20 April 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. Tickets available here

The chemical industry… friend or foe?

The chemical industry has given us some fantastic things integral to everyday life, but of course it is time for change! A summary of the steps being taken to better the industry, as we all strive towards a greener future. But is it too little, too late? And perhaps a moment for self-reflection? Is it sufficient to simply recycle your spent juice bottle or refill your coffee cup at your local Starbucks?

The war on plastic or a war on consumer behaviour? A 101 guide (albeit a brief one) on what’s necessary and how get there.

Josh Murray has previously worked for chemical giant, INEOS, and is now a Chemical Trader working in London.

What the Font?

What do fonts sound or taste like? And what might they reveal about your personality? 

Expect an interactive experience, and have a drink in hand! *The interactive nature of this talk is best experienced in-person, so do bear with us if you’re watching online.

Sarah Hyndman is the founder of Type Tasting. She uses typography to create unique experiences that transform what people think and feel. She’s the author of books including Why Fonts Matter and How to Draw Type and Influence People. Sarah is chef Heston Blumenthal’s “font science expert”.

Follow Sarah on Twitter and Instagram @TypeTasting, and visit her website www.typetasting.com

Mars Sample Return Mission… daring the impossible

Landing on the Moon is one thing, but landing on Mars, drilling samples and then launching those samples off the Martian surface back to Earth for analysis is bordering on science fiction… however it will soon become reality!

This talk will take a deep dive into the NASA/ESA Mars Sample Return Mission and will discuss some of the crazy technological developments needed to pull off one of the 21st century’s most daring missions.

Jordan Murray is a Propulsion Architect for the Mars Sample Return Earth-Return-Orbiter Spacecraft at Airbus Space, Stevenage. His background includes rocket engine development and nuclear (and no surprise… is a space nerd).



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 at nerdnitelondon or visiting london.nerdnite.com. See some of our past speakers on our YouTube channel. For more information about The Shine Trust visit shinetrust.org.uk

Change of speaker for tomorrow’s line up

Dear Nerds

Unfortunately Rosie is unable to speak at tomorrow’s event. Instead, a comedian called Joel Sanders has kindly agreed to step in, and will tell us a cautionary tale about the perils of technology and what happens when you switch life on the road for life on a boat. If you’d explicitly been hoping to hear Rosie, and would like to refund your ticket, please email us. We might not sort it until the weekend, but we will sort it.

If you hadn’t bought a ticket yet, but you’re planning on coming, tickets available here

Really looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow (Wednesday) In the meantime, keep nerding on.

Louise

(Boss- Nerd Nite London)

Nerd Nite London -Sept 2021 Early nerd tickets now on sale: Sept 22nd 2021

We’re back! After an extended summer break, we’re making our first foray into the world of IRL events, returning to Backyard Bar and Comedy Club on Sept 22nd. For those of you who aren’t quite ready to venture out yet, don’t worry- we’re going to be broadcasting a livestream, too, and we’re aiming to ensure *some* level of audience participation for those enjoying the event from home. We’re still working out the details though.

As for the event itself, we’ve got a great line up to re-start the season. Details below, and tickets available here

Nerd Nite London- September 22nd 2021

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: the Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0EL / Online

Details: Wednesday 22nd September    

Tickets: Early nerd tickets £6, general admission £7.50, online £5. Concessions also available. Tickets available here.

Doors open 6.30pm, event starts 7.30pm

Nerd Nite London is back! And also still at home if that’s what you’d prefer. Our autumn season starts with some deductive reasoning, an exploration of the break-up, and we learn how to take on Big Tech. Be there and be square.

Deductive Reasoning in the Meantime

A stand-up comedian shelves his comedy notebook during the lockdown and binge reads Sherlock Holmes. He cannot stop himself observing things, but things are no longer funny.

Or are they..? When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how unlikely, is sometimes stranger than fiction.

Mike Capozzola is a NY-raised, London-based comedian & cartoonist

How Breakups Keep Us Together

Award-winning comedian Rosie Wilby shares some of the insights she has gained while writing her new book The Breakup Monologues, published by Bloomsbury this May. She believes that breakups, painful as they are, can sometimes be harnessed as an opportunity for learning and growth, a catalyst for new adventures and a helpful nudge towards making better future partner choices. In fact, breakups can perhaps even help us to stay together in the long run.

Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian, author and podcaster who has appeared many times on BBC Radio 4 programmes including Woman’s Hour and Four Thought. Her first book Is Monogamy Dead? was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and followed a trilogy of solo shows investigating the psychology of love and relationships. Her new book The Breakup Monologues is based on her acclaimed podcast of the same name. She is on Twitter @rosiewilby and Instagram @breakupmonologues

The People vs Big Tech

YouTube, Google, Facebook and Apple are all facing ‘class’ or ‘collective’ actions, where large groups of citizens and consumers band together to seek compensation for wrong doing on a large scale. How effective is this legal route for getting redress and changing the behaviour of these global giants?

Liz Coll is a consumer tech policy expert and campaigner for fairer and safer digital technology. In July 2021, she launched a class action lawsuit against Google on behalf of the 19.5 million UK consumers who have been unfairly overcharged to the tune of £920m in the Google PlayStore. She publishes a regular round up of digital and consumer news at: Connected Consumers

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 www.facebook.com/NerdNiteLondon or visiting www.london.nerdnite.com. For more information about the Shine Trust visit www.shinetrust.org.uk

Nerd Nite London- February 2021 – early nerd tickets on sale now

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 February we’re going to be learning about the Russian orthodox church, the science behind photo-ID, and why people cheat in relationships.

Be there and be square.

Address: Your living room, or maybe your kitchen. Or that corner of the hallway with the really good internet connection where you seem to live these days. Your choice.

Details: February 17th 2021. The stream will go live at 7pm, with the speakers starting at 7.30pm

Tickets: Early Nerd Tickets £4, General Admission £5, Extra-generous donation to Shine Trust £7.50. All proceeds will be donated to charity. Tickets on sale here

Love Factually

Ever wondered what to look for in a partner, why people cheat or how Covid is impacting our relationships? Join Laura Mucha to find out.

Laura Mucha is an ex-lawyer turned poet and author. Her book Love Factually / We Need to Talk About Love, is the result of ten years of interviews with hundreds of strangers aged 8-95 across every continent, together with extensive academic research. Richard Curtis describes it as “much better and more useful than my film”. Laura has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, WNYC, ABC and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, and The Guardian describes her as “a fantastic nosy parker”.

Orthodox Christianity in Russia: Pussy Riot, KGB, and actually nobody believes in God

 Russian cities are sprinkled with solemn cathedrals that watch you as you walk down the streets minding your own business. Behind the heavy doors you’ll see the ultra-religious babushkas, businessmen, and young women. Dig deeper, and you’ll find a troubled relationship between the church, the state and the people. Many Russians believe that the church cooperates with FSB agents. With the share of believers at an all-time high, practically nobody reads the Bible or attends church regularly. And yet, almost 3 new churches are built every day in Russia. We’ll talk about how Orthodox Christians are a very unhappy group of people and how it is possible to get a prison term of 2 years for singing in a church.

Olga Ponomarenko is a Russian researcher turned computer scientist. She has worked at startups, international monetary institutions, and banks. Her work ranges from coding up mobile apps to developing radio programming, to studying the effects of Russian Orthodoxy on contemporary Russia. She was actually born in Belarus.

Face value: The science behind photo-ID

We use photo-ID to verify our identity in a variety of situations. But research has shown that the process of checking photo-ID, that is unfamiliar face recognition, is surprisingly error-prone. Here we’ll talk about how we might improve photo-ID, or the process of checking it, with insights from psychological science.

Dr Kay Ritchie is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Lincoln and also heads Lincoln’s Pint of Science team. Kay’s research focusses on human face processing, particularly face recognition.

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 www.facebook.com/nerdnitelondon or visiting www.london.nerdnite.com. for more information about The Shine Trust visit www.shinetrust.org.uk