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Nerd Nite London- February tickets now on sale

Feb 2020NERD NITE LONDON, WHERE IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE.

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’ll be learning about the lost letters of the English alphabet, discover the secrets of better building design and bust some data mining myths.

Be there and be square.

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

Details: February 19, 2020

Tickets: Early Nerd Tickets £6, General Admission £7.50, Extra-generous donation to Shine Trust £10  Tickets available here

Doors Open At 7pm, Event Starts: 7.30pm.

Bar Opens At 5pm.

WHERE’S ETHEL? LOST LETTERS FROM THE ENGLISH ALPHABET
Our alphabet has 26 letters. But there were more. What were they? Where did they come from? What happened to them? And why is ye olde not quite as it seems? Lydia Thornley has been on a voyage of typographic nerdery to find out.

Bio: Lydia Thornley is a graphic designer, creative director and illustrator. She once cited nosiness as a core design skill, takes on projects on the basis of the question “Is it interesting?” and loves an opportunity to research something in unnecessary detail. This is her third Nerd Nite London talk.

REMBRANDT’S ALGORITHM: HOW DECODING CENTURIES WORTH OF PAINTINGS MIGHT HELP US DESIGN BETTER BUILDINGS
Over time, we’ve got better at predicting what buildings will look like before they’ve been built – we use models, renders, and we scan materials. But scientists and engineers are still struggling to convey what a space will feel like. When it comes to feelings, art is where it’s at – might Rembrandt or Van Gogh hold some of the answers we’ve been looking for? In his talk, Reinier will tell you why engineers should be visiting museums instead of running experiments.

Bio: Reinier Zeldenrust is a part of Foster + Partners’ Specialist Modelling Group, a diverse group of nerds, nestled within an architecture firm. These days, he spends most of his time searching for the best ways to mix daylight and artificial light. Always looking for inspiration in unlikely places, he has previously given Nerd Nite Talks on Animal Architecture and Living on Mars. He tweets @rdzeldenrust.

KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU: SO THAT’S WHY YOU MINE MY DATA FOR POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

HAL 9000; a shadowy tech cabal; Marvin the paranoid android. They are all mining your personal data to manipulate the next election. This talk will discuss the use — and abuse — of personal data in political campaigns. Jens Koed Madsen take the audience through examples of how data can generate psychologically and personally specified political ads, while also diving into the hype and caution against some hyperbole that often surrounds these methods.

Bio: Jens Koed Madsen is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. He explores the psychology of persuasion, complex information systems, system sustainability, and micro-targeting. He gives assurance that he will not data-mine you while you are in the audience and your computer is unattended. He tweets at @jenskoedmadsen.

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

 

Early nerd tickets on sale now- Jan 15th 2020

NERD NITE LONDON, WHERE IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE.

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 January we learn about the science skills of pigeons, whether uranium is more ballet or disco, and why we should add space junk to our list of things to worry about. Be there and be square.

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

Details: 15 January 2020

Tickets: Early Nerd Tickets £6, General Admission £7.50. Extra-generous donation to Shine Trust £10. Tickets available here

Doors Open At 7pm, Event Starts: 7.30pm. Bar Opens At 5pm.

Citizen Scientists of the Sky

Today you’ve probably seen upwards of a hundred pigeons on the streets of London. And you’ve probably ignored them. But did you know that these beautiful birds with superior powers of navigation are also esteemed avian academics who deserve our respect? Could these “rats with wings” even do a better job than scientists? Find out how science has evolved over the centuries to a world where we can all be involved in research (including pigeons) and how we’ve got to the stage where playing games on your phone during your commute has the potential to cure HIV.

Jenny Chapman is a keen amateur ornithologist and unapologetic pigeon fancier with an interest in how science and society interact and overlap (and try to get on, but occasionally argue about who is going to put the bins out). She has a degree in Biology, a Masters in Evolutionary Genetics and splits her time between hula hooping and environmental activism.

Space Junk – The Threat Hanging Over Our Heads
Outer space can often feel completely disconnected from daily life but in fact we rely on satellites everyday. Whilst space is big, it’s getting crowded with an increasing amount of space junk orbiting the Earth. This talk looks at why you should be worried about space junk and what we can do to solve it.

Harriet Brettle is a business analyst at Astroscale where she is working to develop a commercial solution to the threat of space debris. She is a co-founder of the London Space Network, organising monthly networking events to strengthen the UK space community.

Dance like an Electron: Using the electrons and energy levels in a selection of elements to choreograph a dance

Each element has a different number of electrons dancing around in it, corresponding to its number in the periodic table. As the number of electrons get bigger, the element needs more energy levels to make space for these hyperactive subatomic particles, and some of those energy levels or orbitals get rather crowded – like a packed dance floor around 3 a.m. We’re going to look at the way that electrons move around the nucleus of a selection of elements and create our own Nerd Dance Troupes.
Kay Scorah is a lapsed biochemist and advertising person, leadership and communications consultant, inventor of the Essex Road Recipe project, writer of a blog (warning, not for the easily offended) and occasional standup and theatre performer. She has run her own business, havemorefUnlimited for 32 years.

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 November 19- tickets now on sale

NERD NITE LONDON, WHERE IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE.

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 ask is monogamy dead? How we can use maths to plan better parties? And how was King Shulgi different from the rest of the Third Dynasty of Ur?

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

Details: 20 November 2019

Tickets: Early Nerd Tickets £6, General Admission £7.50. Tickets available here

Doors Open At 7pm, Event Starts: 7.30pm. Bar Opens At 5pm.

Is Monogamy Dead?

In many surveys, around 50 percent of people confess to cheating. So, if you’re in a monogamous relationship and you’re not cheating … you’d better look closely at your partner! Comedian, writer and broadcaster Rosie Wilby unpacks some of the surprising results of her own survey that she conducted as research for her first book Is Monogamy Dead? Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? She also discusses new relationship terminology and ponders why lesbians divorce at a much faster rate than gay men.

Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who has appeared many times on BBC Radio 4 programmes including Woman’s Hour and Four Thought, TV programmes including Good Morning Britain and at festivals including Latitude and Glastonbury. Her book Is Monogamy Dead? was shortlisted for the Diva Literary Awards 2017 and longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2018. Rosie also presents The Breakup Monologues podcast, which has been recommended by Chortle, The Observer, Metro and Time Out. Twitter: @rosiewilby Insta: @breakupmonologues

Your New Favourite Ancient Tyrant

All kings of the Third Dynasty of Ur were the same, right? Wrong. King Shulgi wasn’t like the rest. They just made ziggurats and huge libraries of cuneiform clay tablets. Okay, Shulgi did all of that too, but he did something else besides – and 1500 years before the ancient Greeks.

Andy Riley is an Emmy-winning comedy writer whose credits include Year of The Rabbit, Veep, Black Books, Armstrong and Miller, Little Britain, Tracey Ullman’s Show and Smack The Pony. He’s also a cartoonist whose books include the Bunny Suicides series and Great Lies to Tell Small Kids (all for grownups) and the King Flashypants series (for children).

Let’s have a maths party

Not everyone would immediately think of maths as a key component of party planning. This talk looks at how mathematical thinking can be applied to help solve problems in our everyday life, including the planning of weddings and special occasions.

Zoe Griffiths is a mathematician who began her career talking about maths as a classroom maths teacher. She is now a maths communicator, presenting to audiences in schools and at science festivals with Think Maths. Zoe dabbles in comedy and recently performed at Robin Ince’s Christmas variety show ‘Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People’. Twitter: @ZoeLGriffiths

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 October- tickets on sale now

NERD NITE LONDON, WHERE IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE.

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 October we’ll discover how to engage everyone in
economics, why coal hole covers are beautiful and what’s underneath Chicago. Be there and be square

ADDRESS: THE BACKYARD COMEDY CLUB, 231 CAMBRIDGE HEATH ROAD, LONDON E2 0EL
DETAILS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
TICKETS: EARLY NERD TICKETS £6, GENERAL ADMISSION £7.50. Tickets available here
DOORS OPEN AT 7PM, EVENT STARTS: 7.30PM
BAR OPENS AT 5PM.

Building a citizens’ economy: engaging the public on complex and controversial policy

Engaging the public on technocratic issues, such as data, artificial intelligence and economic policy faces two challenges; one, how best to ensure we understand informed public perspectives? two, how best to ensure public values influence practical outcomes and change? This talk provides examples about how most effectively to create a citizens’ economy.

Reema Patel is a Head of Public Engagement at the Ada Lovelace Institute, an organisation seeking to ensure that data & AI work for people and society. She is an experienced policy professional who has led various citizen engagement and participation initiatives on complex and controversial policy areas in the UK, including the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Citizens’ Economic Council, which successfully worked with and influenced the Bank of England’s public engagement strategy.
The Beauty of Victorian Coal-Hole Covers

Coal-hole covers are a remnant of a gone-by era when a great amount of detail went into the design of the most utilitarian street furniture objects like access covers. Often overlooked under our feet, these decorative cast iron circular manhole covers offer a fascinating glimpse into the past and come in many different designs. Some are very common, while others are extremely rare. This talk will present a unique photographic survey of all the coal-hole cover designs in one London district conducted by a local history fanatic in Stoke Newington.

Amir Dotan is a weekend Stoke Newington historian who researches the area’s past as a serious hobby and shares his work online at www.StokeNewingtonHistory.com. He previously presented in a Nerd Nite his survey and analysis of the businesses that traded along Stoke Newington Church Street since 1847.
The raising of Chicago

The fascinating story of a pioneer who lifted an entire city on jackscrews, in order to make it less filthy. How we got from the poop-covered streets of the past to the squeaky clean urban environment of today, and how the secret “second city” that exists beneath your feet was first conceived.

Mike Dioletis is a former mechanical engineering student from Athens who left to pursue his passion in media. He currently writes and hosts a science show on Greek YouTube called “What the fact?”. A happy college dropout if I ever saw one.

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

early nerd tickets now on sale- Sept 18th

NERD NITE LONDON, WHERE IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE.

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 back to kick off our Autumn season with three great speakers, talking about London’s hidden Black history, an amazing composer you’ve probably never heard of, and how we humans have been meddling with nature for centuries. Be there and be square

ADDRESS: THE BACKYARD COMEDY CLUB, 231 CAMBRIDGE HEATH ROAD, LONDON E2 0EL
DETAILS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
TICKETS: EARLY NERD TICKETS £6, GENERAL ADMISSION £7.50. Tickets on sale here: https://www.ticketsignite.com/event/1778/nerd-nite-london–september-2019

DOORS OPEN AT 7PM, EVENT STARTS: 7.30PM
BAR OPENS AT 5PM.

THE HIDDEN BLACK HISTORY OF LONDON’S STREETS

How much of London’s streets do you notice on your daily commute? This presentation will provide evidence of 2,000 years of the African/Caribbean presence in London, contributing to some of the most popular institutions and architecture over centuries before Africans were enslaved.

Tony Warner (@BlackHistWalker)is director of Black History Walks and creator of the Black History bus tours and river cruises. Tony has been an activist for educational reforms for many years, believing that including contributions made by Africans to the curriculum improve the fullness history and raise the self and racial esteem of young people. He has designed history courses for schools, the met police and a host of public sector organisations.

CLARA: SEX, LOVE AND CLASSICAL MUSIC

In 2015 Elena Mazzon realised that, in years of piano training, she had never played a woman’s music.Incredulous, she delved into a long research that brought to the surface a whole underworld of great, female composers, of whom, unfortunately, we are not told about. Amongst all those women, why Clara Schumann? In this presentation, Elena will explore her journey in “discovering” Clara Schumann, shedding some light on a fascinating and controversial woman and posing questions that we still haven’t answered in the 21st Century.

Clara marked Elena’s debut as a writer. The play has been performed in London, Los Angeles, Italy and Iceland. In 2019, to celebrate Clara Schumann’s Bicentenary, Elena adapted Clara to a radio-play version. Elena trained as an actress in Italy and she’s been living in London since 2006. She also studied Classical Piano and holds an MA degree in English and German literature.

CREATING CREATURES: THE STORY OF SELECTIVE BREEDING

We’ve been shaping animals for years. Even before we figured out how it all worked, we’ve been selectively breeding animals so that each new generation looked, functioned and behaved increasingly how we’d like them to. We now know that we’ve been influencing the genetic composition of these animals to create these changes. Join us for an overview of selective breeding, and a look at some of the (simpler) genetic interactions that enable us to alter animal populations.

Praveen is not a geneticist, nor is he a genius, but he is a generous practitioner of the art of procrastination. He has spent, and continues to spend time he doesn’t have, on trying to understand the delights of animals and plants (but not minerals), and how we humans interact with them.

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 returns to Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Nerd Nite London at Stoke Newington Literary Festival – June 8th 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: Library Gallery, 184 Stoke Newington Church Street, N160JS

Details: Saturday June 8th 2019, Event starts at 8.30pm

Tickets: Tickets: £6.  Tickets available here

Nerd Nite London is delighted to return to Stoke Newington Literary Festival – join us to learn about the history buried in the shores of the Thames, who won the transfermium wars,  and how pigeons helped one man rekindle a sense of home – all while drinking beer. Be there and be square.

The art of seeking: Mudlarking in the Thames

Long heralded as a city treasure herself, expert mudlarker Lara Maiklem is uniquely trained in the art of seeking. Tirelessly trekking across miles of the Thames’ muddy shores, where others only see the detritus of city life, Lara unearths evidence of England’s captivating, if sometimes murky, history, with some objects dating back to 43 AD, when London was but an outpost of the Roman Empire. From medieval mail worn by warriors on English battlefields to nineteenth-century glass marbles mass-produced for the nation’s first soda bottles. Lara will reveal to us the objects we leave in our wake, and the stories they can reveal if only we take a moment to look

Superheavy

Welcome to the world of the superheavy elements: a realm where scientists use giant machines and spend years trying to make a single atom of mysterious artefacts that have never existed on Earth.

From the first elements past uranium and their role in the atomic bomb to the latest discoveries stretching our chemical world, Kit Chapman will reveal the hidden stories lurking at the edges of the periodic table. Why did the US Air Force fly planes into mushroom clouds? Who won the transfermium wars? How did an earthquake help give Japan its first element? And what happened when Superman almost spilled nuclear secrets?

Rat of the sky or symbol of peace?

As a boy, Jon Day was fascinated by pigeons, which he used to rescue from the streets of London. Twenty years later he moved away from the city centre to the suburbs to start a family. But in moving house, he began to lose a sense of what it meant to feel at home.

Returning to his childhood obsession with the birds, he built a coop in his garden and joined a local pigeon racing club. Over the next few years, as he made a home with his young family in Leyton, he learned to train and race his pigeons, hoping that they might teach him to feel homed.

Having lived closely with humans for tens of thousands of years, pigeons have become powerful symbols of peace and domesticity. But they are also much-maligned, and nowadays most people think of these birds, if they do so at all, as vermin.

All proceeds from Nerd Nite London go to charity. During Stoke Newington Literary Festival, all proceeds go towards literacy projects in Hackney.  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.

Early nerd tickets on sale now- Nerd Nite April 17

Nerd Nite London – Be there and be square

Discover hidden rivers under your feet, learn why English is so hard to read, and marvel at forgotten Disney propoganda at Nerd Nite London on 17th April 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 17th April 2019, Starts at 7.30 pm, Tickets £7.50. Early nerd tickets £6 (limited availability).

London’s Hidden Rivers

London’s natural streams and rivers long ago disappeared below ground, though you can still find evidence of them if you know where to look. But London has another man-made river system as well. Part was built 400 years ago by Britain’s first modern business corporation, one of the most profitable companies in history. More was built by rapacious 19th century capitalists. Nick Higham reveals their legacy, from stunning architecture to manhole covers, steam engines to wildlife and nature reserves.

Nick Higham used to be a BBC correspondent. He’s writing a history of London’s water supply: a niche topic, but not as dry as it sounds

Rules of English Orthography: Their Our Know Rules

English: where the sounds are made up and the letters don’t matter! English has a very inconsistent sound-to-letter correspondence making it outrageously difficult to read and spell unfamiliar words (and sometimes familiar ones!). This isn’t an issue in other languages like Spanish or Italian, so why is it in English? This talk will explore the structure the English spelling system and how it came to be so unpredictable. I make no guarantees except to guarantee you will know why guarantee is spelled guarantee by the end of the talk.

Catherine is originally from upstate New York (where there are more cows than people) and she is currently completing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Brunel University London. Her work mainly focuses on the cognitive processes of bilingual reading and dyslexia.

The Greatest Disney Movie You’ve Never Seen

Princesses? No. Talking mice? No. Songs? No? A massive octopus devouring Japan? Yes! During World War II Walt Disney released a film unlike any you’ve ever seen. Instead of building on the success of his popular and award-winning children’s films, Uncle Walt put all of his resources into making propaganda to support the war effort. The pinnacle of this patriotic fervour was his entirely self-financed 1943 feature Victory Through Air Power. Find out what inspired Disney to make this bizarre movie and its surprising impact on military history.

Ever since his first trip to the cinema aged 4 (Superman II at the ABC Bournemouth, thanks for asking) Nigel has been watching too many movies. Every Tuesday he co-runs the Tufnell Park Film Club, now enjoying its seventh year, and can’t visit a new city without finding out where its oldest and/or picture palace is located. He previously spoke at Nerd Nite about Helen, Georgia, the small American town that would look more at home in the Alps than the Appalachians. By day Nigel works for the digital education company FutureLearn. You can follow him on Twitter @nigelcsmith

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 March 20th 2019- early nerd tickets now on sale

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

 

Early nerd tickets now on sale- Feb 20th 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: the Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0EL

Details: Wednesday February 20th

Tickets: Early nerd tickets £6, general admission £7.50. Tickets available here

Doors open 6.30pm, event starts 7.30pm

This is your brain (scientist) on drugs

Neuroscientists go to great lengths to understand their beloved object of study, the brain. This usually means marathon experiments in the lab working on animals or petri dishes, but sometimes it can also involve a little “self-experimentation”. Grace will talk about historical examples of scientists who used their own experiences with hallucinogens to further their understanding of the brain, and the extent to which this practice has led to scientifically sound results.

Grace Lindsay (@neurograce) got her PhD in computational neuroscience from Columbia University and will soon be starting a postdoctoral fellowship at University College London. She is also currently writing a book about all the fascinating ways that mathematics has helped us understand the brain. Yes, that’s right—mathematics, not drugs.

The Funny Side of the Flesh Eating Disease

When thinking of fun diseases, the bacteria that cause flesh-eating disease may not top your list. However, there is more to these vicious little bacteria than you might first expect, from causing a variety of embarrassing diseases to being touted as a miracle cure, and even providing names to no less than four heavy metal bands. Faz will tell you some of the weird stories associated with this bacteria, and hopefully, you too will see the funny side of the flesh-eating disease.

Faraz Alam (@DefectiveBrayne) studied the Flesh Eating Disease during his Ph.D, where he made it glow in the dark. While he has moved on to the world of scientific publishing and research integrity, he hasn’t been able to shake off his fascination with the disease and the bacterium that causes it.

Dragons and Warfare

Is there a link between draconic imagery and how weaponry has evolved? To answer that we’ll delve through language, the first firearms and journey across the world. Along the way, get ready to hear some of the dumbest ideas and stories in human history.

Kai Lawrence is a geek in nerd’s clothing. Usually he’s working towards his Bachelor’s in Electronic and Information Engineering at Imperial College London. His accumulated knowledge on dragons, experimental genetics and weaponry is definitely NOT part of his 24 year plan for world domination.

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

 

 

Last nerd nite of the year- Nov 21st

Where: Backyard Bar and Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, E20EL

When: November 21st.  Doors open 7pm, event starts 7.30pm

Tickets: £7.50, available here

Nerd Nite London aims to teach you details about subjects which you didn’t even know you were curious about, while you drink beer and learn things you didn’t know you didn’t know. This month we learn what to eat for marathon swimming, history of the apostrophe and how diseases get named.

Be there and be square

Nutrition in marathon swimming: Jelly babies and bonking

Nutrition in marathon sports is a multimillion pound industry. Most of it may be a con, and just the accepted norm. Remember being told not to eat before swimming? We will discuss floating whilst eating and drinking whilst swimming, as well as the pros and cons of different energy sources during endurance sport. There will be an insight of how best to hit the wall and keep going.

Nick Murch is a marathon swimmer, qualified to claim that title by having swum Windermere, the English and North channels (Northern Ireland to Scotland) and the length of Lake Geneva (42 miles, 32 hours). He helps train the Dover Channel training crew; and is well known to be built for comfort and not for speed. In his spare time Nick is a Consultant physician in a London teaching hospital with an interest in education and simulation.

Apostrophes, from Greece to greengrocers
Bitter grammarian battles have been fought over them, societies formed, books written, guerrilla punctuation carried-out… but where do apostrophes come from and where are they going? What are they and as interestingly, what aren’t they? Why are they the shape they are? And what would an apostrophe shortage do to greengrocers? Lydia Thornley has been on a voyage of typographic nerdery to find out.

Lydia Thornley was the first graphic designer to speak at Nerd Nite. She once cited nosiness as a key design skill – it’s led her to some fascinating projects for space scientists, Polar explorers, chefs, a City livery company, one of the Queen’s chaplains, urban beekeepers, countless charities and one of the 100 most influential Britons in the history of the web. Lydia never passes up an opportunity to research something in unnecessary detail.

Eponymous diseases: From Alzheimer to Ebola

A brief exploration of the naming of diseases and the often strange and eccentric people responsible. This is a tale of weird, rare or painful conditions, improbable events and tragic or barely sane doctors memorialised in the popular imagination. Have you ever asked yourself what is your favourite disease? No? Then now is the time to start.

Geoff Browell is unqualified in almost every conceivable way, but is a professional magpie, who collects stories and plays with ideas. In his spare time, 9-5, he is an archivist who curates memories by piecing together diaries, letters and photographs he finds in old attics, basements and lock-ups.