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, Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

Details: Wednesday May 18th.

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

Tickets available here

Doors open 6.30pm

It’s our 3rd birthday this month, and what better way to celebrate that to learn about FGM? Oh…and also the chemistry of chocolate…and whether farts cause cancer.  Just another Wednesday at Nerd Nite then.

Beyond Female Genital Mutilation

 Vaginas, clitorises, labia. That’s what this presentation will cover. If you have one, or you don’t have one but you love them, or you wish you had one, this will manage to keep your attention and maybe even inspire you in some way. Fatoumata will talk you through the practice of FGM, and some of what is being done to prevent it. She will also share with you a bit of her story.

Fatoumata is originally from Gambia, grew up in Italy and moved to the UK as a teenager. She has a law degree from the LSE, and worked as a property manager for a few years before deciding to move into psychology. Fatoumata was cut as a child, and has been deeply affected as a result, but she would like you to know that there is a lot more to her than the title ‘FGM victim’. She loves netball, she loves dancing, and she loves her family

The chemistry of chocolate

 The provenance of a product like chocolate contribute to its flavour, texture and overall experience of eating it- the type of bean, the way it was roasted and even the altitude it was grown at.   In this talk you will see a little of how chocolate is made, a little of what it is made of and a lot of how important chemistry is in creating something as perfect as the chocolate we like to eat.

Andy studied for a master’s degree in chemistry at University of  Bristol and also did a stint at Heston Blumenthals’ Fat Duck restaurant. He’s now a lecturer in Chemistry at Kingston University.

Can farts cure cancer? On the value of asking for evidence.

 Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime and treat disease. How do we know which are reliable? I will talk about the Ask For Evidence campaign, which encourages you to hold companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable.

Stefanie Knappe, is a PhD researcher at King’s College London, where she investigates how muscle stem cells regenerate muscle. She is passionate about science communication and advocates critical thinking and inquiry. Since October 2015, she has been working with Sense About Science as an Ask For Evidence Ambassador.

All proceeds from Nerd Nite go to charity. This month’s charity is the Shine Trust. 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