July 15th- fashion themed goodbye to Paper Dress (plus late night disco party)

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Nerd Nite London- July 15th A fashion-themed goodbye to the Paper Dress Vintage, with Late Night Disco Party!

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, Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AH

Details: Wednesday July 15th Tickets £7.50. Early nerd tickets £6 (limited availability). Tickets available here

Spy fashion from the 1940s, a history of underwear, and hair-styles through the 20th century.  Nerd Nite London is bidding a sad farewell to the Paper Dress Vintage with a fashion spectacular, a guest MC and a late night disco party with our very own DJ . Come join us, learn, drink and bid farewell to a great venue.

Dressed to Disappear: 1940s Spy Fashion in Europe

Why did spies need fashion in WWII? Concentrating on the Special Operations Executive, I’ll discuss the relationship between fashionable clothing and espionage. Examples will include how shoes could get you killed, and how Countess Mountbatten got her knickers!

Emma has a degree in Fashion History and Theory from Central Saint Martins. She loves people’s old clothes, and wants to spend her life in a museum taking care of collections of them.

Hairstyles in the 20th century: a reflection of social change and technology.

When and why did King Camp Gillette invent his razor? Why did Edwardian, corseted women cut most of their hair off in the 1920’s? Who invented the perm? What caused many British barbershops to close during the 1970’s and 80s?

Huge changes during the 20th century were reflected in the distinctive, changing hairstyles worn by men and women in Europe over the time period. This talk will reflect on how world events and technology caused people to accept or reject ideas of who they should be, and how this was displayed through hair.

Candice is a professional barber and hairstylist. She spends her days cutting and styling hair, shaving and swapping stories and secret histories with her diverse London clients.

The (not totally comprehensive) history of (some) underwear

For centuries, fashion has been used to alter the appearance our proportions. Through a bewildering array of pads, scaffolds, bindings, or props we’ve wanted to make our parts look bigger or smaller, as dictated by the times. In this talk we’ll explore some fashion history, and our inability to be content with our “natural” selves.

Laura Rubin is a California-based technologist, historian and reenactor with an obsessive love of costume history. Laura combines studies in textiles, social history, art history, cultural anthropology, archaeology, and traditional archival study in pursuit of experimental archaeology projects.

And then…
Dancing til midnight with the block-rocking, hip-shaking tunes of DJ Prolix

All proceeds from Nerd Nite go to charity. This month’s charity is the Duchenne Children’s 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

June 17th- Robot sex, computer heroes and the gender binary

June 17th: Robot sex, computer heroes and the gender binary

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, Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AH

Details: Wednesday June 17th Tickets £6. Early nerd tickets £5 (limited availability). Tickets available here

In the future will boys be wearing pink while having sex with robots? Why does Alan Turing get all the Bletchley Park glory? Come join us for a sensational celebration of all things nerdy at Nerd Nite London

Be there and be square.

The Gender Binary – and why it’s bullshit

As a society, we’ve been fixated on the concepts of “boy” and “girl” for a long time – so long that we’ve come to accept the gender binary and all it entails as an unquestionable truth.

Did you know that pink was once considered the boy’s colour? Did you know that heels were actually menswear, designed for riding horses? In this talk I will explore what “gender” and “sex” actually consist of and expose the reality of the falsehood that is the gender binary.

Lola is an agender identified LGBT activist, working in various capacities for a better world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people since the ripe age of 12. As an intersex person, Lola takes a great interest in breaking down the barriers that the gender binary creates.

Unsung Heroes of Bletchley Park

The most important battle in any war is one of information and communication; people who need to keep secrets vs people desperate to break them. There’s no sensational action sequences and often even the people involved aren’t allowed to tell their stories for years afterwards, but these stories should not be ignored. This quick run-through of British wartime codebreaking efforts will cover how some people you’ve never heard of helped shape the modern world.

Robert is a mobile application programmer who loves cryptography, both modern and historic. When not reading your most secret messages, he enjoys museums, games and Benedict Cumberbatch.

 

Sex machina – the how, the why and the what-if

Robots are getting ever more realistic and it won’t be long before we can make them look as human as, well, humans. They may also start to think and even feel like us. You would think that with such sophisticated machines we would probably want to do noble and sciency things like explore the surface of Mars, but past experience suggests we will probably mainly use them for sex. This talk will explore the implications of sex with machines that may have emotions, touching on philosophy of mind, ethics and social neuroscience along the way.

Bio: Kate is Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at University College London. She researches rat navigation, which makes her the perfect person to expound on sex with machines.

 

All proceeds from Nerd Nite go to charity. This month’s charity is Solar Aid. 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

May 20th: Beer, beheadings and photons- 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.

Address: Nerd Nite, Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AH

Details: Wednesday May 20th Tickets £6. Early nerd tickets £5 (limited availability). Tickets on sale here.

Did you known that no other month begins or ends on the same day of the week as May in any year? Neither did we. Come join us to expand your brain with even more sun-soaked knowledge: eighteenth century research into the secrets of the voice, how music can change the flavour of beer, and Einstein’s Nobel Prize winning theories of light.

Be there and be square.

“The science of voice since the French Revolution, Or: How to speak without a head”

Before the age of mass communication, making yourself heard was all about the ability to speak in public. But who should be allowed to do so, and how? After the French Revolution, political activists engaged with cutting-edge medical and scientific research to uncover the secrets of the human voice.

Anna Maerker is a historian of medicine and science at King’s College London. She enjoys visiting collections of pickled organs and artificial bodies around the world.

“Why do guitars taste like hops?”

Beer blogger and ale expert Pete Brown returns to present an exploration of how our senses overlap and influence each other. Using beer and music, his presentation will provide new insight into how we perceive both flavour and sound, and how one can and does influence and even change the other.

Pete Brown specialises in making people thirsty. He is the author of five-and-a-half books as well as the annual Cask Report, and numerous articles in the drinks trade press and consumer press. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and was named Beer Writer of the Year in 2009 and 2012. Pete previously spoke at Nerd Nite about how beer is the root cause of everything good in civilisation.

“Photon Facts”

Comedy duo Punk Science will be coming to Nerd Nite London armed with some fun facts about photons. Illuminating you on some of the objects from the Museum’s collection revolving around light. Sam and John will endeavour to explain Einstein’s theory about the photo electric effect (it’s what he won the Nobel Prize for). It may well be enlightening.

Punk Science are the resident comedy team of the Science Museum. Jon Milton and Sam Furniss have both been part of the stand-up comedy circuit and have lots of experience performing interactive Science shows at the Science Museum. Combining these two things to interest and entertain adults – why should children get all the fun?

All proceeds from Nerd Nite go to charity. This month’s charity is the Disasters Emergency Committee for Nepal. 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

Next Nerd Nite- April 15th

Nerd Nite April- Microbes, skeletons and the changing face of East London

Worried that you’re an April Fool? Nerd Nite London is here to fix that for you- with presentations on how microbes make us fat, the battle between archaeologists and engineers in the race to build Crossrail, and a tour of East London through the eyes of 19th century social reformer Charles Booth

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, Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3AH

Details: Wednesday 15th April 2015, Doors at 8 pm, Tickets £6. Early nerd tickets £5 (limited availability). Tickets available here: https://billetto.co.uk/events/nerd-nite-april-microbes-skeletons-and-the-changing-face-of-east-london

The Diet Myth and why microbes make you fat

We are all living longer but becoming fatter and less healthy. Much of this is due to our recent changes diet and lifestyle. We have been misled by many common myths and pseudo-science especially surrounding faddish diets. What is less well known is that underlying this are massive changes to the trillions of microbes that live in our guts. Bonding with our microbes could be the solution to our current ills.

Tim Spector is Professor of Genetics, Founder of TwinsUK and author. His main interest is what bit of biology makes us human, which are controlled by your genes and what is down to our environment- a topic he covered at Nerd Nite in 2014. His latest favourite field of research is on our microbes.

Under the streets of London

A face-off between two mortal enemies; archaeologists and engineers. This talk is about the discoveries made and challenges met by the archaeologists working on Crossrail, currently one of the biggest construction programmes in the world.

Marit is just starting out as a graduate archaeologist, currently working as assistant archaeologist on Crossrail. Originally from the Netherlands, she has a passion for London history and her pet hedgehog Chickpea.

Very Poor, Casual. Chronic Want:  East London through the eyes of Charles Booth
Victorian reformist Charles Booth was author of a series of ‘Poverty Maps’, covering nearly every street in Central London. The streets were assigned colours according to their socio-economic groupings and these groupings, along with their sometimes dubious descriptions of the residents’ habits and lives provide a fascinating snapshot of London at the turn of the 20th Century. In this presentation, we will learn about the history, geography and literature of Charles Booth’s London.

A Londoner for thirty years Sean Patterson trained as an actor at RADA and has an MA in London Studies from Queen Mary University. He is a qualified City of London, Westminster, and Clerkenwell and Islington guide. and runs the Charles Booth Walking Tour.

All proceeds from Nerd Nite go to charity. This month’s charity is the National Aids 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

Nerd Nite March- Aliens, pointless science and the tabloid trickster. Early nerd tickets on sale now

Nerd Nite March: Aliens, pointless science and the role of the tabloid in British life

Spring is in the air, and we’ve got some great knowledge seeds to plant in your fertile minds- tales of life in space, why pointless science isn’t actually that pointless, and why the papers we love to hate are an integral part of British culture.

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, Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3AH

Details: Wednesday 18th March 2014, Doors at 8 pm, Tickets £6. Early nerd tickets £5 (limited availability). Tickets available here

Nerd #1: Hugh Mortimer- The hunt for life in space

The truth is out there, however it is very hard to find. On earth we find life all around us and in some of the most inhospitable places. Many of science’s great minds agree that we’re probably not alone in the universe.  But how will we find our alien friends in the great vastness of deep space?  In this presentation Hugh will describe our current efforts to identify life in space, and how we have begun to identify the most likely places to find it.

Hugh is a research scientist working at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory where he develops new technologies for planetary exploration, which essentially means that he plays around with cool stuff for a living. This is Hugh’s second time presenting at Nerd Nite- he previously spoke about science and Hollywood.

Nerd #2: James Alan Anslow- the Tabloid Trickster: Why Britain needs its redtops

You all know Trickster. S/he’s the wild card in the pack. The random that makes the rational bearable. The mischief maker. The word spinner. The boundary crosser. Humankind’s bawdy wink at gods ancient and modern. Think Hermes. Think Puck. Think Abby in NCIS. Think redtop newspapers. I shall explain why we need the tabloid Trickster.

James is a Ph.D candidate at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He is completing his thesis: the tabloid Trickster, a post-Jungian evaluation of early 21st century popular British newspaper journalism. He was for decades a journalist and media educator, and still edits part-time at The Sun. He will, however, be fully-clothed.

Nerd #3: Dominque Morneau- Cows Have Best Friends (and other “pointless” facts to make you the most interesting person in the room)

When it comes to research funding, a project’s (perceived) impact is increasingly becoming one of the most important factors. Science for the sake of science is frequently overlooked for research that does something. This presentation is a celebration of so-called “pointless” research – from how dung beetles use astronomy for orientation to a physical analysis of popcorn, I will give you a ton of good stories to impress down at the pub.

Dominique works in science publishing after getting her PhD in biology from one of Canada’s worst universities. Reading the ins and outs of impactful research projects every day has taken her appreciation of “pointless” research to a whole new level. She has most definitely used some of these studies as an icebreaker, as well as the occasional pick-up line (with a slightly less-than-stellar success rate).

All proceeds from Nerd Nite go to charity. This month’s charity is the National Autistic Society. 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

Valentine’s Special…and Global Plasma Month- Early nerd tickets on sale now

Nerd Nite London -Feb 11th: vibrators, dating data and plasmas in space and on Earth

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, Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AH

Details: Wednesday February 11th, Tickets £6, Early nerd tickets £5 (limited availability)

Tickets available here

It’s that special time of year, where corporations and nerdy events alike try to cash in on romance. We love a good band wagon, so we thought we’d jump on with an in-depth exploration of masturbation and online dating. Also, it’s global plasma month, so along with other Nerd Nites in Atlanta, Honolulu and NYC we’re celebrating the wonder of plasma physics.

Be there and be square

Nerd #1: Sarah Jaffray – Sexual Healing: A brief cultural history of the vibrator

The history of sex is filled with urban legends, but no object has been more mythologised than the vibrator. Many people associate the origins of the vibrator with the 19th century ‘dis-ease’ hysteria, but few people can explain what hysteria actually was or how the two became historically entwined. Discover the turbulent history of hysteria, the real origins of the vibrator and what makes it special to the history of sex aids.

Sarah is a Visitor Experience Assistant at Wellcome Collection. She is an art historian focussed on modernism, fascinated by the cultural history of medicine and frequently distracted by the oddities of 19th century society. Coincidentally, the topic of hysteria relates to it all. Disclaimer: Sarah, herself, is not a hysteric.

Nerd #2: Jenny Macdonald – Dating, data and human nature

There are a lot of clichés about how humans interact through dating services – some say the data shows that women over the age of 23 are past it, that the gender stereotypes are confirmed by statistical analysis, and that the use of optimal scripts and buzzwords will obtain ‘guaranteed results with women.’ I’ll attempt to challenge some of that nonsense.

Jenny manages a popular online dating service and has managed, moderated, and molly-coddled a wide range of online communities since the dark days of dial-up internet. She enjoys challenging behaviour, kicking out clichés and checking the facts.

Nerd #3: Christopher Chen- Why You Should Love Plasma (part of Global Plasma Month)

Plasma is often referred to as the fourth state of matter and makes up the majority of the visible universe. This talk will describe how plasmas in space (the Sun, stars, aurora, galaxy clusters) and on Earth (typically made in laboratories) are both fascinating and important, including the potential hazards of space weather and the search for a long term solution to the world’s energy crisis. This talk is part of Global Plasma Month, in which plasma physics is being promoted through a series of talks at Nerd Nites worldwide.

Chris is a research fellow in the Department of Physics, Imperial College London. His research involves the analysis of spacecraft data to understand the behaviour of plasmas in space. Previously he has worked at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of the team designing a set of instruments for the upcoming NASA Solar Probe Plus mission. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/christopher.chen

This month’s charity is The Samaritans

Tickets available here

Nerd Nite January- early nerd tickets on sale now

January 21st: Jaws, Hydrogen and Punk Science Engineering (with prizes!)

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, Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AH

Details: Wednesday 21st January Tickets £6. Early nerd tickets £5 (limited availability). Tickets available here
It’s a new year, and it’s time to re-awaken those brandy soaked brain cells and get 2015’s neurons firing with another dose of Nerd Nite London knowledge. This month we have the truths, myths and science of Jaws, an exploration of the power of hydrogen storage in the context of Tinder, and an interactive examination of engineering from the Science Museum’s Punk Science team.

Be there and be square.

Nerd #1: Steve White- Jaws, a natural history
Few films can have had such a negative impact on their subject matter as Jaws. The image of the shark was forever tarnished by the movie but what was truth, what was myth, what was hard science and what was cheap-thrills Shark Week factumentary? Discover the truth behind the great white shark and why it attacks humans!

Bio: Steve gave up a burgeoning career in genetics to go and work for Marvel UK, beginning his career as colourist on Care Bears. He went on to work on a number of illustrious titles such as Transformers, Thundercats, The Real Ghostbusters and The Knights of Pendragon. He has since developed into a pretty decent artist, specialising in Natural History and paleoart, and has written a number of non-fiction children’s book. He currently works at Titan Comics as senior editor, overseeing the launch of its new range of titles but also gets to work on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which is pretty cool. He also has aspirations of being a novelist.

Nerd #2: Anna Ploszajski – Tinder and Hydrogen: an explosive mix
The only thing worse than internet dating is internet dating as a female scientist. The lack of filters means that all of the pick-up one-liners you receive render the sender deeply unsuitable for one reason or the other. However, once you bring hydrogen storage into the equation, the reaction becomes even more unpredictable.

Bio: Anna is a PhD student in materials science at UCL. By day she researches solid materials which store hydrogen for use in portable applications like cars and electronic devices. By night she crusades for gender equality in the sciences and amasses a list of traj dating tales.

Nerds #3: Jon Milton and Sam Furniss- Punk Science presents Engineering
An interactive game show that will be paying tribute to the great world of engineering. Have fun, perhaps win some prizes and hopefully learn something about engineering.

Punk Science are the resident comedy team of the Science Museum. Jon Milton and Sam Furniss have both been part of the stand up comedy circuit and have lots of experience performing interactive Science shows at the Science Museum. Combining these two things to interest and entertain adults – why should children get all the fun.

Tickets available here

Nerd Nite- November 19th- death penalty, boring (under London) and 5th Century nerds

The myths around the death penalty, boring under the Thames and hear about the original nerds from 5th Century BC.    All at Nerd Nite London on November 19th  2014

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, Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AH

Details: Wednesday 19 November  Tickets £6. Early nerd tickets £5 (limited availability). Tickets available here

Drink away those autumn chills and warm your brain with another dose of Nerd Nite London knowledge. This month we have the death penalty, the original nerds (5th Century BC) and tunnelling under the Thames.

Be there and be square.

Talk One: Annette So: “We need to talk about the death penalty”

Do we want to live in a society that allows the state to kill? Annette will talk about the issues surrounding wrongful convictions; the myths of deterrence and public opinion; and why the death penalty debate is still current in the 21stcentury.

Bio: Annette is a human rights lawyer who works at a London-based charity providing free legal representation to death row prisoners around the world.

Talk Two: Refik Gomen: The Original Nerds: Why was western science born in 5th century BC Asia Minor?

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What motivated a group of men in Ancient Greece to think that the natural world wasn’t just a playground for the Gods, but something that could be studied and explained? Their rejection of the mythological and magical laid the foundation for western science: for the first time they asked questions such as “what are the fundamental building blocks of the universe?”, “can matter change from one form to another?”

Through understanding the lives of these Presocratic philosophers we can also begin to examine the conditions necessary for free thought.

Bio:
Refik Gomen is a consultant kidney doctor at Guy’s Hospital with a particular interest in transplantation. He loves the idea of thinking about the universe while sitting on the shores of the Aegean…

Talk Three: Crossrail – tunnelling under the Thames presented by Agnieszka Mazurkiewicz, Olga Konopka, Sally Keeney. 

Description: Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project and its to create a 118 kilometre rail line linking west and east London via 21km of twin-bored tunnels.

This talk will be presented by three Crossrail Civil Engineers, who  enlighten you with great facts, and the  technical know-how applied in overcoming the challenges of tunnelling under the Thames (one lucky audience member may even get to eat some “concrete” jelly).

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Agnieszka Mazurkiewicz is a Structural Engineer working on Crossrail as a Tunnel Designer. She spent most of her professional carrier in ARUP design office “exploring” fascinating world of stresses-strains-and-deformations of complex concrete structures.

Olga Konopka is a Civil Engineering graduate working as an Assistant Engineering Manager,handles design issues on site. Before her Civil Engineering career began, she worked as a jeweller.

Sally Keeney, a Field Engineer on Crossrail, spends most of her working day out on site in bright orange dealing with the various characters and banter on the construction site. Her inspiration for engineering stems from seeing the transformation from 2D drawings to a final structure.

Tickets available here

Nerd Nite London- October 15th. Early nerd tickets now on sale

Have we reached ‘peak beard’? How bad is the English football team? Who invented credit cards and why? Find out the answers to all this and more at Nerd Nite London on October 15th 2014
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, Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AH
Details: Wednesday 15th October, Doors at 7.45pm. Tickets £6. Early nerd tickets £5 (limited availability).

Tickets available here: https://billetto.co.uk/nerdnitelondon-bf1b43-0cb695-6b0fc8
Drink away those autumn chills and warm your brain with another dose of Nerd Nite London knowledge. This month we have hair, beards, sport and money. Be there and be square.

Nerd #1- Candice Zen, ‘Hairstyles and beards: a social history’

From the Egyptians who were into shaving everything and Henry VIII who imposed heavy taxes on beards, through the cockroach-infested wigs of the 18th century and Kevin Keegan perms of the 1970’s, to modern day dip-dyes and retro handlebar moustaches. Candice will lift the lid on the strange world of hair and barbering, telling stories of the eccentric people in the industry and grooming habits we had and still have.

Bio: Candice is a professional barber and hairstylist. She spends her days cutting and styling hair, shaving and swapping stories and secret histories with her London clients.

Nerd #2 – Rob Minto, ‘Narratives and numbers in sport’

Sport revolves around two things: narrative, and numbers. Narrative is emotions, rivalries and legend. But we need the numbers to work out what’s actually going on. And there are some surprising results. Here are three things you probably didn’t know about sport: the Olympics is getting easier; England do well at the World Cup; and Usain Bolt is actually quite slow. OK, that last one is a little bit of a stretch, but Rob will crunch the data and challenge a few sporting assumptions.

Bio: Rob is a journalist who has worked at the Financial Times for probably too long, writing about markets, technology and other stuff. He is now writing a book on sport, which aims to be a visual tour of sporting myths, debates and data.

Nerd #3 – Chris Jones, ‘Boulders to bitcoins: A brief history of money’

It may not buy happiness, but it does make the world go round. Money. What is it and where did it come from? This talk will provide a brief, whirlwind look at the concept of money, its place in civilisation and the various historical cock-ups it’s caused along the way.

Bio: By day Chris Jones is a programmer. By night, he is batman. As well as this, Jones studied Economics at Lancaster University and LSE, and has been involved in monetary reform in the last few years.

All profits from the night go to charity. This month’s charity is Stroke Association. More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook www.faceboook.com/nerdnitelondon or visiting www.nerdnite.london.com
Tickets: https://billetto.co.uk/nerdnitelondon-bf1b43-0cb695-92f567

Next Nerd Nite London- September 17th, 2014

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Learn the secrets underpinning beaver dams and wasps’ nests, the science behind sci-fi, and how philosophy can help you to find out if you’re a Cylon at Nerd Nite London on 17th September 2014.

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, Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3AH
Details: Wednesday 17th September 2014, Doors at 8 pm, Tickets £6. Early nerd tickets £5 (limited availability). Tickets available here: https://billetto.co.uk/nerdnitelondon-bf1b43-0cb695

Nerd Nite London gets into its new monthly stride with another great line up. If you want to know what ants’ nests can teach us about construction, whether The Day After Tomorrow is as prescient as it seems, and whether you’re Number 7 then Nerd Nite London is the place to be on Wednesday 17th September.

Nerd #1 Reinier Zeldenrust- Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

How do animals build? What are the secrets behind beaver dams, wasp nests and termite mounds? What does that tell us about how clever animals are and how they think? I will take you through some examples of clever (and not so clever) animal architecture and zoom in on termite mounds, and what lessons we can draw for our own buildings.

Bio: Reinier Zeldenrust is probably of the few people in the construction industry who gets excited about the combination of insects and buildings. After studying astrophysics, he shifted his focus to sustainable building design and he wrote his master’s thesis at Cambridge University on the topic of termite architecture and the opportunities for imitation by human builders and designers. He works as an Environmental Designer at Atelier Ten.

Nerd #2 Hugh Mortimer- the science of Hollywood

Science fiction has a lot to answer for, Bruce Willis for starters. Not all of the science that comes out of Hollywood is bad, some of it is good while other bits can be just downright ugly. This talk will look at the science behind the fiction and will explain how the fiction can in turn influence the science.

Hugh is a research scientist working at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory where he develops new technologies for planetary exploration, which essentially means that he plays around with cool stuff for a living. However in his spare time he acts as a scientific adviser for Hollywood and has worked on big budget movies such as Prometheus, and is always surprized when they actually listen to him.

Nerd #3 Ayesha Janjua – Battlestar Galactica and the essence of being human
Philosophers have argued for centuries about what it is to be human, and the essence of what distinguishes us from other living creatures. Arguments about abortion and animal rights are based in notions of a difference between homo sapiens and other sentient or living creatures. But what is it to be human? Using Battlestar Galalctica to illustrate some core philosophical concepts, Ayesha will show us how to prove that we’re alive.

Bio: Ayesha is a part-time philosopher, full-time nerd, and avid BSG fan.

All profits from the night go to charity. This month’s charity is Contact the Elderly. 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.nerdnite.com/london

Tickets: https://billetto.co.uk/nerdnitelondon-bf1b43-0cb695