Science Communication in a stand-up comedy format – The Bright Club
I have seen many creative ways of doing science communication. Like my friend Janelle, who creates sushi artwork to explain hard-core scientific concepts and or my friend Heidi creator of Science On a Postcard, who creates sciency-related postcards to make science more accessible to the general public.
Science communication means making science more accessible to the general public making it funny, enjoyable. If you are new to my page, check out my old blog articles on how to start with science communication and why it’s important for scientists.
I went to Nottingham Bright Club last night with my friend Rachel. I was literally amazed by the show. Scientists talked about their research in a stand-up comedy format. The Nottingham Bright club is on Twitter and if you want to collaborate by telling about your research or how it is like to be an academic, you can drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The night was brilliantly hosted by Shalaka, a PhD researcher at the University of Nottingham. She started off by bringing up her personal experience of being a woman of colour in STEM. She is originally from India
and becoming a doctor is an attempt for her to get loved by her family again!
Claire Martine talked about the way how her PhD deployed her financially, how despite she broke up with her PhD, a funny way to describe the fact that she wants to leave academia after graduation, her PhD keeps coming back as a stalker and unwanted ex boyfriend!
The night proceeded with Jonny and Jorge, two of my PhD colleagues and fellow students at the University of Nottingham. They talked in a very hilarious way about the safety rules in the chemistry lab, such as wearing lab coats, safety specs, gloves and all the risk assessment forms we have to fill in before starting an experiment. Basically, risk assessment takes longer than setting up the actual chemical experiment.
The night concluded with Dr Catring, associate professor at the University of Nottingham, who talked about her daily life as a science and science fiction writer. She left the audience with some very powerful messages for women in science. 1. If you don’t have a role model in science or whatever else you do, b
e your own model. 2. If you are intelligent, successful and also a hotty, but it happens to be single, there might be a few scientific reasons:
a. You are so hot that you denature his proteins
b. According to the 2nd law of thermodynamics, you are supposed to share your hotness with the universe.
c. If you were an enzyme, you’d be DNA helicase, so that they could be scared that you ended up unwrapping his genes.
If you know someone that does science communication in a creative way please let me know and I will feature on my website. Thanks