Brighton Science Festival

Nerd Nite Brighton: Science Festival Special



Thursday 18 October

7.30pm - 10.30pm

The Rialto Theatre
11 Dyke Road
Brighton, BN1 3FE
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For the past five years Nerd Nite Brighton has been bringing the best in evidence-based entertainment to the city. Each month three speakers from a range of disciplines takes to the stage to regale the audience with tales of their adventures in science, technology, medicine and more. This month:

Kanna Ingleson: The art of taxidermy
It all started quite accidentally with a fish in a box. In the decade that followed, Kanna Ingleson accumulated a private taxidermy museum that is threatening to overrun her home in St Leonards-on-Sea. Here you will find a fully grown lioness comfortably cohabiting with a winged cat, a bunch of two-headed freaks and a couple of hundred stuffed creatures of varying age, beauty, and value. Kanna explains what motivates an otherwise sensible woman to spend all her money and an unreasonable amount of time investigating and accumulating dead animals. Kanna is the founder and editor of #taximag, an online and print magazine showcasing the taxidermy art revival.

Duncan Phillips: The importance of Islamic architecture on everything we know about English architecture.
Students who learn about architecture and the history of architecture in England are rarely told the complete story. Duncan will fill in the gaps that the history books seem to miss out. Duncan specialises in listed buildings and has surveyed thousands of every type and age, throughout the UK. He also lectures regularly on building surveying, architectural history and building conservation topics. 

Professor John Drury: Crowds, riots and simple behaviours: Beyond contagion.
 Numerous simple behaviours (such as smiling, scratching, yawning, and laughing) and complex phenomena (such as riots) have been described as cases of contagion. John suggests new ways of thinking about unintended influence in groups and crowds, based on the concept of shared social identity. John Drury is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Sussex. He has researched numerous crowd events including the Hajj, the London bombings of July 7th 2005, the Hillsborough disaster and the 2011 English riots. His research has informed the training of the UK Fire and Rescue Service and crowd safety managers and stewards. 

Plus there is the nerd quiz and nerd news. AND with free cake.

“If you like nerds, raise your hand. If you don’t, raise your standards.” said author Violet Haberdasher. 

Hosted by Dr Mick Taylor

Thursday 18 October

7.30pm-10.30pm

Ages 18+

Tickets Book Now
£4 Regular Nerds
£3 Unemployed/NUS/65+ Nerds

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The Rialto Theatre, 11 Dyke Rd, Brighton, BN1 3FE