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Science Showoff

The season of chaotic science cabaret with guest curators has begun! We started in March with Elise Bramich's lineup that explored the paranormal through stories, art, music, jokes and science. But now it's April, and it's time for our second curator, physicist Tom Whyntie, and his hand-selected team of Top Boffins to entertain you.

This gig is at the Star of Kings, which is here, just up the road from Kings Cross Station and the Guardian offices. We'll be in the basement, and the doors will open at 7pm. The gig starts at 7.30 and will run through to about 10pm with an intermission. Tickets (all the money goes to charity) are available from the link below. But what can we offer you on stage?

How about:

Steve Cross – compere, comedian and a man who genuinely doesn’t want to know how magnets work because it will SPOIL THEM.

Rob Wells - Rob Wells is a comedian and data geek who will delve into the inner workings of the British Psyche through the power of Google search trends.

Lewis Dartnell – Lewis Dartnell is an astrobiology research fellow at the University of Leicester, studying how we might detect life on Mars. But tonight he’ll be talking about something completely different: how to survive the apocalypse, avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the reboot of civilisation…

Dana Boebinger – Dana is a neuroscientist, flutist, and ailurophile who studies speech perception using big magnets.

Sam Martin – Big data, Twitter and your health explored.

Michael Willmott – “A Student Walks into a Library…” - A designer and engineer, i’m building Knodium ( and looking at how technology in education can tell us more about how people learn and communicate.

Colin Stuart – Science presenter, writer & author. Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer.

Megan Whewell – Astrophysicist at UCL and ex-Space Centre explainer.

Mun Keat Looi – Mun-Keat Looi is also an author of the Big Questions in Science, but also a Commissioning Editor for new science publication Mosaic. In a startling coincidence, he also helped organise a Big Questions campaign for Mosaic asking people what the most important question about life science had yet to answer. Through this double-barrel of Big Question experience he will attempt to deliver some form of insight into what a big question is and what happens when you ask people about it.

Gemma Hurley – Gemma Hurley is a comedy writer and producer, and half of Shut Up Infinity! (who make science comedy films).

Magdalena Zarowiecki – Bioinformatician and evolutionary biologist, who spends most of her time trying to figure out stuff Nature has already figured out millions of years ago. She will be talking about how to make sense of[masked] very small pieces of a genome.

All your ticket money (except the booking fee) will be donated to the Play Association of Tower Hamlets, a charity that helps local children to play in safety.

Buy tickets quick. March sold out with a day to go and some people missed out!

Cost and Booking


Please book your own ticket from here:

They will sell out. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. RSVPing here does not mean you have a ticket or that you will get in. Please buy your own ticket and let us know in comments that you have done so. 

Meeting up

We'll meet at the pub from 6pm onwards so we have some time with each other before we go in. 

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  • Mansi

    Really enjoyed this, both funny and interesting. Nice to meet everyone too!

    April 16, 2014

  • Pedro P.

    I couldnt make it, hope you all enjoyed it :)

    April 16, 2014

  • Lynn C

    Never laughed so much in ages...brilliant!

    April 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have arrived. Sitting upstairs by the bar with blue stripy shirt and red book.

    April 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've got a ticket, see you there!

    April 9, 2014

  • Jobeda A.

    Host tickets are bought!

    March 20, 2014

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