SCIENCE SHOWOFF curated by the International Year of Light, Star of Kings, February 17th

Isn’t light amazing? Without light you couldn’t use binoculars to see an enemy helicopter approach. Without light you couldn’t train a laser on the helicopter to target missiles onto it. Without light the resulting explosion would just be heat and sound and no fun to look at.

Have I played too much Call of Duty recently?

Science Showoff, the international (we have gigged in Wales and Scotland) chaotic science cabaret night has joined up with the International Year of Light to bring you a whole evening of fun-packed science performance with light in it. Well, most of you will be using your eyes to see the performances so light will be involved.

The gig is on February 17th (that’s a Tuesday) at the Star of Kings in London. Tickets are £6 (plus 60p booking fee) from here. All the ticket money is going to a charity chosen by Toby Shannon from the International Year of Light, which is Solar Aid. The doors open at 7pm.

“BUT WHO WILL BE SHOWING OFF SCIENCE?!?” you ask. Here’s who:

Steve Cross – your host and compere, science comedian and general troublemaker.

Toby Shannon – International Year of Light co-ordinator in the UK and general good egg.

Matthew Malek – Attaining EnLIGHTenment: This PechaKucha-style presentation covers the history of light in the universe. Starting from the very newest light, and travelling back to the footprint of the Big Bang, Dr. Matthew Malek covers light in all its luminescent glory!

Oli Usher – I’ve spent the last few years putting a positive spin on astronomy – so I’m going to see how much of that I can undo in nine minutes. Will feature: bad science, inarticulate scientists, priapic nebulae, boring discoveries, telescopes that burst into flames and unfortunately titled papers about Uranus.

Lex Webb – I’m going to talk about using light microscopy and fluorescent reporters in zebrafish to study gene expression during embryonic development.

Dr Prabhjot Saini (aka PJ) – Recently finished a PhD at Imperial College, but still working there as a post-doc because I love Chemistry!

Mike Sulu – Life when a university is your workplace.

Vivian Tong – I am a PhD student in the Materials Department at Imperial College London. Mostly I spend my days squashing small bits of metal and looking at them in big microscopes.

Lauren Gardiner – All life on Earth depends on plants. All plants depend on light. I specialise in plants from lovely sunny, warm places, places with LOTS of light. Except in the forest, which is mostly where my often misunderstood work as a botanist takes me.

Gemma Bale – Can you use light to measure brain activity? No? Well I can. I’ll be showing off science from my PhD at UCL, focussing (light) on blood, brains and babies.

Yamina Bakiri – How does your brain see?

Do buy a ticket and come and join us for a night where puns on the word ‘light’ will be strictly limited.

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