NNB 50: Science, Chocolate, Art and Africa

It’s our 50th Nerd Nite! Come celebrate with evidence-based entertainment, cake and beer. Be there and be square.

Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start.

£4 Regular Nerds
£3 Unemployed/NUS/65+ Nerds
Tickets from Rialto Theatre

We regularly sell out- so if you buy a ticket you can’t use, please let us know on the Facebook page so we can ensure disorganised nerds who forgot to buy a ticket in time can still come.

Our speakers this month:

Dr Mahmoud Maina: Inspiring the future generation of Africans using science

Mahmoud Maina is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sussex studying neurodegeneration. Mahmoud obtained his BSc in Human Anatomy from the University of Maiduguri, and then lectured at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Maiduguri, Nigeria. In 2011, Mahmoud joined the University of Sussex for an MSc in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience. He was then awarded a Chancellor’s International Research Scholarship (CIRS) for a Ph.D in the Serpell Lab on the role of nuclear Tau in Alzheimer’s disease, which he recently completed. In his spare time, Mahmoud is a passionate science communicator, for which he was awarded a science communication award in 2017 by the Royal Society of Biology. He founded the TReND in Africa outreach programme and serves as the outreach coordinator. TReND have inspired thousands of students about science and continue to enhance public understanding of science. Mahmoud recently became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for the purpose of enlarging science through public engagement in Africa.

Dr Katy Petherick: Science, the public and a chocolate lab

After investigating cancer for 6 years, Katy now spends her time promoting opportunities for scientists to inform, collaborate and co-produce research with the general public. She currently works at the University of Sussex as Public Engagement Coordinator, and leads initiatives around Brighton that increases interaction with science: she co-founded the British Science Association Brighton and Hove branch and STEMbusters. She is passionate about promoting minorities in science, supporting local activities such as Soapbox Science Brighton and Out and About STEM, and believes if anything can get people participating in science, a chocolate lab can.

Nick Sayers: STEAM-powered! Adventures in science and art

Nick Sayers is a science-inspired artist based in Brighton. He has made drawing machines from bicycles, six-month-exposure pinhole cameras from beer cans, geodesic shelter domes from estate agent signs, and has Cycled The Solar System in Goa. He has shown his work internationally at art and science events in countries including India, Canada, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Holland, USA, Portugal and Hungary. Nick will discuss his work, and how it has communicated science to a wider public in a creative, quirky and engaging way.

Hosted by Nerd Nite Brighton founder, Partha Das

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NerdNiteBrighton/
Twitter: @brightonnerd
Tickets from Rialto Theatre

Photo in poster by Nick Sayers

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