Dragons, thrones and the games they play

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 16 August

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Standard £14


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

You might think fantasy is the opposite of science, but Helen Keen and a round table of scientists would disagree. Join them for an evening of ice, fire, fantasy and fun to celebrate the paperback release of the ‘Science of Game of Thrones’.

About the speakers

Helen Keen is a multi award winning writer and performer. Her first solo stand up comedy show It Is Rocket Science has toured the UK and Europe, and ultimately launched 3 cult series of her original and critically lauded space comedy on BBC Radio 4. After being appointed the first Comedian in Residence at Newcastle University's Centre for Life Science Village she compered the first ever live comedy night at CERN, ‘Large Hadron Comedy’, before joining the Stargazing Live live roadshow as a comedian & history of space travel expert. Helen was a guest stand-up on the second TV series of The Alternative Comedy Experience (curated by Stewart Lee) on Comedy Central and a special guest StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Her first popular science book The Science of Game of Thrones is in shops now, and her ‘prime time’ Radio 4 series Big Problems With Helen Keen returns to the airwaves later this year.

Dr Rory Hadden is a fire scientist and the Rushbrook Lecturer in Fire Investigation at the University of Edinburgh. He works on understanding the flammability of materials and systems across across the fields of science and engineering. His current research interests include wildfires, ignition of composite materials and developing diagnostics to measure fire phenomena.

Jennifer Harrison is a science communicator, librarian, and evolutionary developmental biology PhD student. From live broadcasts of lizard births to the first genomes ever tweeted, her work blends science with comedy and technology. Writing for major science/tech websites and a regular at science festivals, she tackles diverse topics ranging from astrophysics to the psychology of belief.

Dr Suze Kundu is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Surrey's Chemical and Process Engineering Department. Although her research area is functional nanomaterials, as a science communicator she is able to delve into the wider applications of chemistry, physics and materials science and engineering all around us, and loves sharing this through live lectures, on TV (Discovery Channel) and radio.

Dr Jonathan Pettitt is a researcher and reader in genetics at the University of Aberdeen, where he investigates how genes build organisms. He, along with thousands of others worldwide, is trying to understand this big question by studying a tiny worm: Caenorhabditis elegans, which has many experimental advantages and shares much of its biology with humans. Beyond worm husbandry, he enjoys communicating genetics through a variety of events, and on occasion has resorted to stand-up comedy.

Book signing

Copies of Helen Keen's book, the Science of Game of Thrones, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

  • The Science of Game of Thrones, by Helen Keen

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