Swearing is good for you

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 8 February

The Theatre

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

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

For something that is so good for us, swearing gets a bad rap. Science writer Emma Byrne will explore the close connection between bad language and our emotions. She will shed light on the latest in the neuroscience and origins of swearing.

The event will be hosted by Katie Silver of the BBC.

About the speakers

Emma Byrne is an honest-to-goodness robot scientist who, when she’s not developing intelligent systems, writes for Forbes, the FT and Global Business Magazine. She also frequently appears on Sky News and the BBC talking about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics.

Katie Silver is a health and science journalist working with the BBC in London. Previously, she was I was a television producer with Sky UK and a television and radio producer/reporter with the ABC in Sydney, specialising in science and business. She has also worked as a reporter/producer with Sky News Business and with CNN in New York.

Book signing

Copies of Emma's book, Swearing is Good For You, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


This event will be filmed and on the Ri Channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.

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