Nerd Nite London turns 5! May 16th 2018

Backyard Bar & Comedy Club

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Wednesday 16 May 2018
Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Tickets from £6
Date Night, Something A Little Different, Classes
Bethnal Green
Over 18

Nerd Nite London is a monthly event where three speakers give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines, while the audience drinks along.

Address: the Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0EL

Details: Wednesday May 16th

Early nerd tickets £6, general admission £7.50. 

Doors open: 6.30pm, event starts: 7.30pm

Nerd Nite London aims to teach you details about subjects which you didn’t even know you were curious about, while you drink beer and learn things you didn’t know you didn’t know. Join us for our 5th birthday celebrations, while we learn about fatbergs, fake food, and why swearing is good for us. Be there and be square.

Fatbergs, Floods and Day Zero – fending off The Waterpocalypse

The end is nigh! Or is it? In an age of rapid global change and clickbait prophecies of doom, this presentation will take a dive into the world of water scarcity to ask: What’s the situation with our water and what can science do about it?
Charlotte Ivison is a strategy analyst for Thames Water, nerding out on data every day to make sure everyone (well, everyone in the South East) will still have water when we’ve all got electric self-flying cars and her job has been taken over by a robot.

Swearing is Good for You

You've been told it's the sign of a stunted intellect and a poor vocabulary, you've been warned that it just makes things worse, but everything we generally believe about swearing is wrong.
With copious f-bombs and footnotes, Dr Emma Byrne will arm you with the science of swearing, so you'll know how to use it to kill pain, create stronger teams, and build your emotional literacy. Some strong language will be used.
Dr Emma Byrne is an AI researcher and computational neuroscientist. Her work includes building a robot to do genomics research, and an agent to play video games, making hundreds of doctoral students redundant at a stroke. She's the author of 'Swearing is Good for You' and regularly appears on national and international radio on the subjects of swearing and robotics. 

There's No Such Thing as Natural

In a world filled with superfoods, GMOs, and botox, it can be hard to tell fad from fiction. But worshipping 'natural' and demonising our own innovations isn't the answer. This presentation will take you on a journey through the wonders and perils of nature and bioengineering, demystify the media jargon, and try to convince you that there really is no such thing as 'natural’.

Claire Asher is a science writer and performer with a PhD in giant ant behaviour. She's fascinated by ecology, sustainability and the diversity of the natural world. Her love of food and the environment have led her to wonder what a good diet really looks like.

All proceeds from Nerd Nite London go to charity. This year we are partnering with the Shine Trust to help foster a new generation of nerds. More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook  or visiting For more information about the Shine Trust visit 

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Backyard Bar & Comedy Club
231 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 0EL

East London

Nearest station:
Bethnal Green (Tube)


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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £3.40
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.20
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.50
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £3.70
Bottle of House Wine £14.00
Bottle of Champagne £22.00

A word from the chef:
A range of gourmet burgers on freshly baked rolls, sandwiches on freshly made bread and pizzas cooked by our Jamie Oliver trained chef and served until 10pm every night and 11pm on Saturdays!


Nerd Nite London

Regular events during which several folk give 15-20 minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. With beer. Be there & be square.

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Great event, I'm a regular! So yet another great night where I learned and laughed. Visited Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on 2018-05-16
by on May 20th, 2018

Loved the concept and the venue. I enjoyed the evening but I did think the speakers would be a bit more expert in their fields or maybe the title of the presentations were slightly misleading. Either way I would go to another event!! Visited Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on 2018-05-16
by on May 18th, 2018

Always a fantastic evening, great venue and hosts. Visited Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on 2018-05-16
by on May 18th, 2018

Brilliant atmosphere, interesting talks but lots of fun too. Particularly enjoyed Emma Byrne's presentation. Visited Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on 2018-05-16
by on May 18th, 2018

Fab night - the hosts were brilliant and the talks were cracking :) Thanks for having me! Visited Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on 2018-05-16
by on May 18th, 2018

Great as always! Can’t wait for next month’s event. Visited Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on 2018-05-16
by on May 18th, 2018

Very entertaing, really recommended for anyone wanting to learn a little and have some fun Visited Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on 2018-05-16
by on May 18th, 2018

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