Nerd Nite and Science Showoff do Speed Dating


  • Dating, Something A Little Different and Comedy
  • Tickets from £20.00
  • Hackney
  • 18-40
  • Wed, 4th May 2016 @ 19:00 - 22:00
  • 19:00 - 22:00

May the fourth is Star Wars Day and so it holds a special and auspicious place in the nerd calendar. That’s why the folks at Nerd Nite London and Science Showoff have chosen this date to hold their first ever Speed Dating event, providing smart, interesting nerdy men and women with a chance to meet the one. (Just in case you’re wondering it’s not a fancy dress event, unless you’re always in cosplay)

Before the slightly awkward nerdy speed dating begins, we’ll have a talk from Scientist and TV expert Dr Emily Grossman on ‘X –Rated Weird and Wonderful Science Facts’ to help get the conversation flowing.

Did you know that two thirds of people turn their head to the right when kissing? Or that some animals eat their own babies? Would it surprise you to discover that some insects leave their penis behind in the female after sex? Or that one crazy creature rips off its penis and throws it at the female… so she can inseminate herself? Is it possible that you make better decisions when you need a wee? All these will be covered by Dr Emily.

Tickets are strictly limited to 40 attendees (20 men, 20 women).

At the event:
Guests will be greeted by a member of the Nerd Nite London team on arrival, before the evening events kick off with a talk from Dr Emily on ‘‘X –Rated Weird and Wonderful Science Facts’. 

Then after the talk, the dating begins. This will follow the standard speed dating format where you chat to someone for four minutes and then speak to the next individual. Everyone will be noting down which nerds they want to see again.

At the end of the dates we’ll collect the score cards and get in touch with the matched individuals so they can take things further (if they want too!). The whole thing will be kept ticking over by host Steve Cross.


Photo by Full Circle Photography Calgary





Ticket Event time Cost
Male - speed dating
Nerd Nite/ Science Showoff speed dating for men
19:00 - 22:00 £20.00
Female - speed dating
Nerd Nite/ Science Showoff speed dating for women
19:00 - 22:00 £20.00



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Nerd Nite
Nerd Nite London is a monthly event where three speakers deliver a 21 minute talk about, well, pretty much anything, while the audience drinks along. Basically, it’s evidence-based entertainment in a bar. Previous talks have included ‘The technology of terminator’ delivered by Leila Johnston, ‘What it’s like to be a freedom fighter’ presented by woman of the year Diana Nammi, and ‘How to avoid a hangover’ explained by Wellcome science book prize winner Dr Richard Stephens (unfortunately the answer was to drink less). Nerd Nite is not for profit and all proceeds go to charity.


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Hackney Attic

Hackney Attic is a fun-time bar come flexible space above Hackney Picturehouse; alongside their films they host DJ parties, film quizzes and comedy nights. Whether you want to check out the live music, or get on stage yourself at the open mic or spoken word nights, there is always some quirky event taking…

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