You’re Up Next!

Can you teach someone to be funny? Is it wrong to laugh at things that are challenging or upsetting? How can we use humour to help understand and make meaning from current university research? These are the type of questions being asked, and answered, on You’re Up Next, a new …

Public Engagement at NUI Galway

Five NUI Galway public engagement and education initiatives have been awarded funding of more than €175,000 through Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme, to fund projects dedicated to educating and engaging with 112,000 members of the public in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in 2020. The funding awards were announced …

Establishing a Science Comedy Variety Night in Ireland

We’re very happy to report the first academic paper about Bright Club Ireland, which was published over the holidays in Science Communication! As we say in our abstract: Bright Club is a public engagement initiative bringing together research communication and the performing arts since its inception in London in 2009. …

Bright Club Open Call 2019

In the Autumn of 2019, Bright Club Ireland, the variety night uniting academic research and comedy, will fund two comedians / performers to develop material related to climate action in collaboration with a researcher from this field and the Climate Ambassador Programme.  Given the urgent but overwhelming nature of this …

My call to arms

What an incredible experience! In the world of science communication, Bright Club is one of the best experiences any scientist can have. On its own website, they define themselves as “a variety night for lateral minds, where researchers become comedians for a night! Each event features academics from science, humanities, …

Living The Dream

You probably didn’t realise it, but comedy is an exact science. The proof was discovered by Mark Twain, and it can be described as fundamentally as the relationship between energy and matter: (Comedy = Tragedy X Time) If we take this to be true, then scientists are surely some of …