Open Call 2020!

In the Autumn of 2020, Bright Club Ireland, the variety night uniting academic research and comedy, will fund two comedians / performers to develop material related to COVID-19 and the current pandemic, in collaboration with academic researchers working in these areas.  Given the urgent relevance that science communication has taken …

Why Science Comedy?

This first episode of our new podcast You’re Up Next features Steve Cross, who founded Bright Club in the UK, with our host Jessamyn Fairfield. Listen here or read through the transcript below. Jessamyn Fairfield: Sometimes, science can feel like a joke. Experiments don’t work, simulations produce physically impossible outcomes, …

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. …