Game for Science

It’s all fun and games at Glasgow Science Festival this year! And we’re not talking Snakes and Ladders or Monopoly. On Sunday 8th June, State of Play comes to The Sparkle Horse, giving visitors the chance to try out a range of unique, quirky and entertaining board games – all with a science theme! Pop in for a pint and a roll of the dice. The event’s organiser, Iain Nisbet, gave us the lowdown. 


Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Iain Nisbet and by day I am a solicitor.  I run the education law unit at Govan Law Centre.  This is a charitable project which uses the law to help school pupils with additional support needs and their families.

Out of working hours, I like to sing, watch rugby and play board games.  I am married with two school aged children.

What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

Board games!  I am one half of State of Play ( which puts on large scale board gaming events at festivals and other public occasions.

At this year’s Glasgow Science Festival we will be teaching people how to play a whole host of amazing, entertaining, challenging and occasionally educational games – all with a science-y theme.  Together we will be saving the world from deadly pandemics, running our own chemistry labs, grappling with global warming and catching dinosaurs – and it’s going to be awesome.

With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, Glasgow is gearing up to welcome the world. What’s your top tip for visitors?

Static Games on King Street is a good place to buy new games, and Geek Retreat on Union Street a good place to play them.

Also, the early medieval carved crosses and hogback stones, relics of the ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde, on display at Govan Old Parish Church ( are truly outstanding – one of Glasgow’s hidden treasures.

Favourite Scottish food and drink?

It may be a stereotype, but you can’t do much better than haggis and whisky.

Impress us with your favourite science fact. Or joke.

According to research carried out by Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, Clinical Professor of Neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, playing board games regularly can reduce your chances of developing dementia by 30-40%.

Join Iain and friends in The Sparkle Horse on Sunday 8th June from 12-3pm and enjoy an afternoon saving the world from pandemic flu, solving the global warming crisis and creating dinosaur zoos, among other things!  Tickets are available online, book here


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