The funny side of science

On Monday 9th June, everyone’s favourite clever comedy night Bright Club is coming to The Admiral for a Glasgow Science Festival special, hosted by funny biologist and TV presenter Simon Watt. The show will coincide with Universities Week (9-15 June), with events taking place across the country to inspire the public about research.

On the night, six scientists and engineers will present their research through the medium of stand-up comedy! Brian Morton is one such performer, who’s doing Bright Club for the first time.


Who are you and what do you do?

I am a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. I am an Immunologist and my work is focused on identifying important molecules associated with the chronic inflammation seen in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

Having recently moved to Glasgow to pursue a career in biomedical research, Glasgow Science Festival affords me the opportunity to experience the city from a different perspective and to explore the interface between science, history and the arts. As a publicly-funded researcher, Bright Club offers a unique platform from which I can engage with the public about my research.

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

Experience a whisky tasting event directly before attending the Lawn Bowling; it will make the spectator experience infinitely more enjoyable.

Favourite Scottish food and drink?

There is a lot to be said for a late night Scooby Snack. By finishing one you feel like you’ve achieved something great.

I like to wash that down with a nice can of Vitamin T (Read: My flatmate works for Tennent’s and would disown me for publicly endorsing another brand).

Impress us with your favourite science fact. Or joke.

An electron driving down the motorway was pulled over by the police for speeding.

The policeman asked him, “Have you any idea how fast you were going?”

The electron replied, “No, but I can tell you where I am.”

Watch Brian, Simon Watt and five other funny academics take to the stage on Monday 9th June at The Admiral Bar, Waterloo Street. Tickets are available online, book here.


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