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After-Lab Science Comedy


An unforgettable night of science news of the week presented in a fun and refreshing way, and science explained in form of a Disney musical and a drag queen show.

performing artists

  • Matthew Murtha. Researcher at Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and humorist.
  • Marnie Manning. Rising comedian from the United States.
  • Òscar Aznar Alemany. Researcher at IDAEA-CSIC and drag queen Lana Vuli at night.


Mau-Mau Lounge Bar. C/ d’En Fontrodona, 35. Barcelona


Scidf participants

© Scientist Dating Forum 2020

Last 1st of March SciDF offered one of our less frequent but just as enjoyable fun social events at bar Maumau.

This SciDF4Fun happened the evening after our presence at YoMo so it was a chance for SciDF and YoMo members and friends to network while having fun.

you look at the author of this text, you’ll realise it’s a special blog
post. No, it’s not an ego situation, but it is a bit of a case of me,
myself and I. I was part of the organisation of the event, took part in
the advertising as a member of the communication team and even performed
on the day. Someone decided you hadn’t had enough of this mad scientist
and commissioned me the article. It’s SciDF4Fun after all, so we can afford some oddity.

Of course, being involved in most steps doesn’t mean doing it all by myself. Check the Our team page to see the people involved in each working group. Plus, people from other sections of SciDF helped on the venue. All those events about collaborating and building bridges; we ought to lead by example. And we managed to have full house, i.e. 100 people.

Lana Vuli and Dr. Matthew Murtha

Exotic blond from overseas and host for the night Ryan Armstrong cracked the first jokes to welcome the audience to the four-piece science comedy show. The first half of the event included my Disney musical on pesticides in farmed salmon and Dr. Matt
and Marnie’s humorous review of the last news in science. It’d be wrong
of me to brag that we delivered comedy gold, but then, I was taught to
always speak the truth.

Ryan called the break for people to
interact and refill their glasses —to have them easier in case we only
delivered comedy silver. I must admit I missed that part but I could
feel the ambience from the next room where I was getting ready for the
second half. The second part of the show consisted of a cabaret number on seafood safety by Lana Vuli
(aka drag queen me) and a science quiz by Dr. Matt and Marnie, who
rewarded right answers with sweets so people would go home with a nice
aftertaste of the event.

After Ryan closed the show with the last
jokes, people stayed for one last drink, not out of disrespect for
Ryan’s closure but because the mood was right. And this is what happens
when people love science and are serious about it but know to enjoy it too.

Òscar Aznar Alemany