(check the video of the event)
Interviewing the Cientistas-de-pé
....while having your Saturday aperitivo
In a recent publication from Social Neurosciences I read that
"Human laughter is a powerful means of communicating social intention, ranging from welcoming and friendly to hostile and ridiculing."
Could the creation of laugher be an advantageous relaxed form that would allow the absorption of relevant scientific information? Or simply to demystify the complexity of science and scientists?
These were the assumptions of the project of Cientistas-de-pé (standup scientists) created in April 2009*.
The group was recruited among stage-naive scientists that in only 5 months should get ready to perform to 1500 people and making laugh at least 1000 of them.
The texts should be about science and scientifically accurate. The show would end the 2009 edition of Lisbon's European Researcher's Night* that took place in the wonderful gardens of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Two more editions were prepared in the following years and all the texts collected in a book published in 2013 - Toda a Ciência (Menos as partes chatas) - All Science (except the boring parts).
The group combines people with background in Informatic, Biochemistry, Environment, Biology, Sociology and Archeology. All coordinated by a duet of an Actor and a Chemist specialized in humoristic writing.
For the occasion of the Portuguese Semester celebrated by the colleagues working at JRC, 12 years after its formation, the groups is reunited for an interview-chat about the power of science communication through humour.
Please join us! There will be NO performances, but by mistake we might make you laugh, or learn a bit of science!
Sofia Batista Leite & Sergio Freire
The Cientistas De Pé present:
Cientistas de pé started from the the European Researcher's Night portuguese edition in 2009. It was developed among SettingTheStage project, Coordinated by Instituto Gulbenkian da Ciencia. the Researcher's night is an intitiative funded by the European Commission that takes place in several cities in Europe at the same time. The idea is to make science available to all that want to know more about it.