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Science and storytelling collide at Pathology Museum event

Six speakers take the microphone at Barts Pathology Museum – part of Queen Mary, University of London - on Tuesday 25 June to share touching, absurd, and funny personal stories about the science that has changed their lives.

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After three years of successful events in New York City, The Story Collider comes to Queen Mary to explore the science that surrounds us, affecting people on both a personal and emotional level.

Dr Brian Wecht of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary is the show’s co-founder. He comments: “By engaging with science through the art of storytelling, this free event demonstrates how medicine, technology, maths, and social sciences can have an unexpected impact on everyday life.”

Storytellers at this free event will be:

Alex Brown - Science communicator
Louise Crane - History student, UCL
Deborah Frances-White - writer, comedian, and storyteller
Chris French - Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths
Peter Kalmus – Physicist, Emeritus Professor, Queen Mary
Ben Still - Particle Physicist, Queen Mary

Previous speakers and their subjects include: American science writer John Rennie, talking on how a college course forced him to confront both an aggressive rat and himself; Journalist Sarah Everts on being bitten by a potentially rabid dog; Neuroscientist Stuart Firestein on how he switched careers from theatre manager to scientist; and former high-tech hacker Moran Cerf, who was declared dead by a computer glitch whilst very much alive.

The Story Collider is a not-for-profit organisation committed to sharing true science stories for free via live events, podcasts and magazines. Visit to listen to stories from previous live events.

Tickets to this event are free and include a drinks reception and time to look around the Museum’s medical specimens. Seats must be reserved through Eventbrite:

Barts Pathology Museum
3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre
St Bartholomews Hospital Outpatients Entrance
West Smithfield
EC1A 7BE London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 from 18:30 to 21:00. Stories begin at 19:00.

For media information, contact:

Mark Fuller
Head of Public Relations and Internal Communications