Research can be funnier than you think
People who think a bunch of academics giving a 10-minute overview of their research is dull will be pleasantly surprised if they visit the LuxDoc Science Slam.
With raps, theatre, poetry and comedy among other things, it is far more than just an academic gathering - it's a chance to learn something new and have a good laugh about subjects you may never have considered funny before.
“You don't have to have a huge academic background to come and enjoy the event. It's something that has a very big entertainment factor and will surprise you because people aren't really aware of all the things going on at the university,” slam organiser Laura Lakaff told wort.lu/en.
The event, held on October 2, is the second of its kind to be organised by LuxDoc, an organisation founded to help PhD candidates and junior researchers meet like-minded people.
For the researchers, many of which have come to Luxembourg from abroad and whose work is often solitary, the group is a chance to make friends in Luxembourg.
Meanwhile, Laura explained that the slam forces them to come out of the comfort zone of the world of academia and enter the “real world” by slamming in front of people who may not have an academic background or an understanding of their field.
“Even if you go to conferences, you're never really in the 'real world'. You're always talking to people who have some knowledge about what you're doing,” said Laura, adding: “But, everybody wants people to appreciate what they're doing. I think the slam is the platform for that.”
Last year, LuxDoc held their first slam, which attracted a variety of acts from a one-man show about French literature to a geography presentation without language.
Laura said: “It was really fun and it was quite unexpected what the people were doing. You have a certain idea how someone is going to tell you about their research. But I think it was surprising for most people.”
The next Science Slam takes place on October 2 at the Casino Luxembourg “Forum d'Art Contemporain” from 7pm.
Admission is 8 euros or free to LuxDoc members. Food and drink will be provided.
For more information, visit www.luxdoc.org.