University of Glasgow inducted to Dara O Briain’s science club

4 October 2013

Comedian and scientist extraordinaire Dara O Briain hosted Glasgow Science Centre’s annual Question of Science Dinner and Quiz last night (Thursday 3rd of October) where nearly 350 people competed to become Question of Science champions!  After a well fought battle, University of Glasgow emerged as winners and lifted the coveted trophy.

At what speed does a wind become a hurricane? Where is your glabella? What happens to a goldfish if it’s left in the dark? 32 teams from across Scottish business and education communities put their science knowledge to the test during four rounds of complex conundrums and perplexing puzzles. The winners, topped the leader board from the start and fought off stiff competition from second place attorney firm Marks and Clerk.

The highlight of the night was host Dara O Briain who brought an infusion of science and comedy to the event. Known most for his television and stand up career, Dara is an accomplished mathematical physicist. Using his experience from panel shows like Mock the Week, Dara compered the quiz element of the evening. Dara took some time out from his quiz master duties, taking questions from guests ranging from what experiments he would most like to do on his science club programme to do science and comedy mix?

Chief Executive Dr Stephen Breslin said: “Our mission is to present science is a fun and interactive way and our Question of Science event epitomises this. Scotland makes great contributions to science and technology and last night gave people from business, scientific and academic organisations the opportunity to come together and celebrate in an innovative and entertaining way.

The highlight of the night for me, and I am sure for many others, was Dara O Briain. Programmes like Stargazing Live, School of Hard Sums and Dara O Briain’s Science Club bring science into people’s living rooms and scientists like Dara present it in an accessible way. It stimulates discussion, making people ask questions about the world around them- helping to spark an interest in science.”

Dancing tongues of fire, liquid nitrogen explosions and electromagnetic radiation were amongst some of the some spectacular demonstrations alongside the taxing quiz questions. Guests were on the edge of their seats, racking their brains to try to predict just what would happen next! As well as the quiz, guests dined on a delectable menu of truffle stuffed chicken and raspberry crème brûlée.

Stephen continues: “As an educational charity, all profits from events like Question of Science are reinvested back into our charitable fund that we will use to further our mission and engage people across the country in science. We would to thank everyone who attended and supported the event last night, and you are helping us to educate the scientists of tomorrow.”

Neil Bowering of the winning University of Glasgow team said:

"The evening was a great opportunity for our team of passionate science communicators to celebrate the work we have been doing over the past year with the Glasgow Science Centre and other organisations.  The fact that we won the quiz made the event that bit more enjoyable and we look forward to defending the title next year!"



Glasgow Science Centre