I’ll soon write about what happens in congresses where scientists share the results of their research. Today, however, I’ll tell you what hardly ever happens.
The 25th SETAC Europe congress is held this week in Barcelona. This is going to be the second year with a science slam session. And that’s quite uncommon in congresses—sadly enough.
But what’s a ‘science slam’? It’s a sort of show, usually a contest, in which scientists tell their findings in an entertaining and intelligible way. Anything from stand-up comedy or magic to plays, dancing or singing. Bring it on. In fact, if we’re to attract interest into science, we should take our register down a level and get rid of formalities.
That’s why, and since I can’t remember the last time I organised a show, I decided to apply as a contestant. And I went wild. This year, SETAC congress delegates are going to enjoy—or not—a Disney musical about aquaculture using pesticides against parasites on salmon and they’re going to know whether it is safe or not to eat them (meaning salmon, not parasites).
This is the application video—with subtitles if you need them. Wish me luck.