‘Seafood Tango’, a cabaret act about seafood safety

Ladies and gentelmen, this year’s SETAC meeting will bring the 4th edition of their science slam session. And I wouldn’t miss it for the world!

Preparations for the video [photo©: Manuel García]

Preparations for the video [photo©: Manuel García]

SETAC Europe 27th annual meeting is taking place in Brussels next May. If you have read my blog in the last two years, you already know that my favourite session of the SETAC congress is the science slam. If you are new to my humble site, this session allows scientists to present their research in original and unexpected entertaining ways.

I’ve always been of the opinion that science slam is like sex; it’s great to watch, but it feels so much better to participate! That’s why, once more, I’m submitting a video presentation of my new show in order to be selected for this year’s session.

This cabaret-style number is a seafood take on Cell Block Tango from the musical Chicago. It was premiered at the ECsafeSEAFOOD Final Conference three weeks ago, also in Brussels. Now I’m going to share it with a bigger audience —because I didn’t learn to do my make-up for just one day, girl!

The good thing is this time I’m not singing that much. You’re welcome.

Pesticides in salmon – the musical

Grilled salmon [photo©: woodleywonderworks]

Grilled salmon [photo©:

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.