Bright Club is a public engagement project that uses comedy to bring academic research to the public. It is a national project, funded by Science Foundation Ireland with events across Ireland and aims to work with all higher education bodies.
2017-2018 has seen great expansions for the project, with new partners including the Community Knowledge Initiative (NUIG), CURAM (NUIG SFI Centre), the Research Office in NUI Galway and AMBER (TCD SFI Centre).
Bright Club was founded and developed in Ireland by Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield and is Coordinated by Áine Gallagher.
The CKI is delighted and proud to be associated with this innovative university community engagement activity and hopes to help Bright Club gain a strategic foothold withinhigher education in Ireland. Lorraine McIlrath joins the national Bright Club Ireland Advisory Board that meets quarterly and reviews activites.
Bright Club is continuing to work to include a diverse range of participants, reach a wider audience and enhance the impact of the project.
At Bright Club events, academic speakers provide short humorous talks about their work, alongside professional comedians in an informal pub setting. See here for some examples! Speakers receive professional training on communicating their research using humour, and the broad range of topics, high production value, and casual setting help to attract a diverse audience. Bright Club shows that academic research is relevant to everyone, builds researcher communication skills and identity and raises the confidence of those who attend to discuss research informally.
Up to 2018 Bright Club Ireland has:
- Hosted 43 events across Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Monaghan and Athlone
- 120 academics have received training and taken part
- Just over 3,500 individuals have attended as live audience members
- Bright Club online presence has reached an audience of 30,000