Science Speakeasy: appily ever after

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 Set aside: 3 hours
 Who is it perfect for:  Adults (18+ only)
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In a world of gamified dating, are there any winners?

Dating apps can help people to widen their dating circles, but with another potential match just one swipe away, will anyone ever be satisfied with their current mate? Can you get addicted to dating apps? Are they used to find ‘The One’ or to provide a quick ego boost?

This event is part of the Science Speakeasy programme – a series in which important and often controversial topics are debated in a relaxed cabaret-style setting, all while sipping cocktails mixed by The Alchemist.* No question or statement is taboo, so these events are not suitable for anyone who is easily offended!


Meet the panellists

  • Nicola Fox Hamilton – A cyberpsychology researcher with an interest in online dating and the effect of personality on attraction.
  • Michalis Panayiotou – A recent Newcastle University graduate and founder of Visavis, a dating app engineered to empower its users to establish offline dates.
  • Lucy Vine – A self-proclaimed dating app-addict and best-selling author of Hot Mess – described as ‘the Bridget Jones of the Tinder generation’.
  • Melissa Whitaker – A sociology PhD student at Newcastle University whose PhD thesis From ‘Love Actually’ to ‘Love Aptually’ explores the impact of dating technology on people's views of intimacy and relationships.

Please note, as this event has limited capacity pre-booking is highly advised to avoid disappointment. Seating is unallocated. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Latecomers may not be permitted entry.

*Drinks sold separately. Food will not be served at Science Speakeasy.

Science Speakeasy is a partnership between Life and the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre at Newcastle University. PEALS is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019; it was founded in 1999 at Life, housed in one of the first buildings constructed on the science village, and later relocated to Newcastle University’s main campus. Life was completed in 2000 and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020.



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