The researchers, sharing the funny side of their work will be: Professor Joe Moran on shyness; Dr Fyaz Ismail on malaria; Elaine Aspinwall- Roberts on Hoarding; and Dr Tim Miles on comedy and the erotic. Headlining the event will be Kate Smurthwaite. Kate is a regular on television and radio, with appearances on Question Time and The Moral Maze. She’s a political campaigner for women’s rights, and also a brilliant stand-up: ‘ A powerhouse of observational wit’ according to The Spectator. Kate is of the finest political stand-ups on the circuit – not to be missed! Comedian, performance poet and poet-in-residence at the Glastonbury Festival, Kate Fox, will compere the event. Our special guest with be LJMU graduate, Sonia Doubleday, who, under her stage name of CheekyKita is making a name for herself on the comedy circuit: ‘A wonderful, silly, surreal, frantic and fantastical show ' according to the Edinburgh review.