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Nerd Nite Reykjavík #8

We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly-ish event held in more than 100 cities across the globe during which several folks give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s like the Discovery Channel…with beer.

Join us on Sunday 19 July at Loft Hostel Bar (4F)!

Free entrance. Talks begin 8:30 PM

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“Chemical weirdness in space: How the Universe breaks all the rules you learned in your chemistry class”
by Helgi Rafn Hróðmarsson

In my twenty minutes I will give an introduction to chemistry in space. When we learn chemistry in school we more or less learn about an idealized chemistry that takes place at ambient temperatures and pressures. In space, however, things are vastly different. Near-zero temperatures, no real pressure, ultraviolet and X-ray radiation fields give rise to some truly strange but incredibly important chemical processes. Whether it is stars, planets or life itself… without this weird chemistry, none of them would exist.

Bio: Helgi Rafn Hróðmarsson is a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratory for Astrophysics at Leiden Observatory. He has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Iceland and is a laboratory astrochemist. He serves on the editorial board of the AstroPAH newsletter ( and writes about science under the pseudonym The Cosmic Chemist (see & Outside of science he plays drums for the Icelandic black metal bands Misþyrming and Carpe Noctem.

York Underwood (Comedian/Writer)
Presentation Summary TBA


Jul 19 2020


20:00 - 23:00


Loft Hostel Bar
LOFT, Bankastræti, Reykjavík, Iceland