The Dating Games: Science of Compatibility


We do tend to worry and we do need an even balance of men and women to make this work so we want some lovely back ups in case of drop-outs/no-shows. To make that happen we are offering 10 FREE stand-by-tickets (5 male, 5 female) for the event.

The stand-by-tickets get you:
1) A Free Drink
2) Entry to Dr Steve Cross’ comedy set (we’ve heard some of it and it split our sides!) at the beginning of the evening
3) The possibility of taking part in the event if someone from your gender does not appear by 7:30pm
4) Entry to the psychologist’s talk at the end of the evening (if you want to wait around).

You will NOT be able to watch the event as it happens unless you’re selected to take part on the evening.

Science London is seeking 25 guys and 25 girls who are straight, single and aged between 20-34 to come and participate in our speed dating experiment. If you are open-minded, up for a laugh, looking for someone special and curious to learn about the science behind the dating game then this is the event for you!

When you arrive you’ll be greeted by one of the Science London crew. We’ll hand you a drink (we’re so good to you) along with a scorecard and a short personality profile, which you can complete whilst mingling with the other guests. Once everyone has arrived we’ll be breaking the ice with a short burst of humour from the love guru that is Dr Steve Cross (co-founder of Science Showoff and Bright Club). What he doesn’t know about dating isn’t worth knowing!

Kiss No.2 by David Martyn Hunt
Kiss No.2 by David Martyn Hunt

You’ll now find yourself in a room full of potential romance. The air will be thick with pheromones and an eagerness to impress… so naturally for the first round of dates we will be plunging you all into complete darkness and giving you 3 minutes to talk to all of your possible soul mates with no idea what they look like. Accents are sexy right?

Then, we’ll turn on the lights and let you grab a drink before we plough ahead with round two where you will be able to look at each of your prospective love matches but with no talking allowed. It’s all in the eye contact. After you have ogled and chatted to everyone you’ll be given the chance to select your favourites from the dark and light before our behind-the-scene experts whisk away your scorecards and examine the data.

Whilst we are crunching the numbers you’ll be given the opportunity to quiz an expert psychologist about the scientific principles of attraction, dating and relationships. Some of you may be thinking this information would’ve been beneficial earlier in the evening… we say that would have been cheating 😉

The Science London data team will then report back to announce any successful matches. Should we find a couple (or couples) who have been attracted to each other’s dark conversation and light looks we will foot the bill for their first date. Will this novel dating approach help us to find true love? Honestly, we do not know. But we can have a lot of fun finding out together!

Please note that when you sign up to this event you will also be participating in a real experiment into the science of dating. There will be journalists at this event who may wish to talk to you about your experience; you will have the option to share your information or decline.

Date: Tuesday 10th of July 2012
Time: Doors open at 7pm (dates starting promptly at 7:30pm)
Place: APT Bar, Aldermary House, 10-15 Queens Street, London. EC4N 1TX [gmap]
Cost: SOLD OUT! Depending on how this event goes we hope to run another similar one in the future.
Advance Tickets – £8 (including a drink on arrival) from Event Brite. There are ONLY advance tickets so get in quick.

Please note when buying your ticket we have had to separate sales by gender to ensure a 50/50 split so make sure you pick the right ticket. We will not issue refunds for buying the wrong type of ticket.

You can see photos from the night here on Flickr.


7 Responses to “The Dating Games: Science of Compatibility”

  1. Melanie Watson Says:
    June 26th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I would be interested in coming to your science date night, still possible?

  2. admin Says:
    June 26th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Hi Melanie,

    Female tickets sold out over 2 weeks ago and we have just sold our last men’s ticket. However we do hope to run a similar event in the future depending on how well this one goes.


  3. Amy Says:
    August 14th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Hi will you be doing this event again? Sounds like fun!

  4. Science London Says:
    August 15th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Keep your eyes on Twitter, FaceBook, Google Plus, this website or even sign up for the mailinglist ( We have something coming soon 🙂

  5. Science London - Part of the British Science Association Says:
    September 3rd, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    […] right! It’s back! After the massive success of our first Dating Games in July we were inundated with emails asking us when the next one was. We wouldn’t want to […]

  6. Amie Says:
    February 4th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I would love to know when the next science dating show comes on again!!! :-))) thanks x

  7. Science London Says:
    February 4th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Amie,

    The next one is the 15th of Feb 2013 ( but the easiest way to be kept up to date so by signing up for our mailing list (

    Science London

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