Join the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas and challenge your preconceptions of hot button issues.

Friday 21 August 2020


Take three top academics, three dangerous ideas, add one comedian, and it's the force of nature that is the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CODI)! CODI has been a fixture of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2013 and is now streaming live to a global audience.

Hosted by comedian JoJo Sutherland, CODI is 60 minutes of rapid-fire research. Join us at the Fresh Ideas Festival 2020.


  • Mioara Cristea: Fake it 'til you make it!
  • Shalhavit-Simcha Cohen: Can networking actually be fun?
  • Ross Alexander: Let the world burn

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Fake it 'til you make it!

Have you found yourself in a meeting, your heart pounding with a sinking feeling of being a fraud? Of not belonging there? Hoping that people won't find out that you are an imposter? Don't worry! You're not alone. 70% of people have experienced Imposter Syndrome at work. So why do we feel like this and what can you do to overcome it? Are we all imposters? Mioara Cristea (Heriot-Watt University) explores the secrets behind Imposter Syndrome and how to overcome it.

Let the world burn

The planet burns while its population multiplies at an alarming rate, putting an enormous strain on food systems and production. Plant biologist Dr Ross Alexander (Heriot-Watt University) argues that killing half the humans would quickly solve both problems. But how would this even work in practice? If this solution is unpalatable, then how can we feed humanity?

Can plant scientists engineer crop growth to meet increasing food demand? Come along and find out how we might be able to put out the fires and stave off hunger across the world.

Can networking actually be fun?

Modern careers demand that we build connections face-to-face and online, but many people find 'networking' stressful and awkward. Join Join Shalhavit-Simcha Cohen (University of Edinburgh) and leave your comfort zone! On the way you'll learn to put others at ease, reduce your own anxiety and befriend a stranger. You might even enjoy it!

Fringe Reviews

A fascinating discussion
Broadway Baby
All of the CODI talks are designed to challenge their audiences
The Lancet
[T]here are no talks here which don't promise to be hugely educational and thought-provoking
The List

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