Science of Snogging

by Rosie Wilby & Amie Taylor

Why do we kiss?  Why do some cultures kiss differently?  What happens chemically in the brain when we kiss? Who holds the world record for the longest kiss?

Rosie Wilby and Amie Taylor took their audiences through short comedic, fun and fast-paced performance lectures exploring the science, history and anthropology behind kissing. Afterwards, audience members entered the Kiss-aoke Booth to be inspired by classic smooching songs and anonymously post their own kissing stories into the Snog-box.  First kisses. Spin the bottle.  Awkward kisses… All kiss donations were received! 


Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who has appeared regularly on Radio 4 and performed her shows The Science Of Sex and Is Monogamy Dead at major festivals including Green Man, Secret Garden Party and How The Light Gets In and at events including London Science Museum Lates.

Twitter: @rosiewilby

Amie Taylor is an actor and writer, who also specialises in community engagement with the arts and has taught creative science in primary schools for MakeBelieve Arts. She has worked on devised theatre projects, including The Chaosbaby, Expectations (The Pleasance) and has performed comedy at venues including Wilton’s Music Hall.

Twitter: @AmieAmieTay


Dr Joe Latimer is a microbiologist, researcher, and science communicator. As Lecturer in Antimicrobial Resistance at the University of Salford, Joe’s research delves into how we interact with the 100 trillion bacteria that live on us and in us, and what this could mean for health, disease and antibiotic resistance. Joe studied at Lancaster and Manchester before completing his PhD at the University of Sheffield, where he researched the physiology of bacterial communities. As a self-confessed microbiology geek, you can usually find Joe extolling the virtues of our bacteria, from lecture theatres to podcasts to the fields of Latitude Festival.

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