Reading Geek Night – Tuesday 12th November 2019 ** NEW VENUE**

We are excited to announce Reading Geek Night will be moving to The Curious Lounge 🙂

From November our new monthly meetup address will be: The Curious Lounge, First Floor Pinnacle, 20 Tudor Road, Reading RG1 1NH (once through the revolving doors give the security guard a nod and mention Curious Lounge then take the lift upstairs).

This month will be a slightly different format with a longer talk covering a subject area which needs to be talked about more – Movember and Men’s Health.

Pepper the AI robot will be in attendance to help with any questions and to enhance its one-liner expert system 🙂

Theme: Movember – Men’s Health

  • 7:00pm Arrivals
  • 7:30pm Welcome and Introductions
  • 7:35pm Prostate Cancer – Why should I bother? (Dr Steve Allen)
  • 8:25pm Short announcements/updates*
  • 8:30pm Networking & beers
  • 8:55pm End


Prostate Cancer – Why should I bother? (Dr Steve Allen)

Steve has always had a passion for increasing awareness about prostate cancer since going through the journey himself eleven years ago. Recent advances in diagnosis and treatment are radically changing the face of prostate cancer and Steve spends a lot of time keeping up to date with those changes. He has talked to many groups of people before as a volunteer for Prostate Cancer UK.

At many meetings some of people who attended were far from being in the at risk age group. However, he firmly believes that such talks are of value – the men (and women) who attend will all have male relatives to whom they can relay information. Such meetings are never a waste of time.

Steve has also contributed in a small way with the Reading Lions Club who are heavily involved with organising Prostate Cancer Screening evenings, where men are invited to turn up for a PSA test. To date five have been organised involving the testing of 4,000 men over 5 years. This has literally saved lives in men who had no idea prior to being tested that they had prostate cancer. Just a couple of months ago we had nearly 2300 men turn up to be tested.

Steve is a retired Consultant Anaesthetist who worked at the Royal Berks Hospital for 30 years and spent a great deal of his time working with the Urology Dept as one of their main anaesthetists and thus gained a fair bit of collateral knowledge at many levels with respect to prostate health. Steve has also Chaired the Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group. Over the past 8 years the group has doubled its membership to over 100 – which highlights just how important prostate cancer is to the community. Steve is still a very active member of Reading PCSG.

Usual format is to gather from 7:00pm and commence the talks at 7:30pm. Talks are ~20mins + Q&A with a break of 15mins for networking and beer.

*Before the second session there is an opportunity for any short announcements so please let us know on the night if you would like a slot or 1-2mins.

FYI: BCS (Berkshire) Social Tech Group meet up (7PM) before our talks. Its a great opportunity for food, drinks, networking and discussions about IT technology, business and advice.

Look forward to seeing you there!

If you are interested in giving a talk at an upcoming event please contact us via twitter: @RDGGeekNight, Facebook or email us: talks [at]

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