Science is leaving the lab and heading to the pubs and bars of Bath as one of the world’s largest festivals of public science comes to the city.
Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings scientists to pubs to discuss their latest research and findings with members of the public.
The Pint of Science festival was launched after Dr Michael Motskin and Dr Praveen Paul – two research scientists at Imperial College London – started and organised an event called Meet the Researchers in 2012.
It brought people affected by Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Motor Neurone Disease and Multiple Sclerosis into their labs to show them the kind of research they do. It proved to be inspirational for both visitors and researchers.
They thought if people wanted to come into labs to meet scientists, why not bring the scientists out to the people? And thus, Pint of Science was created.
This year’s Pint of Science Festival will run in pubs in 300 cities across the world over the weekend of May 14-16.
The Boater in Argyle Street, The Bell Inn in Walcot Street, The Huntsmans in Terrace Walk and The Bath Brewhouse in James Street West are all taking part in the festival.
The Boater will host Innovations of the Human Genome on May 14, The Body and Food: Changing perceptions and bad habits on May 15 and Human Disease vs Intelligent Drug Design on May 16.
At the Bell Inn you can take your pick from The Brain and All We (don’t) Know on May 14, Who Cares? Support for carers and child trauma on May 15 and Perfectionism vs Hangover on May 16.
Reimagining Yesterday’s World takes place at The Huntsman on May 14, followed by Space: To Infinity and Beyond on the 15th and Adapting for Climate Change on the 16th.
And The Bath Brew House is the venue for Deadly Mathematics on May 14, Supercomputers and Us: Who is ruling who? On the 15th and Sustainable Futures on May 16.
Alongside the main talks, each evening will also include a range of science-inspired activities including real scientific data, comedy, quizzes, games, geeky puzzles and engaging stories.
Dr Praveen Paul, a co-founder of the event, said: “There is so much fascinating research happening right under our noses that we don’t know about.
“Pint of Science allows people direct access to inspiring scientists and encourages open discussion, all in the most familiar of British places, the pub! Scientists drink pints too – they really aren’t that different!”
“It’s great to see this enthusiasm for knowledge shared across the world – this year Pint of Science will be taking place in nearly 300 cities and 21 countries!”
Hannah Tomlin, a co-coordinator of the event, said: “Pint of Science is a brilliant way to communicate real research and encourage non-scientists to feel more comfortable understanding and discussing complex scientific concepts.
“This also helps people distinguish science fact from science fiction with stories they hear in the media.”
Full details can be found on the Pint of Science website, here.
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