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International 'Pint of Science' Festival comes to Nottingham

Fancy a pint? Or even better, a pint and a talk by a scientist about their pioneering research at The University of Nottingham? This unusual opportunity is coming to Nottingham as the international festival of public science, ‘Pint of Science’,  makes its debut in the city. 

A team of University researchers will take to the stage for a launch evening on Monday 11 April at Rough Trade on Broad Street. This is a night of engaging talks by scientists like spider expert Dr Sarah Goodacre with ‘Spiderglobia’, a tale of 8-legged travellers, as well as a chance to make your own molecules, see ancient bones and real 3D-printed technology.

The international, three day Pint of Science festival will be held between 23rd — 25th May 2016. Thousands of scientists will be talking about their research in over 100 cities across 12 countries around the world, including the UK, Brazil, Canada & South Africa. Founded only four years ago by two UK researchers, the festival today brings a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the world’s favourite watering holes.

More than 34 University of Nottingham researchers will be speaking at various pubs across the city, including Canal House, Spanky Van Dyke’s and Lace Market favourites, Rough Trade and Missoula. Tickets are available from the Pint of Science website with each evening costing only £4. The Nottingham Pint of Science is run by STEM Outreach Nottingham which has arranged a variety of exciting talks including: ‘Black holes in the bathtub’ withDr Silke Weinfurtner, ‘Can the world change computer games?’ with Prof Steve Benford, and ‘Chemistry in space’ with Dr June McCombie

As well as the main talks, each evening will also include a range of fun, science related activities including insect eating, molecule making, live experiments, science comedy,  quizzes, geeky puzzles, engaging stories and other interactive activities. 

Nottingham Co-ordinator and University of Nottingham PhD student, Matt Young said:“The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Outreach Nottingham team are always working on ways to make science a bigger part of Nottingham’s already packed cultural calendar, and bringing the Pint of Science festival to the city gives us the perfect opportunity to do just that. As one of only six, government-recognised Science Cities in the UK, Nottingham has a strong history and huge involvement in science and innovation that people want to be able to connect with on a more approachable level.”

Posted on Thursday 14th April 2016

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