Nottingham pubs host International Pint of Science

19 May 2016 16:16:11.020

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Nottingham’s top scientists are abandoning their labs and lecture theatres next week to take the weird and wonderful world of science to the public at some of the city’s coolest drinking spots. 

It’s the first time the International Pint of Science Festival has come to Nottingham. Four popular bars in the city centre are hosting different events for three nights from Monday 23 May 2016. Tickets for the entertaining and interactive talks at the Canal House, Spanky Van Dyke’s, Rough Trade and Missoula are priced at just £4 and are available now online

More than 30 scientific researchers will be taking to the stage during the festival to share their insights into many fascinating subjects including flying spiders, the human brain, how gas-eating microbes can produce green energy, the rise of machines, quantum technologies, 3D printing and black holes. 

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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. Short videos from some of the science presenters are available here. 

Dr Federico Dajas-Bailador is one of the scientists who’ll be talking about neuroscience at the Canal House on Tuesday 24 May. He said: “Since moving to Nottingham three years ago I have been impressed by the breadth and quality of the research carried out at the University. An event like Pint of Science offers a unique opportunity to share this great work with everybody in the city, contributing to bridge the communication gap that often arises between scientists and society as a whole. And of course, what better place to have this dialogue than a good pub!” 

Matt Young, Nottingham’s Pint of Science coordinator, said: “Myself and the rest of the team are all really excited to be able to share some of the amazing work going at the University. The festival is a great opportunity for the wider Nottingham community to get hands on with the fascinating research being produced by people in their own town, and for us as scientists it’s also a perfect chance to break down the preconceptions some people have about who scientists are, and how what we do relates to the world outside the lab.” 

Nottingham Pint of Science Events 2016

Missoula, 7 High Pavement, Nottingham

May 23 – The Rise of the Machines

May 24 – Can Computer Games Make the World a Better Place?

May 25 – Designed With You In Mind

Canal House, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham

May 23 – Mind Psychology: From Politics to Serial Killers

May 24 – Neuroscience 101

May 25 – Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat

Spanky Van Dyke’s, 17 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham

May 23 – The Weird and Wonderful World of Physics

May 24 – Making The Future

May 25 – Space: What’s Out There?

Rough Trade, 5 Broad Street, Nottingham

May 23 – Saving the People of Earth

May 24 – The Future of Food

May 25 – Hidden Planet Earth

Pint of Science is a volunteer run initiative. It is coordinated by a small central Pint of Science team who work alongside organisers predominantly based within the various participating universities. Background information on the central Pint of Science team can be found here - 

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More information is available from Matt Young, STEM Outreach Nottingham, The University of Nottingham on +44 (0)7825; or Maria Zygouropoulou (Events Manager) on +44 (0)7939;


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