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Festival to take science breakthroughs to London pubs

More than 30 scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) will explain their research in London’s pubs as the world's largest festival of public science arrives in town.

3 May 2017

The Pint of Science festival brings a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the nation’s favourite pubs. Credit: Pint of Science

The international Pint of Science festival will see thousands of scientists simultaneously standing up and telling the public about their research in over 100 cities across 12 countries.

The festival, which will take place from the 15-17 May, brings a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the nation’s favourite locals. 

QMUL researchers will be speaking at various pubs across the city, including the Crown Tavern (Clerkenwell), the Waterpoet (Spitalfield), the Looking Glass Cocktail Club (Hackney) and the Redchurch Brewery (Bethnal Green).

“How to swallow a camera, and why”

Attendees in London will enjoy a variety of exciting talks including: “Randomness, extremities and why do things tend to become worse?”, “How the brain overrides the obvious to be creative”, “How we evolved to survive being injured, and how it's killing us now” and last but not the least “How to swallow a camera, and why”.

Pint of Science was established five years ago by a group of UK-based postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Festival founders Dr Praveen Paul and Dr Michael Motskin wanted to bring back the personal touch to science, giving everyone the chance to meet the real people behind the incredible research taking place in universities across the country. The duo are amazed by the growth of their idea into a global festival, which has spread to 12 countries around the world.

Breaking down barriers 

“Science can often get lost in translation, leading to the spread of pseudo-science and myths. A nice way to overcome this is for people to be able to talk to scientists directly in a familiar environment, such as in a pub over a pint”, says Festival co-founder Dr Motskin.

“We are in awe of how big the festival has become over the years, demonstrating the thirst there is to hear science from the source - the scientists. The festival gives everyone the chance to pick the brains of some of the UK’s most brilliant academics, breaking down barriers and giving unrivalled access to the people behind the science.”

More Information: 

• Details and tickets for QMUL researchers’ talks are available here.