May 17th, 2016
Pint of Science, the international science festival, makes its debut in Nottingham from Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 May.
The festival will see thousands of scientists simultaneously standing up and 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 each city’s favourite pubs and bars.
More than 30 University of Nottingham researchers can be caught speaking at various pubs across the city, including Canal House, Spanky Van Dyke’s and Lace Market favourites, Rough Trade and Missoula. For Nottingham, run by STEM (science, technology engineering & maths) Outreach Nottingham, attendees will enjoy a variety of exciting talks including: ‘Black holes in the bathtub’ with Dr Silke Weinfurtner, ‘Can the world change computer games’ with Prof Steve Benford, and ‘Chemistry in space’ with Dr June McCombie.
Alongside the main talks, each evening will also include a range of fun, science-related activities including insect eating, molecule making, live experiments, science comedy, fun quizzes, geeky puzzles, engaging stories and other interactive activities.
Professor Neil Crout, Head of the School of Biosciences at The University of Nottingham, said: “Science is so so important to our modern world but all too often understanding science is out of reach for the vast majority of us, so it is really exciting to see the Pint of Science Festival making its Nottingham debut. Nottingham is home to truly remarkable and world-leading science and it’s great to see some of that science coming out for a night on the town.”
“The STEM 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.’ says Nottingham Co-ordinator and University of Nottingham PhD student, Matt Young. ‘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.”
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