Quaffin’ with a boffin: Pint of Science returns to Birmingham pubs

  • Head down to your local pub to hear talks on everything from dark matter and DNA to sex and violence
  • More than 30 university scientists to appear in city watering holes, as the world’s largest festival of public science talks arrives in Birmingham
  • Tickets on sale now

The world’s largest festival of public science talks will see more than 30 scientists take the stage in pubs across Birmingham.

As part of the three-day Pint of Science festival, thousands of scientists around the world will speak about their research. In nearly 300 cities across 21 countries, members of the public will have the chance to ask them questions. The festival brings a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the nation’s favourite locals.

Aston, Birmingham, and Birmingham City University researchers will talk at a number of venues, including The Gunmakers Arms, The Woodman, Cherry Red’s, The Church, and more.

Tickets are available from the Pint of Science website (pintofscience.co.uk), with each evening costing just £4. Attendees in Birmingham will enjoy a variety of exciting talks including:

Dark matter, SciArt and Quantum Technology – The Church, Monday 14 May, 7pm-9pm (doors 6.30pm)

What is the Universe made of and what does it look like? Find out whether the Universe is just vast and dark, or whether it’s matter can be transformed into stunning visual art.

Fear and Loathing: Far and Near – The Gunmakers Arms, Tuesday 15 May, 7pm-9pm (doors 6.30)

Hear from two experts from Aston University. Dr Virginie Grzelczyk will be exploring whether we should really fear North Korea, and Professor Urszula Clark will be examining the

English obsession with how people speak and the assumptions we make about different regional accents.

Violence, Murder and the Criminal Mind – The Gunmakers Arms, Wednesday 16 May, 7pm-9pm (doors 6.30)

Birmingham City University criminologist Professor Elizabeth Yardley will be looking at what makes people commit murder and violent crime and why we are so fascinated with women who kill and kill again.

Dr Emily Halford, former PhD student and Pint of Science coordinator from University of Birmingham, said:

“This is our fourth year of involvement in the Pint of Science Festival and this year is bigger and better than ever. We’re delighted to be working with colleagues from Aston University and Birmingham City University to put on such a wide-ranging and exciting programme of events.”

Pint of Science was established six years ago by a group of UK-based postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers and has grown into one of the world’s biggest science festivals.

The founders, Dr Praveen Paul and Dr Michael Motskin, have brought a personal touch to science, giving everyone the chance to meet the people behind the incredible research taking place across the globe.

“There is so much fascinating research happening right under our noses that we don’t know about” says festival co-founder Dr Paul. “Some can get lost in translation leading to fake news. 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!”

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