Welcome to Pint of Aston: Pint of Science mini-series. The university has collaborated with Pint of Science, a global science festival which shares contemporary scientific developments from scientists, to create an exciting mini-series of podcasts discussing the latest research changing the world we live in. Our academics are interviewed by Sam Datta-Paulin producer and one part of the presenting team for the Pint of Science podcasts.

Pint of Aston: Pint of Science mini-series podcasts can be found on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

Pint of Aston: Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 1 with Dr Jonathan Cox

Dr Jonathan Cox, director of the Mycobacteria Research Group, specialises in antibiotic resistant diseases such as tuberculosis. Jonathan explains: “Although at the moment coronavirus is big in the media and the world is locked down because of coronavirus, actually more people die every year from tuberculosis than have done this year of coronavirus by quite some sizeable margin”.

Pint of Aston: A Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 2 with Dr Rebecca Knibb 

Focusing on psychology this episode highlights the work of Dr Rebecca Knibb. She discusses the psychology of allergies and the day to day impact on people living with allergies and the anxiety this can cause.

Interested in studying Health Psychology with Rebecca? Find out more about the course here.

Pint of Aston: A Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 3 with Dr Eric Hill  

Explore the innovative world of stem cell technology through the work of Dr Eric Hill, senior lecturer and member of Aston University’s Biosciences Research. Eric explains: “For a long time we weren’t able to work with human brain tissue that was alive, but using stem cells we’re able to generate different brain cell types that we can use to study different diseases.”

Interested in studying Stem Cells with Eric? Find out more about the course here.

Pint of Aston: A Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 4 with Professor Gina Rippon 

Professor of cognitive neuroimaging, Gina Rippon, discusses the thought-provoking topic of brain development and the idea of the ‘gendered brain’ – the concept that it is predominantly society, rather than our biology, which determines how and why men and women behave differently.