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

Pint of Science (PR)

23 April 2018

  • 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 - https://pintofscience.co.uk/events/birmingham

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:

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Pub-goers watching healthy lifestyle expert Dr James Brown present at last year's Pint of Science

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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About Pint of Science

Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation coordinated by a small central team who work alongside volunteers predominantly based within the various participating universities. A bit of background on the team can be found here - http://pintofscience.co.uk/team/

The 2018 programme will see UK talks held in: Bath, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cambridge Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guildford, Hull, Kent, Leeds, Liverpool, London Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton and York; and new for 2018 – Coventry, Colchester, Sunderland, Swansea, Stirling and Reading. Whilst every science evening during the festival is unique, each will include at least two experts presenting their research.

Imperial College London awarded Pint of Science the "President's Inspirational Partner Award for Excellence in Societal Engagement" in June 2017 and Pint of Science was awarded Points of Light by the UK Prime Minister in November 2015.

Hindawi have generously supported Pint of Science 2018, for more information on our partners please visit our website https://pintofscience.co.uk/partners/

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

About University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is ranked among the world's top 100 institutions. Its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers, teachers and more than 5,000 international students from over 150 countries.

About Birmingham City University

With over 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. The University puts students at the heart of everything it does, giving them the best opportunities for future success.

The University’s School of Social Sciences applies research in real world settings nationally and internationally, working with communities, prisons, hospitals, schools and the police to understand, and influence, social change.

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