April 15, 2018, by Editor

Pint of Science Nottingham brings scientists out of the lab and into your local pub

This blog has been written by Jamie Thompson, a PhD student who works with Professor Morgan Alexander in the Biomaterials Discovery Group.

An evening of language research - part of Pint of Science 2017

An evening of language research – part of Pint of Science 2017

After selling out all events last year, Pint of Science returns to Nottingham for its 3rd year running. As part of the three-day Pint of Science festival, thousands of scientists around the world will speak about their research. The festival brings a unique line-up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the nation’s favourite locals. Hannah Tomlin and I, both second year PhD students, joined the Pint of Science team last year and were involved with publicising the festival. This year, we have taken on the role of co-ordinators, managing a team of over 60 volunteers! As the festival is gaining popularity, we thought we would host 7 different science themes in Nottingham this year: Planet Earth, Tech Me Out, Our Society, Our Body, Atoms to Galaxies, Beautiful Mind and a new special theme focused around the science of Nottingham, Nottingham Frontiers. We are also hosting a sub-theme of the festival, with help from Shalaka Kurup and Nicole Zordan, called Creative Reactions. This is a programme where artists and scientists collaborate to produce incredible artworks inspired by scientists’ research, such as poetry centred on quantum physics, improvised comedy based on scientists’ short monologues, temporary tattoos inspired by sustainability and much more. These works break down barriers between the two subjects and encourage creativity for both parties. The results are breath-taking!

Investigating physics of light demo at the Atoms to Galaxies 2017 event

Investigating the physics of light demo at the Atoms to Galaxies 2017 event

We think Pint of Science is a brilliant way to communicate real research and encourage non-scientists to feel more comfortable understanding and discussing complex scientific concepts. This also helps people distinguish science fact from science fiction with stories they hear in the media. The festival makes science informal and helps demonstrate research impact. It’s a brilliant way to stimulate interest and better understanding of science in a relaxed and approachable atmosphere.

Speakers from the Our Body theme, 2017

Speakers from the Our Body theme, 2017

Tickets are available from the Pint of Science website, with each evening costing just £4!






Photographs by Anja Wettergren and Krisztián Kósa

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/

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