Pore over the wonders of science at the local pub

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Pub goers can pair their pint with the latest scientific research as the University of Leeds brings Pint of Science to city watering holes.

Leeds is joining more than 100 cities around the world taking part in this global festival from 15-17 May. University of Leeds researchers will be speaking at six pubs across the city with a variety of talks including How to build a magnetic planet and Green skin care, myth or reality?

Dr Marieke Pingen, Leeds Pint of Science organiser and postdoctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, said: “Pint of Science is returning bigger and better for its second year in Leeds. We’re excited to be bringing more world-class researchers out of the university and into the pub to tell people about the amazing science happening in the city.”

More than 40 University of Leeds researchers will be leading the line-up of talks as well as fun, science-related activities including live experiments, science comedy and fun quizzes.  

Pint of Science schedule:

Launch event – The Social

  • Free taster event: Celebrating tickets going on sale for Pint of Science festival, there will be talks from Leeds scientists Dr Lewis MacKenzie and Dr Jessica Haigh, as well as interactive demos to explain everything from volcanoes to robots, Monday 3 April 7pm-8.30pm  

Planet Earth – The Brunswick

Atoms to Galaxy –  Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen

Tech Me Out – Dock 29

Beautiful Mind – Duke Studios

Our Body - The Social

Genes, Bacteria & Diabetes - The Royal Park

For the full list of Pint of Science talks, and booking details, visit the festival webpage.

Pint of Science was established five years ago by a group of UK-based postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

Pint of Science co–founder Dr Michael Motskin said: “Science can often get lost in translation, leading to the spread of pseudo-science and myths. The best way to overcome this is for people to be able to talk to scientists directly in a familiar environment, such as in a pub over a pint.

“We are in awe of how big the festival has become over the years, demonstrating the thirst there is to hear science from the source – the scientists. The festival gives everyone the chance to pick the brains of some of the UK’s most brilliant academics, breaking down barriers and giving unrivalled access to the people behind the science.”

Further information

Image: Pint of Science 2016 Atoms to Galaxies