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QMUL researchers to take science to the pub with Pint of Science London

Monday 8 May 2017

More than 30 QMUL scientists will appear in local watering holes, as the world's largest festival of public science talks arrives in London between Monday 15 and Wednesday 17 May. London will join over 100 cities around the world who will be taking part in this global festival highlighting recent scientific breakthroughs. Tickets are now on sale: pintofscience.co.uk/organisation/qmul.

The international, three-day Pint of Science festival will see thousands of scientists simultaneously standing up and telling the public about their research in over 100 cities across 12 countries. Founded five years ago by two UK researchers, the festival brings a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the nation’s favourite locals.

QMUL researchers can be caught speaking at various pubs across the city, including the Crown Tavern (Clerkenwell), the Waterpoet (Spitalfield), the Looking Glass Cocktail Club (Hackney) and the Redchurch Brewery (Bethnal Green). Tickets are available from the Pint of Science website (pintofscience.co.uk/organisation/qmul), priced at £4 per evening.

In London there will be a variety of exciting talks, including:

  • randomness, extremities and why do things tend to become worse?
  • how the brain overrides the obvious to be creative
  • how we evolved to survive being injured, and how it's killing us now
  • how to swallow a camera, and why.

More about the festival

Pint of Science was established five years ago by a group of UK-based postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Festival founders Dr Praveen Paul and Dr Michael Motskin wanted to bring back the personal touch to science, giving everyone the chance to meet the real people behind the incredible research taking place in universities across the country. The duo are amazed by the growth of their idea into a global festival, which has spread to 12 countries around the world.

“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,” says festival co-founder Dr Motskin. “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.”

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