Pint of Science Birmingham to take latest local science breakthroughs to our city pubs

Tickets have now been released for the world’s largest festival of public science talks taking place 23-25 May 2016. Birmingham joins Pint of Science as a number of local researchers take the stage in pubs across the city.

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The international, three day Pint of Science festival will see thousands of scientists simultaneously standing up and talking about their research in 100 cities across 12 countries around the world. Founded only four years ago by two UK researchers, the festival today brings a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the world’s favourite watering holes.

University of Birmingham researchers can be caught speaking at various pubs across the city, including The Victoria, The Jekyll & Hyde, Bodega, Edmunds Brewhouse and Cherry Red’s. Tickets are available from the Pint of Science website, with each evening costing only £4. For this Birmingham attendees will enjoy a variety of exciting talks answering questions such as:

  • How do children learn to explore new foods?
  • Is climate change a thing of the past?
  • How can our immune system help in the fight against cancer?

Dr Charlotte Flavell, coordinator of the Birmingham events, said, “This is our second year running Pint of Science in Birmingham, after a sold-out debut last year. Our speakers love getting to meet the public and explore their passion for science, so we’re really looking forward to another great series of talks.”

Pint of Science was established four years ago by a group of UK based postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Festival founders Dr Praveen Paul and Dr Michael Motskin, who were based at Imperial College London are now aiming to get their volunteer run initiative in every city in the world!

“We want to give people the opportunity to learn about the latest scientific developments directly from the scientists themselves – and then feel free to question them”, says Festival co-founder Dr Paul. “We were at first surprised by the public's appetite for these events and by the interest from both volunteer organisers and speakers. The rapid growth of Pint of Science from a grassroots effort to a global movement has shown that we may have been underestimating both scientists and the public, and that there is a greater need for more events like these”.

Notes to editors

Pint of Science is a volunteer run initiative. It is coordinated by a small central Pint of Science team who work alongside organisers predominantly based within the various participating universities. 

The 2016 programme, announced today, will see UK talks held in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Southampton, Exeter, Teesside, York and (new for 2016) Edinburgh, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Portsmouth and Sheffield. Whilst every science evening during the festival is unique, each will include at least two experts presenting their research

List of universities involved:

City University London, Imperial College London, King's College London, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Newcastle University, Queen Mary University of London, Teesside University, The Francis Crick Institute, University College London, University of Bath, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Glasgow, University of Hull, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, University of Portsmouth, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton, University of York