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

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Pub locals in Bath will hear talks on everything from the maths of beer to how blind people can see with their ears. 24 speakers will appear in city watering holes, as the world's largest festival of public science talks, Pint of Science, comes to Bath for the third year running.

Bath will join over 100 cities around the world taking part in the global festival from the 23 – 25 May.

Funded by the University’s Public Engagement Unit and coordinated by a group of postgraduate researchers, Bath’s Pint of Science Festival will see 24 researchers take to the stage at pubs across the city to share their research through engaging talks and interactive activities.

The Festival will be hosted at The Ring O Bells, The Huntsman, The Bell, The Bath Brew House, and the Bath Function Rooms. There will be a couple of speakers every night. Tickets are available from the Pint of Science website and are just £4 each.

Attendees will enjoy a variety of exciting talks including:

  • Can you see with your ears?
  • The maths of beer (and other things you might meet in a pub)
  • How social media resurrect the dead
  • How to be an armchair eco-warrior

Alongside the main talks, each evening will also include a range of fun, science related activities including live experiments, fun quizzes, geeky puzzles, and other interactive activities.

Ioannis Costas, a postgraduate researcher in the University’s Department of Education and this year’s Festival Coordinator, said: “Pint of Science is back in Bath for its third year – and it’s bigger than ever! We’re proud to showcase the fascinating research taking place at the University and are looking forward to engaging with loads of people over a few drinks.”

Pint of Science was established four years ago by a group of UK-based postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers with the aim of bringing unique talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the world’s favourite watering holes. The international three-day festival will see thousands of scientists simultaneously standing up and talking about their research in 100 cities across 12 countries around the world.

Festival founders Dr Praveen Paul and Dr Michael Motskin 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.”

Buy tickets now from the Pint of Science website: https://www.pintofscience.co.uk/city/bath

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