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Punters lap up Pint of Science 2016

One of the many events taking place in Bath last week as part of the annual festival 'Pint of Science'.

More tickets than ever before were sold for this year’s Pint of Science Festival in Bath, which took place last week in various pubs across the city.

With a range of stimulating talks on offer, the three-day event – which is part of the international Pint of Science festival taking place in cities across 12 countries – had sold out by the first night.

This year marked the third time it has been hosted in Bath, organised by a festival committee of 12 postgraduate researchers and the University’s Public Engagement Unit.

24 researchers from 13 academic departments took to the stage in local pubs to share their research through engaging talks and interactive activities. Talks covered our research into noisy icebergs, led by Dr Philippe Blondel in the Department of Physics, right through to the science of advertising techniques ‘a tale of subconscious seduction’, from Dr Robert Heath in our School of Management.

In numbers:

  • The whole festival, all 12 sessions, sold out by the first night.
  • 590 tickets were sold – 194 more tickets sold than last year.
  • 525 people attended the talks. Nearly 60% of attendees were members of the general public.

Overall the audience feedback was extremely positive. At the end of each event the organisers asked audience members to describe their night in just two words. From this they created this Wordcloud.

'Entertaining', 'educational', 'fabulous' - just some of the words used by audience members to sum up this year's Pint of Science events in Bath.

Festival coordinator and postgraduate researcher in the Department of Education, Ioannis Costas Batlle, said: “Pint of Science 2016 was a great success thanks to the hard work of the festival organisers, the public engagement unit, and the engaging talks delivered by the speakers.

“It was fantastic to see academics sharing cutting edge research in a fun and informal way. The audience loved it – they got to enjoy themselves and learn something new all whilst having a drink! By the end of the festival, one question above all others seemed to crop up: When is Pint of Science 2017?”

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