Pint of Science festival returns to Norwich

Pint of Science festival at St Andrew's Brewery. Colette Matthewman from The John Innes Centre.
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Pint of Science festival at St Andrew's Brewery. Colette Matthewman from The John Innes Centre. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

More than 30 local scientists will be touring watering holes across Norwich in May as the Pint of Science Festival returns to the city.

For three days, more than 100 cities will be taking part in the international festival of public science talks to build on the 'huge success' of last year.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 3, with talks on everything from the nanotechnology keeping us healthy to carniverous plants.

Norwich Research park and CEFAS researchers can be caught speaking at various pubs across the city, including St Andrew's Brewhouse, The Mash Tun, The York Tavern, Cafe Britannia and The Cathedral Refectory.

Pint of Science co-ordinator Peter Moore-Fuller said he hoped the festival would be 'bigger and better than ever'.

'We have world leading scientists taking part, delivering in-depth and fascinating talks for all attending.'

The Pint of Science festival was established five years ago by a group of UK-based postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Founders Dr Praveen Paul and Dr Michael Motskin wanted to make science more accessible - giving everyone the chance to meet the real people behind ground-breaking research. 'Science can often get lost in translation, leading to the spread of pseudo-science and myths,' said Dr Motskin. '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.

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'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.'

Tickets are available from the Pint of Science website pintofscience.co.uk. Each evening costs £4

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.

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