Share a drink with scientists in Sheffield

Laura Petteway  and Marco Bagnardi  build a structure using spagetti and marshmellows at "Pint of Science" preview evening at the Midnight Bell in Water Lane.  3 May 2016.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Laura Petteway and Marco Bagnardi build a structure using spagetti and marshmellows at "Pint of Science" preview evening at the Midnight Bell in Water Lane. 3 May 2016. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Scientists will be in Sheffield pubs to talk about everything from the chemistry behind sweet treats to how to genetically engineer better beer.

As part of the three-day Pint of Science festival, thousands of scientists around the world will speak about their research next month.

Sheffield will be one of 300 cities across 21 countries, where members of the public will have the chance to ask the scientists questions.

The festival will bring together a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the city’s favourite locals.

Alongside the main talks, the event will also include a range of science-inspired activities including live experiments, music, quizzes, games, puzzles, stories and other interactive activities.

Devon Smith and Lynette Hodges, Co-ordinators for Pint of Science Sheffield said: “We first launched Pint of Science Sheffield in 2016, as we knew that there was such a wealth of innovative and ground-breaking research taking place in the city that it had to be shared with the public.

“It has been a great success, with hundreds of people attending our events in pubs across Sheffield. This year the festival is even bigger, giving you more opportunities to find out all about the amazing research happening right on your doorstep.”

Researchers from the University of Sheffield will talk about a variety of topics at pubs across the city, including Sheffield’s oldest pub The Old Queen’s Head, up and coming brewhouse Sentinel, and Kelham Island Museums own The Millowner’s Arms.

Pint of Science was established six years ago by a group of UK-based postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers and has grown into one of the world’s biggest science festivals.

Festival co-founder Dr Praveen Paul said: “Pint of Science allows people direct access to inspiring scientists and encourages open discussion, all in the most familiar of British places, the pub. Scientists drink pints too - they really aren’t that different.

“It’s great to see this enthusiasm for knowledge shared across the world.”

Tickets are available from www.pintofscience.co.uk, and each evening costs £4. The event runs from May 14 to 16.