York St John joins the world’s largest festival of public science talks
Selfies, norovirus and why standing at the bar is better than sitting: some of the subjects on offer at pubs in York.
York St John University academics are joining Pint of Science York, which will bring esteemed scientists down to their local to answer the biggest scientific questions.
The international Pint of Science festival in May will see thousands of scientists simultaneously bringing their research out of the lab to share with the public in over 300 cities across 24 countries. Founded seven years ago by two UK researchers, the festival brings a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the nation’s favourite locals.
York St John academics Dr Beth Bell and Dr Stephen Gibson will be speaking on the subject of Beautiful Mind at The Winning Post in York, with talks that include Selfie-objectification and the science of following orders. The Fulford Arms in York will host the Our Body events, featuring York St John researchers Dr Adam Odell, Dr Owen Kavanagh, Dr Adi Baumgartner, Sophie Carter and Alex Beaumont.
“My talk will be on the topic of sitting, a behaviour we spend a lot of time doing,” says Sophie, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to be able to share my research in a relaxed and sociable environment down the pub. Also, as a woman in science, it provides a great opportunity to inspire other women to develop an interest for scientific disciplines. Hopefully my talk will encourage those that attend to sit less each day, or at least to stand by the bar and have a drink the next time they are in the pub.”
Pint of Science regional chapter manager Dr Pierre Philippe Dechant says, “Pint of Science is really excited to have York St John University involved this year. York St John is so involved in the local community and we can’t wait for university researchers to share their research with the community in the local pubs we all love. I have been involved in running Pint of Science for 5 years, it’s really exciting to see researchers share their passion with non-scientists in a relaxed pub environment. It’s also exhilarating to be part of something really global: you see Australia’s events on social media as you’re getting ready for your own, and as you go to bed you see things kicking off in the Americas - three days in a row!”
Tickets for the events are on sale now. For more infomation and booking, click here.