The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting, fun, relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in bars! We want to provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out. It is run by volunteers and was established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012. The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May simultaneously in pubs across the world. Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation.
Events fall into the following topics:
Beautiful Mind - neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry
Atoms to Galaxies - physics, chemistry, maths, astronomy
Our Body - medicine, human biology, health
Planet Earth - geosciences, plant sciences, zoology
Tech Me Out - biotechnology, robotics, computers
Our Society - law, history, politics, policy, languages
Creative Reactions - art and science come together
Special Events- mix of different topics
Where and When
The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May and simultaneously in hundreds of venues across the world. Each country holds their main events on the same days, bringing the scientific community together. Occasionally there will be one-off events throughout the year. Full list of countries can be found on our homepage.
In 2012 Dr Michael Motskin and Dr Praveen Paul were two research scientists at Imperial College London. They started and organised an event called ‘Meet the Researchers’ which brought people affected by Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, motor neuron disease and multiple sclerosis into their labs to show them the kind of research they do. It was inspirational for both visitors and researchers. They thought if people want to come into labs to meet scientists, why not bring the scientists out to the people? And so Pint of Science was born. In May 2013 they held the first Pint of Science festival which featured some of the biggest names in their fields to explain their ground-breaking work to lovers of science and beer. It was a phenomenal success of course!