From lab to the pub: University of Hull scientists bring their research to worldwide event

Scientists from the University of Hull are set to talk sex, dung and climate change in pubs around the city throughout the month of May.

Hundreds of cities around the world are taking part in the global science festival, named Pint of Science, between 22-24 May 2023.

Scientists and researchers, from the University of Hull, will be bringing their latest discoveries to two watering holes in the city centre; including Kicks Bar and Grill and Nanouk. Their research will be taken from inside the normal four walls of their labs to the public.

This is a three-day festival that has grown significantly since its inception in 2013, with 2023 seeing its tenth anniversary with events in over 25 countries and hundreds of cities worldwide.

Each night will provide a unique lineup of talks, demonstrations and live experiences. Here’s what the three days in Hull will look like:

  • Monday 22 May 2023: Burst ‘N’ Pulse and Floods and SuDS.
  • Tuesday 23 May 2023: Nano to Nova and Next Patient Please…
  • Wednesday 24 May 2023: Grey’s Anatomy and Sex, Dung and Climate Change

Many professors and students will be heading up the discussions. Speaking about the event, Professor of Public Engagement and Science Communication, Mark Lorch, said: “The Pint of Science event is a good way to showcase research and stories in a unique and more laid-back setting.

“Being in local pubs and bars means everyone can attend to ask questions and to learn more about the incredible research taking place on their doorstep.”

The concept of Pint of Science was dreamt up in 2013 by two post-doctoral scientists at the Imperial College London. Now, co-founders Dr Michael Motskin and Dr Praveen Paul have secured a huge following throughout the years, with the festival gaining a dedicated community.

Co-founder Dr Praveen Paul said: “It’s hard to believe that a small one-off project between a few friends has turned into thousands of events over ten years!

“Our programme is packed full of events, which will inspire, challenge and encourage us all to be curious. The only difficulty is choosing which of the brilliant events to go to!”

The Hull events, co-ordinated by Charlotte Pinkerton and Lydia Baldwin, will include the following speakers:

  • Professor of Public Engagement and Science Communication, Professor Mark Lorch
  • Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, Dr Chris Armstrong
  • Head of the Department of Physics & Mathematics, Professor Brad Gibson
  • Lecturer in the Centre of Excellence for Data Science, Dr James McKee
  • Professor of Zoology, Rob Knell
  • PhD student Georgia Lowes
  • Senior Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy, Dr Kat Sanders
  • Reader in Biomedical Sciences, Dr Barbara Guinn
  • PhD student Lucy Wiseman
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Dr Anne Baar
  • Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Dr Alexander Osborne
  • Interim Co-Director of the Energy and Environment Institute, Dr Stuart McLelland
  • Lecturer in Microbiology, Dr Georgios Efthimiou

Hosts include Lyra Hawkins, Kiri Newson, Kate Womack and Olivia Dean. Learn more about the events taking place in our city here.

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