Pint of Science aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – mainly in the pub! We want to provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out - no prior knowledge of the subject is required.
The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May simultaneously in pubs across the world.
Tuesday 21 May brought to you by Horizons Regional Council.
The State of Our Environment, from the Hills to Our Waterways.
Three speakers will discuss a variety of the work undertaken across the Horizons' region.
MC: Raelene Mercer
Name: Dr Simon Vale
Talk: Hill Country Erosion and Fluvial Forensics
Organisation: Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
The talk will discuss how tracking sediment techniques can help create links between sediment, water quality and managing hill country erosion.
Name: Logan Brown
Talk: Tales of our Rivers
Organisation: Freshwater and Partnerships Manager – Horizons Regional Council
This talk will present the latest state and trends of water quality, and what it means for our freshwater ecosystems, in the Horizons Region.
Name: Brent Watson
Talk: The Devil is in the Data – Tech me out
Organisation: Environmental Data Manager – Horizons Regional Council
This talk focuses on the complexities of collecting and validating environmental data, as well as ways of providing this information to the public.
Final Panel Talk: Ask the experts
This is an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of our three scientists in a panel discussion.
History of Pint of Science
In 2012 in London, UK, Dr Michael Motskin and Dr Praveen Paul were two research scientists who started and organised an event called ‘Meet the Researchers’. It brought people affected by Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, motor neurone 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 and it quickly took off around the world, and has now reached New Zealand.