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.
Monday 20 May Pint of Science brought to you by Fonterra
Speakers: Dr Ian Zajac and Dr James Dekker
Now, where did I put my keys? Ageing, food, and your brain.
It is an unfortunate fact that brain function declines with age. What can start with minor irritation about losing your keys or forgetting the name of your favourite beer, can become a serious health issue. But there is a big difference between what is a normal process of getting older and wiser, and a degenerative disease - and it is possible that what you eat can impact on how your brain ages.
Tuesday 21 May Pint of Science brought to you by Fonterra
Speaker: Simon Gilmour
Hacking the Biology of Hunger: The Power of Protein
In this talk Simon will discuss the biological systems of hunger and how changing the way you eat can affect these systems to reduce feelings of hunger. The talk will also cover some benefits of increased protein intake and an insight into creating a health claim that you may see on supermarket shelves soon.
Pint of Science brought to you by Horizons Regional Council .
The State of our Environment, from the Hills to our Waterways.
MC: Staci Boyte
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
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.