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 brought to you by Massey University
Speakers: Hone Morris
Te Taiao, Te Tinana, e rua e rua
From a Māori perspective the human body and the universal environment are related and the terms used by the ancestors are a testament to that. My talk will explain this quintessential interrelationship through narrative and terminology, for example the word for land ‘whenua’ is the same word Māori use for the placenta in that both sustain life.
Tuesday 21 May brought to you by Massey University
Speakers: Jon Huxley and Brett Gartrell
What have cows ever done for us (and perhaps more importantly what can we do in return)?
Cattle are remarkable animals; there were one of the first species to be domesticated and farmed and they are now ubiquitous and indispensable in almost all societies globally. This Pint of Science talk will describe how aspects of bovine anatomy have evolved to cope with the myriad of different environments which they inhabit. Our research has demonstrated how a detailed understand of this anatomical structure and function can help us treat and prevent disease and ensure the health and well-being of this extraordinary species.
Wednesday 22 May brought to you by Massey University
Speakers: Rob Elshire and Simon Hills
So, what do you do?
A thirsty scientist walks into a pub and orders a pint of their finest ale. As they enjoy the pint, a casual conversation about the weather reaches its natural limits. Their new mate asks 'So, what do you do?' This question can cause distress in many scientists. 'I know what I do, but how do I explain it in a way that is relatable and maybe even interesting?' With the help of a volunteer, we will have a conversation about my work in genomics and how this kind of science connects with their life.
Events supported by Manawatu People’s Radio.
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.