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Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don't need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them). Our festival runs over a few days in May every year, but we occasionally run events during other months. Sign up to our mailing list below to be the first to hear our latest news. We are a network of over 1000 volunteers who are passionate about bringing discoveries to people.
Our vision is of a world in which anybody who wants to learn more about science has the confidence and the means to do so. We believe that background and personal circumstances shouldn’t determine a person’s potential to engage with research, and we want science to be at the heart of society, a topic for pub conversation. We think that building a culture of curiosity and encouraging people to ask questions is vital if we’re to find solutions for some of humanity’s biggest problems.
Our mission is to provide a platform for debate between researchers and the public, all the while building a sense of community between science fans who share our values. We bring scientists and the public together in neutral community spaces - pubs, cafes and halls – encouraging a two-way discussion that benefits everyone. As we continue to grow, we aim to expand our events to allow new audiences to enjoy and influence scientific research.
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’. 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 in just three cities. It quickly took off around the world and now happens in nearly 400 cities. Read more here. Pint of Science received a Points of Light award by the Prime Minister in recognition of voluntary work and making a change in the community.
Place and topics
A full list of Pint of Science cities and countries can be found on our locations page. Our events broadly 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 - click here for more info.
...and keep an eye out for some 'special' events.
Creative Reactions Cambridge 2019
Video by Oscar Peake @oscarpeakevideo