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Other Norwich events

Pint of Science - Ticket Launch!

Past event - 2024
08 Apr Doors: 7.30pm
Event 8pm to 9.50pm
The Cathedral Refectory, 65 The Close,
Norwich NR1 4DH
Join us to celebrate the national ticket launch of Pint of Science 2024! What do zombies, plants, beer, geometry and live music have in common? They are all things scientists love. Come and meet scientists from the Norwich Research Park, hear them talk about their research and showcase their musical talents. Grab a drink and enjoy two talks showcasing the weird, beautiful and often dark world of plants. These talks will be followed by live music performed by researchers from the Norwich Research Park.

Pint of the living dead: how I made Zombie Beer

Dr Sam Mugford (Research Assistant, John Innes Centre)
One day, a few years ago, a local teacher found something strange in his garden. The story that followed is one of beer, plants, bacteria, insects and ZOMBIES.
 
Phytoplasma are a group of plant-infecting bacteria, and they have some very peculiar properties. The bacteria take control of the infected plants, directing their growth and development to create forms and structures not normally seen, effectively turning the plants into zombies. Come to the talk and you’ll find out what this has to do with insects, gardening, and beer; and how you might already have zombie plants in your house.
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Plant Symmetry: The Geometric Shapes Behind Plants' Beauty

Dr Laila Moubayidin (Group Leader and Royal Society University Research Fellow at John Innes Centre)
Leaves, flowers, and fruits are plant organs that show a diverse array of beautiful shapes, ranging from circular, resembling peas or needles, to flat and planar, and extending to intricate forms often exhibited by mesmerizing flowers. These shapes hide a geometric riddle. Consider an orchid flower, divisible into distinct right and left sides, in contrast to a round dandelion with its numerous petals radiating from the flower's centre. Discover how geometry meets biology and gives rise to the remarkable shapes and functions of plant organs.
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