Let’s be straight with each other for a moment: people are becoming more pessimistic about the integrity of facts, truths, proofs and evidence by the day. It seems a daily ritual that we open up a newspaper and read about the latest attack on the achievements of the Enlightenment by the powerful and/or the misinformed. We have even seen a theoretically unnecessary but in reality sorely needed March for Science take place across the world recently, our brethren of the Bunsen burner re-asserting modern science as one of humanity’s greatest endeavours.
However bleak this may seem, it seems as if interest in science is paradoxically peaking amongst lay-men and -women, and with that a cornucopia of supply to meet the demand. One such event to quench the palette of the scientifically thirsty is Pint of Science, returning to Canberra once more, which will be taking place between the 15th and 17th of May. Being held at the Duxton, King O’Malley’s and Gryphon’s, Canberra’s brightest minds will be settling in to share their research and love of science. Oh, and drink beer!
If there is one scientific fact to be gleaned from this, it is that Pint of Science shouldn’t be missed! Find out more on their website to get tickets for events, and check out their Facebook event page here. More info for The Duxton event here, and more info for the King O’Malley’s event here.
After selling out a single venue in 2016, this year’s event is expanding thanks to the support of CSIRO and Inspiring the ACT. With The Duxton, King O’Malley’s and Gryphon’s Cafe Bar all hosting the events, Pint of Science will engage even more Canberrans with the different sciences taking place right here in the nation’s capital.
Jirana Boontanjai, Canberra Pint of Science City Coordinator, is excited by the calibre of scientists taking part in this year’s festival.
“With such a strong scientific community in Canberra, we have a fantastic opportunity to showcase the amazing research happening in this city. The festival is a great way to inspire others, start conversations about science, and forge connections between scientists and the community. Best of all, you can do it all with a beer at your local.”
“We have some really exciting speakers this year – the 2016 ACT Scientist of the Year, the ACT Young Woman of the Year, a specialist with one of Australia’s largest supercomputers, and the guy who named a fly after Beyoncé! From exploring the chaos of black holes, to finding out how drone technology can track animals, there will be something to interest everyone.”
Pint of Science is an international science festival, which this year will have 73 events across 13 cities in 8 states and territories in Australia alone – with events running across the globe.
The festival connects leading scientists and their current research with people from non-scientific backgrounds in warm and inviting venues, showcasing the exciting science that is happening in our own backyard.