Our Top Picks for Pint of Science 2024

Wednesday 01 May 2024
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Pint of Science Festival is back this 10th-15th May 2024, ready to serve up another selection of pub-based exploration into the world of science and innovation. From AI-made music, to food and nutrition, and even a dash of climate bother, there’s plenty to spark your curiosity. Here are our top tips for what to check out…

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Creative Reactions Exhibition

When: 10:30am to 5pm, 10-13 May
Where: The Carousel
How much: Free (no ticket required)

Have you ever wondered what kind of research is being done by scientists in Nottingham? This exhibition explores some of that research through the lens of art, showcasing science-inspired artwork in various mediums by dozens of local artists. There will also be a range of drop-in workshops to check out, including Scientist Aishah Nasir and creative Helen Goodman giving you the chance to have a go at some sciency lino printing on Saturday 11 May between 10.30am and 1pm, and poetry writing workshop with Hannah Norris on Sunday 12 May. The launch event is at 7.30pm on 10 May and is 18+. Aside from that, the main exhibition is open to all ages.

The Art of Communication through Cartoons & Comics

When: 2.30-5pm, Mon 13 May
Where: The Carousel
How much: £5

This workshop, hosted by artist Steve Galloway, will explore the use of comics and cartoons as a way of communication. Exploring all forms of comic media from the Beano to Marvel and DC we will look at how art, text and design combine to create a form of visual communication. The workshop will be divided into segments of discussion and practice, creating an open and inclusive space to explore the power and dynamics of comics.

Tech Visionary

When: 7.30-9.30pm, Mon 13 May
Where: Bunkers Hill
How much: £5

Unlock the secrets of technological advancement with Steve Holland (How To Blow Up A Vehicle), Itunu Oyebanji (From Data to Decisions: Navigating the Business Intelligence Landscape) and Katy Voisey (Fighting corrosion with lasers and broccoli). During this event, you will find out about how they use technology to determine the survivability of the occupants of armoured vehicles when they encounter a landmine or buried IED, data-backed decision making and how to combat corrosion using plant extracts.

You Are What You Eat

When: 7.30-9.30pm, Mon 13 May
Where: Canalhouse
How much: £5

Our diet and lifestyle have massive effects on our day to day health. Speakers in this event are Tamsin Parnell (TikTok, young people and eating disorders), Professor Paul Greenhaf (Physical Inactivity: The imperceptible stressor) and Dr Vipul Batra (From Burgers to Babies: Exploring the Menu of Paternal Diet Impacts). Explore how social media can influence the eating habits of young people, the effect of inactivity on our body and how a fathers diet can actually affect an unborn baby. 

Climate Change, In Soil, Space and Sea

When: 7.30-9.30pm, Mon 13 May
Where: Beeston Social
How much: £5

A series of very different talks about climate action and sustainability. Speakers in this event are Professor Simon Gosling (How many pints of water are in a pint of beer?), Genevieve Hodgins (Digging into biochar - Fighting climate change with charcoal in agriculture) and Sam Christelow (Studying climate change from space). 

Medical Materials and Greener Methods

When: 7.30-9.30pm, Tues 14 May
Where: Cosy Club
How much: £5

Join NTU Master’s student Sona Mattummal (Uncovering vaterite’s potential: Covalent modification for advanced applications) and Research Fellow Joe Heeley (AI and Chemistry: A Greener Future) to find out more about the future of medical materials and sustainable chemistry.

AI Music and Folk Night

When: 7.30-9.30pm, Tues 14 May
Where: The Star Inn, Beeston, NG9 1FX
How much: £5

Friedrich Nietzsche once claimed that “Without music, life would be a mistake.” What would he then have made of music created by artificial intelligence? Unfortunately Fred’s not around Beeston to experience this, but you might be? Experience Solaris, a jazz-AI quartet that features a single human musician and AI Folk from the trio of Loeric (AI), Steve (human) and Carolan (AI guitar).

Rethinking the Science Behind Well-being

When: 7.30-9.30pm, Weds 15 May
Where: Liquid Light Brewing Company
How much: £5

Our well-being plays a big role in our overall quality of life and scientific discoveries can help us better understand fad from facts. The speakers at this event are Ellie Bradley (Science Credentialing Manager), Tessa Langley (Associate Professor in Health Economics), Sophie Joanisse (Assistant Professor in Exercise Science) and Pip Logan (Professor of Rehabilitation Research). Their talks range from skin care to e-cigarette use, increasing muscle mass to rehabilitation. 

Coping with Modern Challenges

When: 7.30-9.30pm, Weds 15 May
Where: The Blind Rabbit
How much: £5

Hear about three different talks all tackling the same question around coping with challenges - whether it's tackling PTSD with a popular video game, or body self-compassion. Speakers at this event include Nikki Dean Marshall (Motivations and experiences of ghosting), Courteney Fisher (Tetris as a possible tool for treating PTSD) and Carrie Paechter (Young woman skateboarders, body self-compassion, and mental health).  

Check out the full programme and book your tickets via the Pint of Science 2024 website


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