I was twice the York coordinator for the international Pint of Science Festival and am now Chapter Manager for York, Hull and Bournemouth:
University researchers carry out the most varied, incredible and innovative experiments and studies. To many people this research can sound like science fiction; growing brain cells in a flask, developing nano-particles to carry drugs around the body and discovering dark matter is obvious to scientists, but for the public it is a surprise that these techniques even exist and a mystery as to how and why they may be developed. Our festival is all about getting this sort of amazing information across to non-scientists on a large scale over three nights in a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of a traditional British social gathering, the pub!
We want to make the public aware of the kind of scientific research that happens in universities and to allow them to ask questions directly with the people who carry it out, as well as to give universities and institutions an opportunity to share their research directly with the public across six broad themes: Beautiful Mind, Atoms to Galaxies, Our Body, Planet Earth, Tech Me Out and Our Society.