Pint of Science events in Perth
What’s the best cure for Mondayitis? A cheeky drink at the pub over stimulating conversation, of course.
If you like your drinks served cold with a side of science, you should head on down to one of your local Pint of Science events.
Starting in the UK as a volunteer-run event, Pint of Science has stretched out across the globe. The festival runs in over 150 cities across 12 countries—including Perth.
Over the same days in each city, talks will be held at local pubs to bring scientific research to the community. Pint of Science brings together some of the best and brightest scientists to discuss their latest research over a beer or two.
This year, there are six fascinating talks over three nights and two venues, and with tickets at only $5 each, you can afford to take a night out. Have a look below to see this year’s range of locations and topics.
Venue: Bar Orient, 39 High St, Fremantle.
DOORS 7PM. EVENTS 7.30 – 9.45PM
Space Bar: 15 May
Crazy about the cosmos? Then head on down to the Space Bar to find out about the next frontier for space discovery: the Square Kilometre Array. Physicist David Gozzard will be shining a light on the world’s most powerful telescope and what it might help us find out in the void.
Astronomer Claudia Lagos will then take us through the computer simulations that help us understand our Universe and how it all came to be.
It’s All in Your Head: 16 May
What can you tell from a face? That’s what Dr Clare Sutherland will explore in her talk about facial impressions, their consequences and accuracy. Dr Jason Bell will then explain how visual attention experiments can provide insights into illnesses like eating disorders.
BIO ZONE: 17 May
Welcome to the Bio Zone—a place to explore creepy crawlies and majestic mammals. Arachnologist Dr Lizzy Lowe will be talking all about the weird and wonderful world of spiders. She’ll even explain why you should want to have some of your own eight-legged friends around the garden.
From one of people’s most feared animals to one of their most beloved, marine biologist Sarah Marley studies bottlenose dolphins in the Swan River. How noisy is it under water? And how is human-produced noise pollution affecting our playful underwater pals? Sarah will be answering those questions and more at her talk.
venue: The Boston, 205 James St, Northbridge
Doors 7pm. Events 7.30 – 9.45pm
Science for Babies: 15 May
Got babies on the brain? So do Dr Mel Walls and Professor John Newnham. IVF has been helping women conceive over the past few decades, but it comes at quite a high cost. A new modification of the treatment could provide an option for people with tighter budgets. Mel talks us through IVM—a potential alternative for IVF that is less invasive and more cost-effective.
John will then take us through his life’s work studying the early-life origins of health and disease. In particular, he will discuss the prevention of pre-term birth—one of the greatest causes of death and disability in young children.
The Secret History of Australia: 16 May
There are secrets to uncover in our land down under. Associate Professor Marie-Eve Ritz kicks us off by uncovering some of the hidden patterns in Australian language.
Archaeologist Dr Sven Ouzman will then take us on a journey through the history of rock art in Western Australia. He’ll be telling us about how these are more than just pretty pictures on the wall. There’s a lot we can learn from rock art, and there’s definitely more than meets the eye.
Full Throttle Future: 17 May
For all you futurists, Pint of Science has cutting-edge virtual reality and electric motorsports. When it came to communicating plant cell biology, science communicator Karina Price didn’t settle for a paper and pen response. The team built a virtual plant cell—a virtual reality tool allowing people to get up close and personal with the inner workings of a cell.
Then strap yourself in for a talk about the exhilarating future of electric motorsports. Co-founder of Voltron Motorcycles Mike O’Hanlon discusses his vision for electric motorsports and an exciting new go-kart venture.