Fancy a Pint of Science?

Fancy a Pint of Science?

Published at 11:18am 9th May 2019.

3 minute read

Public Health scientists to swap labs for Salisbury watering holes as part of the world's largest festival of public science talks.

Salisbury is joining over 300 cities across 24 countries in a three day festival from 20-22 May.

Experts from Public Health England will be bringing their research out of the lab to share with the public.

This year's festival theme is "What Next?" - a critical question that will be posed to researchers working across a huge range of scientific disciplines.

Researchers will be speaking at two locations in Salisbury:

  • @home, 5 Bridge Street
  • The Winchester Gate, 113 Rampart Rd.

You'll be able to enjoy a variety of talks from PHE's locally-based scientific experts, including:

Using cutting edge genetics to track outbreaks -Find out how metagenomic sequencing has helped identify the source of outbreaks, predict the spread of an outbreak and identify mutations that may cause problems such as antibiotic resistance . This new technique has been successfully used during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the Zika outbreak in South America.

How vaccines have changed the world - Vaccination has drastically reduced death rates in childhood over the last 150 years. Vaccines have been so successful that in some cases we have forgotten about the diseases they protect against and don't see the need to continue - which is a challenge for modern vaccination campaigns.

Piint of Science
There's a wide range of topics covered in the festival.

No background in science is required to take part in this fun event. Alongside the main talks there will be a surprise interactive activity and the opportunity to win Pint of Science glasses as prizes!

Dr. Paz Aranega Bou, Public Health England water systems scientist said:

"Volunteers from Public Health England, Porton Biopharma and Salisbury District Hospital have worked together to bring Pint of Science to Salisbury for the first time ever! Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about some of the work around human health that happens literally at their doorstep and we hope the event will be both entertaining and informative."

The festival aims to give everyone the chance to meet scientists.

Pint of Science was established seven years ago by a group of UK-based postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

Festival founders Dr Praveen Paul and Dr Michael Motskin wanted to bring back the personal touch to science, giving everyone the chance to meet the real people behind the incredible research taking place across the globe.

Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health, Jerry Wickham said:

"These events will be a fun way to learn more about the science that affects our daily lives. The information will be presented in a really accessible way, so whether you have a scientific mind or not, there will be lots to get out of the sessions."

Tickets and more information about dates and times are available from the Pint of Science  website with each evening costing just £4.

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