Two pints of science and a packet of crisps


Pint-of-Science-Logo-with-Glasses THE University of Limerick will host a public science event with a difference next week with scientists sharing their research stories in the relaxed environment of two Limerick city pubs.

UL’s Faculties of Education and Health Science and Science and Engineering will hold a series of fun and engaging talks on May 18 and 19 in The Locke Bar and The White House Bar.

‘Pint of Science’ is a worldwide event where scientists abandon their white coats and take to the pub to share their research tales.

Limerick is one of 50 cities in eight countries taking part.  The aim of Pint of Science is to deliver science talks in an approachable way by bringing them to a relaxing public space.

The idea is to invite people to sit back, drink, listen and engage with the scientist over a pint.

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The talks will cover Health, Environment and Technology with topics including: Computers dreaming of electric music; Brains R Us; Health’s contribution to the health of the Irish economy; Bringing Maths Eyes to the masses; and Flying to the moon.

A question and answer panel discussion will follow each session.

University of Limerick STEM Chair Professor Sibel Erduran said: “This is another wonderful opportunity for UL’s best and most innovative researchers to engage with Limerick city and talk about their research and application for society. It’s an opportunity to open up the floor to debate and maybe gain some alternative perspectives, chat and network but it will be fun and relaxed.”

Monday May 18th: The Locke Bar, George’s Quay

MC: Dr Stephen Kinsella

‘Do Computers Dream of Electric Music?’ Dr Kerry Hagan
‘Making the active ingredients in medicines efficiently’ Dr Patrick Frawley
‘Contagion’ Prof James Gleeson
‘Museums, Technology… and a Drop of Magic’ Dr Gabriela Avram
‘The contribution of health to the health of the Irish economy’ Dr Stephen Kinsella
Panel discussion and mini-quiz with spot prizes
Tuesday May 19th, 7pm: The White House Bar, O’Connell Street 

MC: Prof Sibel Erduran, STEM chair, University of Limerick

‘Brains R Us’ Prof William O’Connor
Mathematics of Brewing Coffee’ Dr William Lee
‘Generating the Material Edge’ Dr Terry McGrail
‘Bringing Maths Eyes to the Masses’ Dr Aoife Smith
‘Fly me to the moon…’ Prof Mike Hinchey
Panel discussion and mini-quiz with spot prizes