The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting, fun, relevant talks on the latest scientific research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub! We want to provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out. It is run by volunteers and was established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012. The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May simultaneously in pubs in Belgium and across the world (see where!). Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation.
In 2012 Dr Michael Motskin and Dr Praveen Paul were two research scientists at Imperial College London. They started and organised an event called ‘Meet the Researchers’ which brought people affected by Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis into their labs to show them the kind of research they do. It was inspirational for both visitors and researchers. They thought if people want to come into labs to meet scientists, why not bring the scientists out to the people? And so Pint of Science was born. In May 2013 they held the first Pint of Science festival which featured some of the biggest names in their fields to explain their ground-breaking work to lovers of science and beer. It was a phenomenal success of course!
Our second (in person) Belgian Pint of Science festival took place on 20, 21, 22 May 2019 in 14 Belgian cities.
Our events were held in English, French or Dutch around the following topics:
Beautiful Mind - neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry
Atoms to Galaxies - physics, chemistry, maths, astronomy
Our Body - medicine, human biology, health
Planet Earth - geosciences, plant sciences, zoology
Tech Me Out - biotechnology, robotics, computers
Our Society - law, history, politics, policy, languages
Creative Reactions - art and science come together
2020 - 2021
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 festivals were mostly held online. You can find recordings of those events on our YouTube channel.