frequently asked questions
What is Pint of Science?
We are a non-profit organisation which invites science researchers to share what they do and why they do it with the public. The events take place in casual venues such as pubs and cafes. The speakers usually give a talk or presentation and you'll have the opportunity to ask them questions and have a chat with them. Our annual Pint of Science festival happens over three days in May and happens in hundreds of cities across the world, but sometimes we also hold some one-off events throughout the year. Sign up to our mailing list below to know what, where and when.
What is an event like?
Each event is unique, but in general there tend to be two talks per evening that are around 20-30 minutes each with time for questions and answers afterwards. No question is too silly - if you really just want to know how much that microscope costs, just ask! There is also a break in between the talks involving activities and where you are in with a chance to win Pint of Science and partners' goodies.
Can i bring my child?
This really depends on the venue. You will need to check with them as age limits and rules vary with each one. In general we suggest people be at least 13 years old to attend Pint of Science.
For some of our events which take place in theatres, or all our astronaut events, all ages are welcome including those under 13 years.
Tickets for events
If an event is sold out then we're sorry but no more tickets will become available. We don't have any waiting lists either.
If an event hasn't sold out, there may be tickets available on the door, but this is at the discretion of the local organisers at each venue and there is no guarantee this will happen.
We're sorry to say that our tickets are not transferable to other events - if you can no longer attend an event you are welcome to give your ticket to a friend, they just need to say your name at the door.
We are unable to offer refunds to attendees who can no longer attend (or do not attend). This is simply because we are a small organisation and it's logistically very difficult. In the rare case that an event is cancelled you may receive a refund.
How can I help organise the festival?
To volunteer to help out and join our community, please email us with where you are and what you'd like to do and we will try to place you. With regards to new cities the intake is usually September/October each year - please email us if you want to start in a new city. In general it can make organisation easier if you are part of a university and can get public engagement involved. In any case, if we have enough requests from people in a city we will do our best to make it happen there. All contact details can be found on our Contact page.
How can I be a Pint of Science speaker?
Our speakers are selected by our local organisers in each city, and so we cannot respond to requests to speak; at best we can pass your details onto the relevant team to see if they have any space, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee you will be contacted, or when you will be contacted. Please fill in this form to express an interest.
I have a venue. How can I put it forward for the festival?
Thanks for considering us! We need venues where there's enough space for a presentation and guests can get a drink. Please email us and we will pass on your details to the relevant team. We are usually looking for venues between October and March.
How can i get some of the coold Pint of Science goodies?
We periodically produce Tshirts, posters and other promotional items. Have a look at our online shop where we will occasionally sell our items.