Pint of science is an outreach and public engagement festival which runs in 30 different cities in the UK simultaneously. This year, the festival will be running in Nottingham from the 14th to the 16th of May. (check here for tickets)
The aim of the festival is to communicate science to the general public in a chilled out and relaxed environment, where people can talk directly to academics and listen to their research. In such environment, people don’t feel intimidated to ask questions. In fact, science can be quite intimidating if you don’t have a scientific background. But, it is the duty of scientists to make it more accessible using an “easy” language. For further reading take a look at my previous article.
So, I decided to get involved this year and be the leader of the Sustainability night. Three speakers from academia will talk about their research in the field of Sustainable Chemistry.
John Robinson is currently investigating new processes for extracting valuable chemicals from waste using microwaves as source of heat. This project will put an added value to biomasses which would be incenerated otherwise. Plus, microwaves represent a cheaper way of heating compared to traditional methods. John will talk how the microwave heating process works and how to obtain valuable chemicals from biomasses.
Peter Licence, director of the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry in Nottingham. Pete will talk about the 12 principles of Sustainable Chemistry and how these principles can be implemented to design new chemical processes as well as the design of environmentally friendly buildings.
Andy Nolan, Director of Sustainability at the University of Nottingham. Andy has been involved in policy making for 20 years. I invited him as a speaker because the knowledge produced in universities is a bit pointless if doesn’t make an impact outside academia.
Other entertainment activities will be running at the event. Along with my teammates, I will demonstrate a few experiments to teach people about the bad effect of greenhouse gasses, particularly carbon dioxide. Plus, I will make them aware of the negative effects of antibiotic resistance.
Pint of Science also partnered with local artists who created artwork out of the academic’s research. The exhibition will be held at National Videogame Arcade (NVA) which is in Hockley
If it happens to be in Nottingham on the 14th of May, please come along and attend the event. It will be held in one of the fanciest bars in Nottingham, the Lacehouse, in Broadway. Tickets will be on sale soon.