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Pub-based Science Festival Returns To Reading

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Pub-based Science Festival Returns To Reading

Head down to your local pub to hear talks on everything from platelets to planets!

More than 31 scientists from the University of Reading and other institutions to appear across the city, as the world’s largest festival of public science talks arrives in Reading

Reading will join over 300 cities around the world who will be taking part in this global festival from 20 – 22 May

Tickets on sale from 8 April at –




Tickets are launched today for the world’s largest festival of public science talks, which will see University of Reading scientists, as well as scientists from other institutions, take to the stage in pubs across Reading.


Joining events around the country, pubs across the town including The Three Guineas, The Outlook and Smoking Billy’s will host events with scientists, comedians and musicians sharing about the latest research and developments. Tickets for Reading events are available from the Pint of Science website (, with each evening costing just £4.




Talks include:

  • Balancing biodiversity concerns with global food demands;
  • New developments in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease;
  • Self-healing phone screens and cars.


Each evening will include a main talk, plus a range of fun, science-related activities including live experiments, science comedy, fun quizzes and other interactive activities.


Event Coordinator Chanida Fung, a PhD student at the University of Reading, said:  “Reading’s second Pint of Science is gearing up to be bigger, better and more jammed packed with science. We have some brilliant talks lined up this year, so this is an amazing opportunity for Reading locals to hear about the cutting-edge research going on, straight from scientists themselves.”


The international, three-day Pint of Science festival will see thousands of scientists simultaneously bringing their research out of the lab to share with the public in over 300 cities across 24 countries. Founded seven years ago by two UK researchers, the festival brings a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the nation’s favourite locals. New for 2019 is the festival theme “What Next?” – which will be put to researchers working across a huge range of scientific disciplines.


Pint of Science


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.


“As the festival enters its seventh year, we’re absolutely thrilled to have Pint of Science reaching more people than ever before” says new Director Dr Callam Davidson.  This year’s festival will feature some fantastically creative events cooked up by our endlessly ambitious volunteers, showcasing some of the nation’s most brilliant researchers in their local pubs and cafes. This year has been a big one for Pint of Science, and we see some very exciting things on the horizon – join us for a pint in May and we’ll tell you all about it!”


This year’s festival also includes Creative Reactions, a programme where artists and scientists partner to inspire each other and produce incredible art inspired by scientists’ research, such as paintings, sculptures, dances and music. These works break down barriers and encourage creativity for both parties – with breath-taking results. The artwork will be displayed throughout the week at Broad Street Bar and Kitchen.