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Fancy a side of science with your pint?

The International Pint of Science festival brings some of Australia's brightest minds to share their scientific research with you over a pint in your local pub. Various events will be held around the country from May 15-17 and will feature the following topics:

  • Beautiful mind – neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry
  • Atoms to galaxies – physics, chemistry, maths and astronomy
  • Our body – medicine, human biology and health
  • Planet Earth – geosciences, plant sciences and zoology
  • Tech me out – biotechnology, robotics and computers
  • Our society – law, history, politics, policy and languages

To find out if there is an event near you, head to the Pint of Science for festival details and full speaker line up.

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Hear from top scientists around the nation

We are proud to have some of our very own CSIRO researchers and scientists speak at various events around the country.

  • Peter Hunt, Tamworth - Parasitic worms in medicine and agriculture. That's what I do for a living. I look at ways we can manage them in ourselves and our animals. There are many different kinds of them, and they live in all sorts of creatures. At this year’s Pint of Science, I will be talking about worms in particular. Not the type that you find in the garden, but the type that you give your dog, cat or sheep worming tablets for. Like everything else, they are evolving to live the best they can in today’s society. But what will be the effect of this on us and our animals as their hosts? Will our medicines still be effective?
  • Baerbel Koribalski, Sydney - Galaxies in Radio Light. How radio-astronomers study the light of distant galaxies emitted in radio waves using facilities as the new "Australian SKA Pathfinder" (ASKAP) interferometer.
  • Phil Larkin, Canberra - Kebari - the gluten free barley. Gluten proteins are problematic for many, especially coeliacs. CSIRO scientists combined rare barleys missing each of the types of gluten, to produce a revolutionary new barley, named Kebari – for beer and food.
  • Michael Conlon, Adelaide - Your gut microbes - treat them with respect. Find out how what you eat influences the activities and populations of gut bacteria and other microbes, and the potential consequences for your health.
  • Bryan Lessard, Canberra - Flies are the new black. These two winged insects are important pollinators that give us chocolate, save us billions of dollars each year as an alternative medical treatment and could become the next superfood of the 21st century. Loving flies yet?
  • Nick Wade, Brisbane - Join us for a pint and listen to a talk about aquaculture!
  • David Howard, Brisbane - Can robots evolve? We all know Darwin's theory of evolution and ""survival of the fittest” as applied to living things. But can the same principles be applied to robots?  Are we heading towards a future where robots are considered to be a life-form?
  • Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay, Brisbane - Next Generation of Field Robots. In this talk I will introduce some of CSIRO's robots that are changing the way we perform infrastructure monitoring in dangerous and challenging environments.
  • Christian Hornung, Melbourne - The art of making stuff. I investigate new technologies for chemical manufacturing. This includes miniaturization, 3D metal printing, and the question of batch vs. continuous.
  • JJ Richardson, Melbourne - 'Iron-Man’ Suits on the Nanoscale. Intricate nanomaterials exist in nature, yet scientists have issues creating similar things in the lab. We take an alternative approach, and instead of mimicking nature, we augment it with high-tech nano-armor.
  • Keith Bristow, Townsville - Plastics in crop production. The case for a sprayable biodegradable polymer membrane as a game-changer in agricultural crop production. New environmentally friendly technology will help farmers grow more crops with less inputs to feed & clothe a rapidly growing global population.
  • Rob Kinley, Townsville - Invasive Seaweeds Offer Environmental Optimism. The ocean offers an assortment of flora with solutions to some perplexing problems of modern times. Seaweeds produce biotechnology that can help salvage coastal economies damaged by invasive species. 

As part of our accelerator program, ON, we welcome;

  • Ros Wallace from Wildlife Drones, Canberra - Robots, radios and rare critters. How drones can solve the animal-tracking puzzle!
    Wildlife Drones has designed the world’s first robotic radio-tracking drone. "We believe drones can radically redefine the way animals can be located and studied."
  • Yolanda Surjan from RadVet, Tamworth - Cancer treatment: from human to animal. A lot of our pets might be covered in fur or hair, but they still get skin cancer just like humans do. And this can be devastating for both them and us. However, we have been treating humans for this type of cancer for a while now– why can’t we do the same for our pets? Well, we can. We are turning the old scientist model of first testing new treatments on animals then on humans on its head. I will be talking about how we are adapting human skin cancer radiation therapy technology to make it safe for our pets, so that they get the best possible treatment too.
  • Ryan McAllister from RapidAim, Brisbane - Fighting food pests with tech. Pioneering internet-of-things technology can remotely detect fruit-flies across vast agricultural areas. These tiny pests cause US$30 billion in crop damage, and tech revolutions such as these can help feed the world by enabling better crop yields. 
  • Kirsty Pringle from BioMarx, Newcastle - From Embryo Implantation to Tumour Metastasis: Too Much of a Good Thing? Can a better understanding of the mechanisms that control embryo implantation or promote cancer growth lead to improved cancer therapies and improve pregnancy outcomes?

Find out more about our ON accelerator program .

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