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18 April 2018 News Release

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Audience: Hello, from Pint of Science, Newcastle, Australia.

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Pubs across the country will host some of our brightest science minds from May 14 to 16 to talk about their science, technology, engineering or maths research and careers over a pint (or two).

Pint of Science will be celebrated in a record 21 countries this year, and Australia's east coast will host the first events of 2018.

Pint of Science Australia Co-Director, Jirana Boontanjai, said that the volunteer-run festival was a great way to celebrate the contribution and the passion of researchers who drive innovation.

"We want to show Australians all the interesting research happening right here in our own backyard. I am particularly excited by our partnership with CSIRO, which has helped us to build a fantastic program of talks showcasing the world-leading research that happens right here in Australia.

"Pint of Science is all about having researchers connect with their local community in a familiar, relaxed setting – the pub. We strongly promote diversity in our festival and are proud to feature speakers from a range of disciplines, career stages and genders.

"This will be our biggest festival so far, with more talks and events than ever before. But we're still growing, and in the future we hope to put even more science on tap in local pubs across Australia," Ms Boontanjai said.

The 2018 Pint of Science Australia festival is powered by CSIRO, Australia's national science agency.

This year, events will be held in 32 pubs in 16 locations across Australia, from capital cities to regional centres and rural towns, talks will cover a range of scientific disciplines that impact our daily lives – including biotechnology, astronomy, climate science and ecology.

CSIRO's Michelle Colgrave, a leader in molecular analysis of agriculture and food, will be speaking in Brisbane about what really is in your pint of beer.   

"It's common to enjoy a chilled pint after a long day, but most people don't realise that brewing is one of the oldest biotech processes known to humans," Dr Colgrave said.

"I'll be talking about what's in your beer, other than cool refreshing bubbles, that can promote good health but, also, what might be harmful to some of you."

Dr Brad E. Tucker, astrophysicist and cosmologist at Mount Stromlo Observatory, Australian National University, will talk about his work using space telescopes to find stars as they explode.

"We are all interested in how the Universe works, and where we are all going," Dr Tucker said.

"Pint of Science is taking the scientific conversation outside the workplace and into our communities. It is great to be able to talk about something as big and abstract as the Universe in a pub conversation."

For the first time, the Pint of Science Australia will also have an artist in residence, Dan Power, who has created an original design to commemorate the festival.

The first Pint of Science festival was held in May, 2013 in three cities in the United Kingdom, and has since grown to nearly 300 cities around the world. The first Pint of Science Australia was held in Sydney in 2014.

Tickets are now on sale. For location and program details, and to purchase tickets, visit Pint of Science.


Dan Power is an award-winning fine artist and science communicator based in Canberra, exhibiting nationally and internationally. He uses his background in natural science to explore nature through art, telling its stories and helping people to engage with science in an inspired way. Dan has captured many varied elements of Australian science all filling the pint glass representing the festival as a whole. He has featured notable contributions from CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, along with references to talks from the broader 2018 Pint of Science program. ©  Dan Power

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