The world’s largest public festival of science is coming to West Country pubs this month...

CHEERS! The world’s largest public festival of science is coming to West Country pubs this month.

University boffins in Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Bournemouth are off to the pub from May 11 to 14 .

More than 30 University of Bristol scientists will ditch the lab to deliver a series of talks, demonstrations and live experiments

In Exeter, pub-goers will hear talks on everything from habitable exoplanets to online social identity detection. Bournemouth University experts will tackle ageing and mental health, while University of Bath topics include the human genome.

The three-day Pint of Science festival involves nearly 300 cities around the world.

Alongside the main talks, each evening will also include a range of science-inspired activities including live experiments, comedy, quizzes, games and puzzles.

University of Bristol PhD student and co-organiser Jamie Thakrar said: “It’s so exciting to get the important research we do at the university out to the public in the casual pub environment.”

Emily Glover, publicity officer for the Exeter event, said: “Watching the event come together, and learning about some of the great talks we have lined up this year, I don’t think I’d be able to decide which talks to go to. I hope people come and join us to learn something new and fascinating over a couple of drinks.”

The event was founded six years ago by two UK researchers.

*A full programme of events for the West Country’s Pint of Science contribution can be found at

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