Pint of Science festival comes to Leeds pubs

By Sean Gannon

Pubs across Yorkshire have been entertaining patrons with a series of lectures about science.

This is part of an annual country-wide festival hosted by Pint of Science, a non-profit organisation that wants to bring the latest research and findings directly to the public.

The three-day event has been taking place this week in drinking establishments across the UK, including some in Yorkshire cities such as Sheffield, York and Leeds.

They promise engaging talks from a variety of speakers within the scientific community on subjects including neuroscience, physics and biotechnology.

Among these was the ‘All the Small Things’ event at Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds on Monday, which hosted talks by Dr Oscar Cespedes and Dr Sarah Anne Harris from Leeds University, who spoke about the materials and power consumption of today’s computers and the physics of biomolecules respectively.

The first Pint of Science festival took place in May 2013 in just three cities.

It has since spread across the globe, with branches in over 150 cities around the world.

When asked about the group’s future prospects, Devesh Mistry, Pint of Science’s Leeds publicist, answered: “Growing, really. Last year we started in Leeds with just three events. This year we’ve gone to five events and almost doubled the number of tickets we have available, so really we can only grow to bigger venues, to more varieties of talks and really engage the public on what’s going on right here in Leeds.”

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