From the lab to the pub: Pint of Science is back and coming to your localBlathnaid O’Deaon May 5, 2022 at 09:55 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


Pint of Science takes place in eight different locations across the country from May 9 – 11. The festival runs in the UK and internationally also. In Ireland, it is supported by Science Foundation Ireland.

The Irish organisers recently announced its line-up for 2022, with fun things happening in Donegal, Cork, Dublin, Louth, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford.

The schedule for Pint of Science Ireland 2022 is LIVE! Make sure to book yourself a ticket

This year we’re in Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Louth, Waterford, and Wexford from the 9th – 11th May.

Tickets available here:

— Pint of Science IE (@pintofscienceIE) April 30, 2022

Pint of Science is already a winner with fans of similar science communication events such as Bright Club. It seems the idea of sinking a pint of plain and listening to a scientist explain their research is a very popular night out.

Tickets for all talks are free, attendees will only have to put their hand in their pocket if they want to purchase a pint of porter. There are some events taking place in cafes for under-18s and coffee lovers, too.

What’s On

Dubliners with a strong stomach will no doubt enjoy a talk called Diseases: From DNA to Dog Poo taking place in Doyle’s pub on College Street on May 9. Starting at 7.30pm and lasting one hour, attendees will hear from four Dublin-based researchers pondering topics such as im-moo-nology (that’s immunology, by the way) and the protection of human health and how our pet dogs can influence our gut microbiomes.

Other Dublin events include Planet Earth Calling!, a series of talks about topics ranging from solar energy to protecting Dublin’s deer. A seismologist will also feature to discuss the links between volcanoes and earthquakes to round off the event, which takes place in Phibsborough pub, The Back Page.

For Corkonians interested in climate science and a creamy pint of Beamish or Murphy’s, There is no planet B and From Water to Land will be running in The New Bar in the student centre on College Road.

For those more interested in biology and how the human body works, there’s also a talk happening in the same venue called Journey of our body – from birth to death that deals with questions you may have asked yourself once or twice, like is my baby an alien or is this slice of gateaux going directly to my heart?

There’s also a human body related talk in Galway’s Massimos pub, on May 11, simply titled Our Body.

And in JJ Bowles pub in Limerick, a group of scientists will come together to deliver a series of talks on topics as diverse as cancer in turtles and how tiny sponges can help halt the climate crisis. Also speaking at the Seize the Science event will be a neuroscientist discussing sex differences in the brain and a professor of organic chemistry chatting about elements in their element.

For space cadets, there’s an event in Nancy’s Bar in Donegal sure to be of interest. Gin drinkers in Dundalk will want to check out STEAM out loud – Listoke distillery tour, which will show attendees how gin is made.

There’s plenty of other events worth going along to. You never know, you might come across one happening in your local watering hole. If you fancy a closer look at what’s on offer across the country, see Pint of Science’s website.

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