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Pint of Science 2018 coming to a pub near you

Once again Pint of Science is happening in Portsmouth on  Monday 14 –  Wednesday 16 May. We have expanded our themes this year and have TWO new themes; Beautiful Mind and Creative Reactions.

Join us for three nights of exciting science as we delve into talks on how breast cancer changes bone, forensic decision making, unravelling the earliest animal communities and everything in between.

Doors open 7.00pm and talks are 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Monday 14 May

Speed Dating –  The Kings, 7.30pm-9.30pm

  • Raising the roof of the world: a geological exploration of the Himalaya – Dr Catherine Mottram (Lecturer, Earth and Environmental Sciences)
  • Crumple and Crack: exploring the deformation of the Purbeck Coast and the Isle of Wight – Professor Randall Parrish (Professor of Isotope Geology)
  • Wondering about worms. The impact of earthworms on archaeology and soil – Matthew Canti (Geoarchaeologist)

Dipping and Diving – The Fat Fox, 7.30pm-9.30pm

  • Cold water immersion – pill or potion? – Dr Heather Massey (Lecturer)
  • Genderless – understanding the science, perceptions and challenges of this phenomenon – Dr Karen Dyer (Senior Lecturer, Portsmouth Law School)

Drown your sorrows – The Barley Mow, 7.30pm-9.30pm

  • Stress: From the Stone Age to the Space Age – Tony Crabtree (Lecturer Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Management)
  • Getting Boozed! The development and maintenance of alcohol addiction – James Clay (Postgraduate Student)

Tuesday 15 May

Fantastic Fossils – The Kings, 7.30pm-9.30pm

  • I’ve got a bone to pick with you: unpicking the science of bone beds – Luke Hauser (PhD Researcher)
  • The case of the missing cactus – Professor David Martill (Professor of ​Palaeobiology)
  • Unravelling some of the earliest animal communities – Dr Nicholas Minter (Senior Lecturer, Earth and Environmental Sciences) 

Building Blocks – The Fat Fox, 7.30pm-9.30pm

  • Building up from bones – exploring the wonders of skeletons, tissue and cancer treatments – Dr Robin Rumney (Senior Research Associate)
  • 3-D Computer Modelling: what is its role in designing new drugs? – Dr Paul Cox (Principal Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences)

Express Yourself – The Barley Mow, 7.30pm-9.30pm

  • The Evolutionary Origins of Language: How and Why? – Derry Taylor (PhD Student)
  • Fight or Flight: why anxiety isn’t always what it seems? – Louise Jupe (PhD Student)

Wednesday 16 May

Don’t Start a Fire! – The Kings, 7.30pm-9.30pm

  • Wildfires! Past, Present & Future – Margarita Tsakiridou (PhD Researcher)
  • Energy Crisis! What Energy Crisis? – Stuart Dick (PhD researcher, Geography)
  • Reflections from the past: using geophysical survey to find buried archaeology – Neil Linford (Senior Geophysicist)

Where’s your Head at? – The Fat Fox, 7,30pm-9.30pm

  • What can neurodevelopment tell us about childhood brain cancer? – Dr Helen Fillmore (Reader in Molecular Neuropathology and Neuro-oncology)
  • Blowing up the eye – mechanisms controlling early eye growth – Professor Lynda Erskine (Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, School of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen)

Crime Stoppers – The Barley Mow, 7.30pm-9.30pm

  • Stranger Danger: Mixed messages and protecting children from abduction – Dr Craig Collie (Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice)
  • Forensics on the brain: exploring the science behind decision-making – Dr Helen Earwaker (Lecturer in Forensic Studies)

A Natural History of Deep Time – 14 May-29 June

Don’t miss A Natural History of Deep Time, an art exhibition at Portsmouth Guildhall that celebrates billions of years of evolution with a gallery of palaeoart: scientifically-informed artistic recreations of extinct organisms and their world. It runs from 14 May until 29 June and is free to attend, no booking required. More information.

To buy tickets and see descriptions of each talk see the Pint of Science website or on the Pint of Science Portsmouth Facebook page.


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