Ever wanted to learn more about the various worlds of science, but felt it needed more beer? Well, strangely specific request, but have I got the answer for you! This May 20th-22nd, cities around the world will be hosting “A Pint Of Science” – the international science festival bent on spreading knowledge, with a side of beer or cider. As I said, this is an international festival, with events spread throughout the globe – so what’s on offer here in Australia, and most importantly, right here on the Sunshine Coast?
On the 22nd of May, Heads of Noosa Brewing Co of Noosaville will be playing host to ‘Glaciers and Gecko Skin’ – an exploration of the power of microscopes and the microscopic structures that make up the world around us, from lizards and other reptiles. The evening will also feature some amazing stories of exploration and scientific discovery from the glaciers of the Arctic. Dr Adrian McCallum – Lecturer of Engineering at USC, will be sharing some of his amazing stories of survival and science from his past adventures, as well as discussing the preparation for an upcoming expedition to the Arctic. Dr McCallum is an Adventure STEM advocate and an expert in remote area science & engineering. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has conducted adventurous scientific expeditions around the globe, with some amazing stories to share over a pint. Dr Greg Watson – Researcher and Lecturer at USC, will follow up with an exploration of the micro world around us. Dr Greg Watson is a multidisciplinary scientist specialising particularly in the properties, functions and potential applications of micro-structured surfaces found in Nature. The intricate microscopic structures found on the surface of insects and lizards impart extraordinary features to their surfaces. These amazing properties may have innovative applications for the medical, military and commercial sectors.
Pint of Science Australia delivers science engagement, primarily through a national festival, that builds the Australian public’s appreciation of science, contributes positively to combat inequity and negative stereotypes within the Australia science sector, establishes and supports cross-discipline collaborations, and celebrates and champions excellence in the Australian science and science engagement sectors. The festival aims to do this through hosting their nights of scientific revelry – beer and science, what could go wrong?
To find out, check out the official Pint of Science Festival website and grab your ticket to drunk and disorderly education here.