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Why attend Science in the Pub?

Do you really need an excuse to go to the pub?

Mass media, such as television and the internet, provide a seemingly limitless source of information, but determining which sources of information are credible can be difficult. The monthly Science in the Pub gatherings will explore hot topics in science, with the goal of helping you to sort through and evaluate the evidence available for that subject. Each month we will bring together a panel of people with specific scientific expertise to help you form a rational, evidence-based opinion about the topic of the month.

The setting of the monthly gatherings will be very informal. You can come-and-go as you please (whenever you need a refill) and there is no cost to attend. Each panellist will spend about 10 minutes talking about their experience with the topic and present a summary of the data available for the topic. After this brief introduction to the topic, we will hold an open discussion that is driven largely by questions from the audience. As an added bonus there will be a drawing for a gift certificate for food at the pub!

About Science in the Pub

The goal of Science in the Pub is to promote understanding of and enthusiasm for science in the general public. The monthly gatherings will generally be held on the first Thursday or Friday of each month, but check the events page for specific details.

To this aim Science in the Pub should bring together people who may or may not consider themselves scientists in the shared interest of understanding, criticizing, debating, and learning more about current issues in science. Holding these meetings in a pub will allow this event to reach people who may be discouraged or intimidated by events held in the traditional academic sphere.

Science in the Pub is not a lecture series given by experts; it is a monthly forum where 2-4 panellists deliver short, 10 minute presentations on their experience with the topic and then answer questions from the audience via a moderator. Scientific discussion and debate can then continue informally among attendees after the panel disassembles.

Panellists are selected primarily on their ability to effectively communicate science in a non-technical and engaging manner. The expertise of the panellists will represent a range of backgrounds from STEM academics, researchers and working professionals to members of the public with first-hand knowledge on the subject.

By providing information from varied perspectives, Science in the Pub aims to create an atmosphere that respects different opinions while grounding those opinions in scientific evidence.