Science in The Pub

It is with sadness that the organisers of the Falmouth Spring Festival announce that this year’s event, due to take place from the 19th to the 29th March has been cancelled. 

The decision is made in respect of the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the UK.

A good deal of time, energy and planning has gone into the 2020 event and the team would like to thank a number of partners for their commitment and understanding, in particular the University of Exeter, Falmouth Town Council, Plastic Free Falmouth, town businesses, Greenyard Flowers, Cormac, our local schools and resident community groups.

This is an unprecedented time and we thank you for your understanding in what is for all of us, a challenging environment.

Plans are very much in place to host the colourful Falmouth Spring Festival in 2021 and the dates for that will be announced in due course.

 Thank you

Falmouth Town Team

Whether you are looking to advance your scientific knowledge or just needing an excuse to go the pub on a school night, these fun and stimulating sessions run by leading academics from the University of Exeter will entertain and inspire you. This is another exciting event for the 2020 Spring Festival, funded and organised by the Falmouth BID.

Grab yourself a drink and join scientists for a light-hearted look at some of the things you probably didn’t know, in a selection of cool Falmouth pubs you probably do know! These novel talks are free to attend. Discover your thirst for science at the following locations:

Peatlands, Primates and Pyromania
Venue: Pennycomequick
Date & time: Monday 23 March, 6pm
2019 was the year the earth burned. Fire has quickly become one of the greatest environmental disasters threatening ecosystems, local communities and the global climate system. Using the Bornean orangutan as a flagship species, Abi Gwynn discusses the effects of fire on their behaviour and health.

Cutting Carbon with Local Actions
Venue: 5 Degrees West
Date & time: Tuesday 24 March, 6pm
A workshop exploring the role of local environmental action groups and the different activities that we can all do to help reduce our carbon footprint. This will include cutting our energy consumption, generating renewable energy locally, as well as options to offset our emissions.

Seagrass Ecosystems of Cornwall
Venue: The Working Boat
Date & time: Wednesday 25 March, 6pm
Seagrass ecosystems are vitally important marine habitats, found across the globe from Australia to Canada. They store carbon, combat ocean acidification and are hotspots for marine biodiversity. Dr Chris Laing will outline the current health of these beds and describe the project he’s working on to help restore them.

War of the Worlds: Bacterial Edition
Venue: Beerwolf
Date & time: Thursday 26 March, 6pm
We are immersed in a world inhabited mainly by bacteria. These microorganisms can be found everywhere. And everywhere we find them, they form communities who cooperate, fight and divide labour between different members. Dr Pawel Sierocinski studies what we can learn from bacteria; come along and discover what happens when bacterial communities go to war.

Making Space for Nature in Cornish Towns
Venue: Jacobs Ladder
Date & time: Friday 27 March, 6pm
Dr Rosalind Shaw’s research, in close collaboration with Cornwall Council, focusses on the Making Space for Nature project to improve public spaces such as small parks and road verges for wildlife and people. Ros will talk about monitoring these interventions and the challenges of being an ecologist dabbling a toe into social science.