Science in The Pub

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 new and exciting event for the 2018 Spring Festival, funded and organised by the Falmouth BID.

Grab yourself a drink and join scientists from the Penryn Campus 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:

Venue: Pennycomequick Topic: Solar Panels and Magnifying Lenses 
Date and time: 20th March 6.00pm
Speaker: Dr Katie Shanks

Dr Katie Shanks, solar energy researcher, discusses the use of optics like magnifying lenses to increase the light on solar panels, making them produce more electricity.

Venue: 5 Degrees West Topic: Animal Adaptation
Date and time: 21st March 6.00pm
Speakers: Professor Andy Russell and Professor Alastair Wilson

In a tag-team duo, animal behaviour aficionados Professors Andy Russell and Alastair Wilson will explore how animals are able to adapt in an ever-changing world. From nature to nurture, mothers to mutations, join us to discover the influences which govern who we are.

The 5 Degrees West Team are offering a 10% discount on food and drink for anyone who attends!

Venue: Jacobs Ladder Topic: Why do zebras have stripes?
Date and time: 22nd March 6.00pm
Speaker: Dr Anna Hughes

Bio-scientist Dr Anna Hughes, is researching this long-standing puzzle and will explain how, surprisingly, brightly painted battle ships and biting flies are helping scientists to provide answers to this question.

Venue: Beerwolf Books Topic: Technology in Cornwall
Date and time: 27th March 6.00pm
Speaker: Alice Williams

Archaeologist Alice Williams will be talking about prehistoric archaeology and the tools that were used from the Neolithic through to the Iron Age.

Venue: The Working Boat Topic: Beach Bums
Date and time: 28th March 6.00pm
Speaker: Dr Anne Leonard

Dr Anne Leonard takes a unique approach to the serious topic of antibiotic resistant bacteria. By analysing rectal swabs from surfers, she is getting to the bottom of whether antibiotic resistant bacteria in the sea are getting into surfers’ guts.

The Working Boat Team are offering a 10% discount on food and drink for anyone who attends!