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Published: 10 May 2016

Raise your glass to a Pint of Science

World-renowned academics will be serving up pint-sized measures of their cutting edge research in a ground-breaking project to hit Guildford pubs.  

  • Guildford pubs play host to a new wave of fascinating evening discussions from eminent academics on research that affects us all.
  • The University of Surrey and Pint of Science will visit The Stoke Pub and The Star Inn in Guildford between 23rd-25th May in this series of talks which will include an improvised comedy act by ‘Left Foot First’ in a “Whose Line is it Anyway” science themed session.
  • Tickets are available through the website by clicking on Guildford and then the shopping trolley icon.

World-renowned academics will be serving up pint-sized measures of their cutting edge research in a ground-breaking project to hit Guildford pubs. 

From Monday 23rd May until Wednesday 25th May, some of the University of Surrey’s top doctors and professors will be hosting pop-science presentations in pubs around Guildford on subjects as diverse as the myths around fats and sugar to how shift work affects our moods.

Kicking off the Festival on Monday 23rd May, at The Stoke Pub and Pizzeria, Stoke Road, Guildford with doors opening at 7.00pm will be “Music, Sleep and The Brain”.  Here the University of Surrey’s

Dr Nayantara Santhi and Sarah Campbell will discuss how music affects our emotions and the effects that shift work with their irregular sleeping patterns have on our emotional wellbeing.

On Tuesday 24th May, at The Star Inn on Quarry Street in Guildford from 7.00pm will be “All Things Tech” led by the University of Surrey’s Dr Radu Sporea and Dr Sujata Kundu.  “Just Enough Doctorate to Perform”, being presented by Dr Radu Sporea is similar in style to TV’s ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’.  A session where science and improvised comedy mesh together with the assistance of ‘Left Foot First’, a comedy group specialising in improvisation. 

After discussing real-life science, Dr Sporea will turn fact on its head with Left Foot First through a series of improvised comedy games based around his area of expertise in computers and silicon chips.  Also being discussed throughout the evening for technology junkies will be ‘Engineering Superheroes’ and ‘A Day in the Life of a String Theorist’.  String Theory is a broad and varied subject used in physics which has been applied to a variety of fascinating issues within cosmology such as black holes.

Concluding the series of events, on Wednesday 25th May from 7.00pm at The Star Inn, Quarry Street in Guildford will be “Fats and Fiction”.  A leading figure in his field, Professor Bruce Griffin from the University of Surrey, will unearth the truth behind fats and sugars in our diet.  We will also hear about how our body reacts to drugs and processes them in a session called “Bugs, Drugs and Alcohol”.      

Dr Radu Sporea, from the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute, said:

“Pint of Science is part of a new wave of means engaging with scientists.  Science and engineering are expanding the limits of our knowledge and abilities to shape our world, but they are also very human activities, and for that they’re worth sharing.  The University has a huge range of exciting activities going on, and letting Guildford and the world know about them in this way is something to look forward to.”

Tickets for these events, which are occurring for the first time in Guildford, are available for £4.00 each by booking through  

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