Sandwiched in between all my other activities during Art Week Exeter, this was my second trip to Pint of Science.
Pint of Science aims to “deliver interesting, fun, relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub!” and to “provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out”.
In 2015, I took “Particulart” into The Ship Inn. In 2017 on 17 May, it was the turn of both “Green|Blue” and “Little Colouring Books” in the Exeter Phoenix workshop room. With a small bar in the corner, this just about qualifies as a pub. It’s definitely stretching a point to call my work the latest science research, though! Still, if it gets people thinking and talking…
The evening was entitled “Water World: Flood risk and safe water supplies“, so my talk was on “Green|Blue”, thinking in particular about uncertainty and risk. Dragan Savic from the university followed me in talking about water availability. During the interval there is always an audience activity, so I had everyone colouring in some samples from the “Little Colouring Books”. Last but certainly not least, we heard from Vikki Thompson at the Met Office on the future likelihood of unprecedented UK rainfall.
Conversations over a pint are obviously an important feature of the evening. Before, during and after, I enjoyed some really interesting discussions with other water researchers at the university, and one of the organisers about sourcing neuro-images.