Scientists swap the lab for the pub at Pint of Science festival

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A new festival in Victoria aims to prove that science doesn’t have to be stuffy.

Pint of Science is inviting the public to listen to talks by local scientists on everything from black holes to Alzheimer’s over a drink or two at the local pub.

“We don’t want to come across as these dingy scientists that never get out of the lab, we want people to know that scientists are just people,” said Bill Halliday, an associate conservation scientist with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada and Pints of Science organizer.

“Come out, we can relax, enjoy a beer and we can tell you about the interesting work that’s going on in the city around you.”

The event has its origins in the U.K., where, in 2012, two postdoctoral researchers working in the field of brain sciences had the idea to invite people affected by Parkinson’s, Alzeimer’s, motor neuron disease and multiple sclerosis into their labs.

This is the first year the Pint of Science festival will be held on the West Coast. (Pint of Science Canada/Facbook)

The success of the Meet the Researchers event, which offered a chance for people to learn about the scientific developments related to their disease, encouraged them to think bigger and bring the scientists to the people.

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