'Pint of Science' to drink up another night in Limerick

Brian O'Connor


Brian O'Connor

'Pint of Science' to drink up another night in Limerick

Last year’s Pint of Science was attended by Dr Terry McGrail, Prof William O’Donnor and Dr William Lee Picture: Sean Curtin

BRIAN O’CONNORbrian.g.oconnor@freenet.de

PINT of Science - the lively and engaging discussion forum that aims to make science accessible to all - returns to Limerick next Wednesday, May 25 from 7pm and is hosted by JJ Bowles pub, Thomondgate.

This year’s event is spearheaded by the UL-based Irish software research centre, Lero.

Their contribution centres on privacy. Delivered by Drs Fayola Peters and George Grispos and entitled ‘Google knows when you went to the pub’, it promises to lift the lid on what information is gleaned from us as we innocently carry around our smartphones.

Each lecture is short and designed so the science behind the topics is understandable to all. Lero’s education outreach manager Clare McInerney explains the Pint of Science concept: “Limerick is one of 100 or so cities from Australia to Brazil that are participating and the idea is we bring science to the pub. We have researchers talking about what they do in their research centres so that lay people can understand it.”

Sporting Limerick is a tag this city is proud of and many a citizen may not cast any thoughts across the mathematics behind elite sports, however, the discourse from UL’s Department of Maths and Statistics Kevin Bronson plans to enlighten us all on the topic in a fun and lively manner.

Clare adds: “We will bring the most interesting and knowledgeable scientists in the Limerick area to talk about their research. You can ask questions and have a drink with the speakers, perhaps even sharing a crazy idea you might have.”

There are five other entertaining lectures planned for the evening and delivered by various professors, doctors and PhD students.

Entry is free, but due to large numbers expected, it is advisable that attendees pre-register at pintofscience.ie.