The Pint of Science science popularization festival returns to its origins and recovers face-to-face events. On May 9, 10 and 11, the La Cantonada cafeteria (Tarragona) and the Café Teatre del Center (Reus) will host conferences by researchers from the territory who will talk about science in bars. A total of twelve scientific talks have been scheduled -two per day and city- on diverse topics and in a relaxed atmosphere, with the aim of bringing science closer to the public through colloquial language. The Camp de Tarragona Association for Scientific Dissemination (DivulgaTGN) participates in the organization of this event.
During the three days of the festival, the sessions will begin at 6 p.m. and will maintain the participatory nature of previous editions, since after each talk the attending public is offered the chance to interact with the researchers in an informal setting and thus shorten the distance between the scientific world and society.
This edition will deal with current issues such as nuclear energy, green hydrogen or the development of cutting-edge research in technology. Researchers from the Rovira i Virgili University, the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute, the Catalan Chemical Research Institute, the Sant Joan de Reus Hospital or the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, among others, will participate.
This is the fifth year that the Camp de Tarragona hosts this festival and places Tarragona and Reus on the map of the more than 200 cities in 25 countries around the world that will celebrate it simultaneously. Pint of Science is a scientific informative event with a marked international character that was devised with the aim of extracting knowledge from universities, laboratories and research centers and transferring it to citizens, to propose a relaxed and participatory informative experience with society.
The Festival was born in May 2013 at Imperial College London, when researchers Mighael Mostkin and Praveen Paul organized an event in their laboratories in order to show the research they carried out on people affected by different mental illnesses. From that experience they thought that if people wanted to enter the laboratories to learn about the work carried out by the scientific community, it would also be a good idea to bring science to the place where the people are. The initiative was replicated in other countries until the first edition of Pint of Science was held in Spain in 2015. Since then the festival has grown steadily.
In the last face-to-face edition of 2019, 23,250 people attended the three days of the festival, a figure that placed it as the second country with the most Pint of Science venues in the world, only surpassed by Brazil.
In Tarragona, the first edition of the festival was held in 2018, by the Camp de Tarragona Association for Scientific Dissemination, and a year later it was held in Reus.