Have a sip of science

Freiburg hosts its first Pint of Science festival from 14th-16th May 2018

May 04, 2018
The world’s maybe most unusual science festival is coming to Freiburg. From 14 to 16 May, scientists from the University, Uniklinik and the Max Planck Institute Freiburg will bring ground-breaking research from the lab to the local pub. “Pint of Science” stops at Wirthaus “Goldener Sternen” for three nights and in a series of easy-going talks neuroscientists, biologists and engineers will share their research stories and discoveries with the public. Topics range from pioneering technologies to accelerate the wound healing to epigenetic regulation in complex diseases, stem cells, brain research and many more.

Three days, seven scientists and one pub. Pint of Science is maybe the most unusual science festival on the planet. The idea is simple: down-to-earth talks by scientists will engage discussion on a broad range of topics – while having the chance of sip-ping a good pint of beer.

The idea for Pint of Science was born in the UK by two scientists at the Imperial College. After the first event in only a handful of pubs in the UK in 2013, it quickly took off and “Pint of Science” community now spreads over nearly 300 cities worldwide.

For the first time, Freiburg joins the “Pint of Science” community, spread over 21 countries, and already involving seven cities around Germany in 2018. Over three days from May 14th to 16th, the Wirtshaus Goldener Sternen at Tennenbacher Platz in Freiburg will host the local event, every evening from 6 pm until 9 pm.

For the debut, the organizers put together an exciting program showing the diversity of ongoing research at the Dreisam. Talks by renowned scientists from University, Uniklinik and the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetic Freiburg working in the fields of engineering sciences, medicine and biology will guide the audience through their research projects and offer the chance to ask questions in a re-laxed and informal atmosphere. “Pint of Science is an excellent way to bring scientists and the public together.

Overview of the Pint of Science 2018 program in Freiburg

Monday, 14th May 2018: Tech on me
The first evening is dedicated to technology and how it helps to understand or even fix the human body. Dr. Maria Asplund (University of Freiburg) will talk about her approach to accelerate the healing of skin wounds through electrical stimulation. Dr. Jörg Büscher (MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg) dives deep into sewage water system and is not only able to tell which drug spikes in the water systems days after a music festival. By using the same technology he usually dives deep into the cell and helps to understand our cellular metabolism.

Tuesday, 15th May 2018: Cell food
On Tuesday, Dr. Nina Cabezas-Wallscheid, Prof. Edward Pearce and Dr. Andrew Pospisilik will explore the very basic mechanisms of the human body. The three researchers from the MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics will show how cutting-edge research answers some of the most urgent questions in science today. The audience will find out how lifestyle influences the func-tion of stem cells, what fuels immune cells to fight infections and if DNA can change through ep-igenetics, even after we were born.

Wednesday, 16th May 2018: Mind your head
On the final night, Prof. Marco Prinz (Uniklinik Freiburg) and Prof. Andreas Vlachos (University of Freiburg) will lead in a journey into the most complex machine in the world – the brain. The audience will discover with Marco Prinz how the brain protects itself from injury and explore with Andreas Vlachos the remarkable ability of the human brain to respond to stimuli with last-ing adaptations that are relevant for essential brain functions, such as learning and memory.

It shows much newest research is relatable to almost everyone. The audience learns about scientists and their work when at the same time, the scientists can learn about the questions on everyone’s mind,” says Max Planck Ph.D. student Nikki van Teijlingen Bakker, who is the local coordinator of the event.

If you want to attend Pint of Science Freiburg 2018, you have to hurry up. The tickets for the event in the Goldener Sternen are limited and can be ordered on https://pintofscience.de/events/freiburg.

Pint of Science Freiburg

14-16 May 2018 | 18:00
Wirtshaus Goldener Sternen
Tennenbacher Platz, Emmendinger Straße 1
79106 Freiburg

Tickets are 2,50 Euros and limited. Find the tickets and more information on the event at: https://pintofscience.de/events/freiburg

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