Pop Science

Knowledge Cabaret with a Pint of Science

Weston Studio

Early career scientists present their exciting and innovative research and we are also joined by Kilter Theatre for a cabaret twist to the evening.

Find out about the weird ways of plankton to engineering new organs and everything in between.

The event is part of the national Pint of Science event and tickets are only £4


Kilter Theatre, Zero Knowledge Traders

Dredged up from an unfixed point in the distant future, these two post-apocalyptic scavengers are after your scientific secrets. “What do you know? and “How much is it worth?”. Every trade weighs up your most precious and prosaic information against an eclectic collection of facts, fictions and curiosities.

Emma Sackville, Harry Potter and the Water Oxidation Catalysts

Ever wondered what Iridium, hydrogen production and Harry Potter have in common? They’re all things that Emma likes to talk about… Come along and find out why!

Tamsyn Hawken, The Experiences of Young Carers: Towards an understanding of Psychophysiological Resilience

After a quick overview of chronic stress and caregiver outcomes, see the first two stages of the project, a systematic review of the literature and an interview study. You will then hear about how this research is informing future investigation and where it will ultimately lead. All in three minutes!

Ray Alphonce Ndibalema, Factors influencing employee engagement among academic employees

Have you ever attended a lecture where the speaker explained a subject so passionately and energetically  that you were inspired to learn more? If so, then you were in the presence of an engaged employee. These employees do their utmost best to offer the best service possible and can inspire students to become the best at what they desire to be. While we would like to have engaged academic employees in our universities, the reality is that many are not engaged. This study identifies factors that influence engagement among academic employees.

Parimala Shivaprasad, What connects a sheep and a DJ’s turntable? My research is all about finding an answer to that question!

If you thought wool was only meant for jumpers and a DJ’s turntable was restricted to a night club, you are in for a surprise! Production of pharmaceuticals is a multi-step process which is energy and cost intensive. In my research, I am using wool and a DJ disc-like reactor to make medicines in one single step hence making it more sustainable.

Maho Yokoyama, What can we learn from genome sequences?

Analysing the DNA sequence of pathogens tells us about its evolution. But this information can tell us other things; by combining sequence data with properties of the bacteria, we can learn about how certain properties like toxin production is controlled genetically. You’ll also learn what this has revealed about lipase production in the superbug MRSA.

Caroline Hughes

My research looks into the internal environment of people aged 60 and above – it’s all to do with the ageing population and trying to ensure they can live happily and healthily at home for as long as possible

Marcus Johns, Frankenstein and the Three Bears: Engineering New Organs

Over half of us will die from organ failure. Struck by this realisation, Marcus discusses the benefits and challenges associated with developing materials to support new organ growth, including the fickleness of cells, and how modelling can be used to rapidly optimise materials compared to traditional methods.

Emily Rempel, Why does Facebook know you voted for Brexit?

How much do you think Google knows about you? Is the government monitoring your Facebook likes? Who is really watching? Everything we do, online and off, produces information about who we are, what we like, and how often we like to do those things. Emily takes you on an interactive journey exploring the ways that you produce data in your daily life, where that information goes, and what the government (or Facebook!) might do with it.

Ioannis Costa, Sport improves young people’s development: myth-busted?

Sport is everywhere: on TV, in videogames, and on the streets. Because of this popularity, the myth of sport as a tool to help disadvantaged young people develop has grown. You’ve probably heard people say “football teaches teamwork” or “rugby teaches leadership”. But is it that simple? Does sport itself have an inherent – almost magical – quality that can improve young people’s lives? Only one way to find out: let’s put the myth to the test!

Russell Arnott, Sea Soup : why you should care about plankton

Russell has been an oceanographer, science teacher, and punk-rock guitarist. His talk will introduce you to the wondrous world of plankton by showcasing just some of their weird ways. Plankton are the microscopic plants and animals that inhabit the world’s waterways. These often overlooked organisms not only act as the base for many food webs but also produce a majority of our oxygen. But plankton also have the ability to regulate our climate and if harnessed, could be the panacea to climate change that we’ve been waiting for.

The event is part of the national Pint of Science event and tickets are only £4