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Toast to knowledge and celebrate research discovery at Pint of Science Germany

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Pankratz, Pint of Science

It’s time for beer… and science! Sounds unlikely? Not for Pint of Science, a non-profit organization that brings esteemed scientists to your local pub for a few days in May every year to discuss their research with you over a beer. No prior knowledge is required, and everyone is invited to participate. This your chance to meet the scientists who shape our world and future! ScienceOpen is especially proud to be a sponsor for this year’s Pint of Science in Berlin taking place May 20-22, 2019.

Pint of Science was born out of an event called “Meet the Researchers”, organized in 2012 by two research scientists at Imperial College London in the UK, Dr Michael Motskin and Dr Praveen Paul. Their pilot event brought people affected by diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis into the college’s labs, where the two scientists showed them the kind of research they conduct. Dr Paul and Dr Motskin then asked themselves, “If people want to come into labs to meet scientists, why not bring the scientists out to the people?”. This is how the idea of Pint of Science was born. And, as Dr Motskin and Dr Paul said, “What could be a more suitable place for an event like this than the most traditional institution in the UK – the pub?”. Since the first Pint of Science festival in May 2013 in only three UK cities, the event took off around the world and will take place in nearly 300 cities this year.

Following the festival format of thematically organised evenings, Berlin’s Pint of Science will this year discuss music, technology, astrophysics, linguistics, infection biology, and more:

Monday, May 20Mind and Society: Perceptions, Music, Numbers, and Languages

Tuesday, May 21The Future: Nature and Innovation

Wednesday, May 22Beyond Science: Science Communication on Earth and Particles from Space

The tickets are on sale here and cost €2.50/evening. We encourage you to book early due to high demand! We at ScienceOpen look forward to seeing you on at least one of three tasty craft beer locations chosen by the Berlin Pint of Science Team. Franziska Sattler, Pint of Science city coordinator for Berlin and vertebrate palaeontologist, says:

We are especially proud that we could form such a diverse range of speakers this year – both in background and field of study. We cover everything from linguistics to particle science and have contributions from Master and PhD students and professors that run huge labs.

I truly think that there will be something for everybody at Pint of Science.

Still not convinced? Check out the overview of the programme below – its diversity on each night speaks for itself! Cheers!

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Pankratz, Pint of Science

Monday, May 20 – Mind and Society: Perceptions, Music, Numbers, and Languages

Location: Kaschk, Linienstrasse 40, Berlin 10178

Doors open 19:00
Event 19:30 to 22:00

Topics and speakers:

Myths and Misconceptions – What did we get wrong in the migration debate? – Sulin Sardoschau (Deutsches Zentrum für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (DeZIM) e.V.)

Music and Emotions – Mats Küssner (Lecturer in Musicology at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

The Relationship between Numbers, Arithmetic and Space – Daniele Didino (Researcher at the Department of Psychology, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

What it Means to Know a Language – Elizabeth Pankratz (Master student at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

The complexity of our mind and psychology is exceptional. Join us for an evening of discovery of ourselves and how we perceive things in our society. We will debunk myths of migration issues, explore how music influences our emotions, understand why some of us are better in learning mathematics, and learn how linguists analyse the languages we speak. (Source)

Tuesday, May 21 – The Future: Nature and Innovation

Location: The Castle Pub – Friedrichshain, Frankfurter Tor 7, Berlin 10243

Doors open 19:00
Event 19:30 to 22:00

Topics and speakers:

Photo Credit: Franziska Sattler, Pint of Science

Empowering Scientists Through Voice Technology – Gursatya Singh (Biotech Researcher & Head of Growth at LabTwin)

Das Humboldt Forum spielt sich frei Christian Stein (Post-doc at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

The Sun Under the MicroscopeMeetu Verma (Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP))

Mosquitoes, Malaria and More – Anna Weyrich (Ph.D. student at the Max-Planck Institute for Infection Biology)

This evening’s line-up will range from fundamental sciences to new technological innovations. Be inspired by state-of-the-art research of mosquitoes and malaria and the heart of our solar system, the Sun; be awed by exciting new tech developments, the world’s first voice-powered digital assistant to improve science productivity and reproducibility; and discover a game to revolutionise museums. (Source)

Wednesday, May 22 – Beyond Science: Science Communication on Earth and Particles from Space

Location: The Castle Pub – Mitte, Invalidenstr. 129, Berlin 10115

Doors open 19:00
Event 19:30 to 21:30

Topics and speakers:

Science Journalism: Struggles, Victories and Experiences – Diana Kwon (Freelance Science Journalist, writing about the Life Sciences, Health, and Academic Publishing)

Mitforschen für Groß und Klein – die Citizen Science Plattform Bürger schaffen Wissen – Florence Mühlenbein (Project Management Bürger schaffen Wissen (Citizen Science) and ScienceStarter)
@mitforschen ; Michael Siegel (Volontariat Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit bei Wissenschaft im Dialog) @wissimdialog 

Boten aus dem All – Christian Stegmann (Direktor für den Bereich Astroteilchenphysik am Deutschen Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY) @desy 

Is science only for scientists? On this evening, join us to learn about science journalism and citizen science, both of which are vital to quality and sustainability of science. Pint of Science attendees can also play their role in shaping the development of future research. We will also go beyond earth and hear about how subatomic particles from outer space influence our universe. (Source)

Can’t attend the event in Berlin? No need to worry, there are Pint of Science festivals in 8 other cities across Germany! For further information about the programme and to find your closest Pint of Science gathering, please visit

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