Fancy a pint of science alongside your regular tipple? Curious about health, our planet, or technology? Then head down to the Armidale Golf Club on May 20, 21, and 22 to quench your thirst for knowledge.
Pint of Science, a global event that began in the United Kingdom six years ago, will feature University of New England's scientists talking about their latest research and findings.
Dr James O'Hanlon, co-organiser and researcher in animal behaviour and ecology, says presenters are excited about the opportunity to showcase their work.
"Pint of Science is all about having researchers connect with their local community in a familiar, relaxed setting - the pub," he said. "It's about research happening in our backyard."
Monday night's theme is Healthy me: living longer and loving it. We're living longer than previous generations, but health and happiness take more work. How can we improve our chances of survival and a quality life?
Biomedical scientist Professor Hugh Barrett confirms that we are what we eat ... and do, and looks at how diet and exercise affect cardiovascular health. Associate Professor Michelle Guppy (School of Rural Medicine) discusses the difference between disease and kidney function declining with age. Associate Professor Stuart Wark (School of Rural Medicine) examines how to deliver better health services for people with an intellectual disability.
Tuesday night explores our Our planet: From flowers to fossils. Palaeontologist Dr Marissa Betts will reveal the secrets of the first complex animals hidden in ancient South Australian rocks, and reconstruct the Cambrian world of 485 million years ago. Ecologist Dr Manu Saunders will explain how ecosystems keep us alive, and how humans can sustain these ecosystems in our fast-changing world.
Pint of Science concludes on Wednesday night with Fields of Technology: From farming to footy. On offer is a behind-the-scenes look at how technology has transformed precision agriculture, as well as modern elite sporting teams.
Agricultural scientist Dr Angelica Suarez Cadavid will talk about using remote sensing to predict crop growth, and Matt Pine (UNE Sports Academy) will investigate how sports science teams improve performance, reduce injury, and gain an advantage over the competition.
Pint of Science began in the United Kingdom in 2013, and has grown to 24 countries. It offers the public opportunity to out find how the science of today will affect lives tomorrow.
Tickets are $6, and sell out quickly. For full program details and ticket sales, visit https://pintofscience.com.au/events/armidale.