Pint of Science brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to share their latest research and findings with you. You don't need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them). The festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May simultaneously in over 400 cities across the world. Pint of Science Switzerland is a not-for-profit association run by volunteers scientists and science enthusiasts.
In 2012 Dr Michael Motskin and Dr Praveen Paul were two research scientists at Imperial College London. They started and organised an event called ‘Meet the Researchers’. It brought people affected by Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis into their labs to show them the kind of research they do. It was inspirational for both visitors and researchers. They thought if people want to come into labs to meet scientists, why not bring the scientists out to the people? And so Pint of Science was born. In May 2013 they held the first Pint of Science festival in just three UK cities. It quickly took off around the world and now happens in nearly 400 cities.
Pint of Science Switzerland was initially set up in 2014 and after a break was restarted in 2018. Today, the Pint of Science festival is a major volunteer-led, non-profit, grassroots event that is organized all over the world.
Locations and topics
A full list of Pint of Science cities and countries can be found on our locations page. Our events broadly fall into the following topics:
- Beautiful Mind - neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry
- Atoms to Galaxies - physics, chemistry, maths, astronomy
- Our Body - medicine, human biology, health
- Planet Earth - geosciences, plant sciences, zoology
- Tech Me Out - biotechnology, robotics, computers
- Our Society - law, history, politics, policy, languages