Fancy a Pint – of Science? Return of Festival Brings Accessible Learning to Lincoln’s Locals

 posted by | 10/05/2024

A group of 18 researchers from the University of Lincoln, UK, will share their scientific discoveries in venues across Lincoln, with the return of the global science festival, Pint of Science.

The three-day annual celebration of science will take place between 13 and 15 May, and scientists from the University will discuss a range of thought-provoking topics from ghost stories to Lincoln’s famous swan population, and the science behind gambling.

Kay Ritchie, Associate Professor in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Lincoln and Lincoln Pint of Science lead, said: “We’re really excited to bring Pint of Science back to Lincoln for our fourth year in our local venues. We’re looking forward to showcasing some University of Lincoln research in a fun and interactive way. With nine events across three nights, there’s something for everyone.”

Professor at the University of Lincoln, Amanda Roberts, will give a unique insight into gambling addition, at one of Monday night’s events, “Mind Control”. Commenting on her upcoming talk, Amanda said: “As addiction develops, the brain changes in response to ‘highs’ and develops ‘cravings’. Research has shown that people who experience gambling addiction share similar alterations in the brain as people with drug addiction.

“When hooked, a physical withdrawal occurs when individuals attempt to stop gambling. My talk will look at what happens in the brain when someone gambles and explore what it is about gambling games that make them so attractive.”

In addition to the series of evening talks, members of the public will also have the unique opportunity to see original works of art inspired by the researchers’ talks, blending art and science at the exhibition, Creative Reactions, displayed at Lincoln Cathedral’s Chapter House between 5 and 16 May 2024.

More details and tickets are available online: