Nick Inglis hopes the informal Pint of Beer setting will help make science less intimidating to non-scientists.

Langley scientists share insights with public over a pint of beer

Two Langley events add beer to augment friendly discussion of science

Scientists and researchers from Langley and across 24 countries will be sharing their discoveries with the general public over a pint of beer at their local watering holes, including the KPU Brewery.

Pint of Science is an international event that brings together scientists who want to share their work with people who want to learn and ask questions in a casual, fun atmosphere.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Faculty of Science and Horticulture will be hosting two Pint of Science events in Langley.

The events feature KPU scientists chatting about a range of topics pertaining to the human body.

On May 21 at Trading Post Brewing in Langley, KPU biology instructor Mika Mokkonen will tackle the reason and history of why humans get sick, while physics instructor Micheal Harder chats about the progress of nanoscale magnetic devices.

On May 22 at the KPU Brewery at KPU Langley, biology instructor Nick Inglis will discuss the relationship between cilia and human health, and KPU chemistry instructor Isaac Seo will be discussing if genetic engineering and GMO’s can cure malaria.

“Science can be intimidating and perceived as inaccessible by some,” said Inglis. “Informal events like this break down these barriers and demonstrate to non-scientists that they are capable of understanding challenging scientific concepts.

“The public can see, first-hand, some of the tremendous scientific work that is taking place in their own communities,” he said.

There will also be trivia games, prizes, and time for questions and answers.

This is the fourth year that Pint of Science events have been organized in Canada.

Pint of Science is a non-profit organization which started in the UK in 2013 and quickly took off around the world.

In 2018, 270 cities worldwide organized Pint of Science events and attracted more than 120,000 attendees.

The Langley Pint of Science events are open to adults, 19 years and over. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own food and beverages.

Both events are free to attend but guests must pre-register. Full details and registration are at kpu-pint.eventbrite.ca.

The KPU Brewing Diploma is the only program of its kind in BC and the first and only Canadian institution recognized by the Master Brewers Association of the Americas for a standard of excellence in brewing education. For more information on the program, visit kpu.ca/brew.

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