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Cambridge academics to share latest research at Pint of Science festival

Cambridge academics to share latest research at Pint of Science festival

Academics from the Department of Engineering will discuss their research findings in pubs across Cambridge next week as part of the popular Pint of Science festival.

Pint of Science brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings. 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).

Pint of Science festival organisers

Discussions will be held on everything from the future of energy and transportation to artificial intelligence and climate change. The festival, which takes place on May 15-17, will be held in cities across the UK and around the world.

This year’s line-up includes Dr Hugh Hunt, Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration, on whether it is possible to engineer the climate and cool the planet in the event that we fail to meet CO2 emissions targets. Dr Hunt will be speaking at the Panton Arms on Monday May 15.

Julian Allwood, Professor of Engineering and the Environment, will consider how we can go about developing policies that will mitigate the risk associated with climate change. Professor Allwood will be speaking at The Boathouse on Tuesday May 16.

David Cebon, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will discuss the ways in which the road freight system can be made more sustainable. Professor Cebon will be speaking at The Architect on Tuesday May 16 and will be joined by Tim Hillel, research student in the Department of Engineering. Tim will demonstrate how we can use new data sources, such as online journey planners and live transport feeds to improve our understanding of passenger behaviour.

Dr Fumiya Iida, Lecturer in Mechatronics, will explain how biology can provide the tools and inspiration for creating practical robotic applications and how the concept of evolution can be used to create autonomous robots. Dr Iida will be speaking at The Castle Bar on Wednesday May 17.

Dr Jenni Sidey, Lecturer in Internal Combustion Engines, will discuss what it means to be a combustion scientist. She will also describe her experience of being put through her paces as one of the final candidates for the Canadian Space Agency's 2016/17 Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. Dr Sidey will be speaking at The Maypole on Wednesday May 17.

Pint of Science festival organisers said on their website: "Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss 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)."

To find out more or for the full list of Cambridge-based events visit https://pintofscience.co.uk

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