The Pint of Science festival provides a platform for local scientists to talk about their work to the public and took place around pubs in Cambridge between the 23rd and 25th of May 2016. The idea was born by research scientists in 2012 and has become a global phenomenon, with the aim to provide an unintimidating and informal atmosphere for the public to engage with cutting edge science.
At this year’s festival in Cambridge, scientists were paired up with local artists, who created artworks related to the subject matter of the talks. Prof. Kaminski gave a talk entitled “Watching the machinery of life at high resolution” and presented images of brain cells caught in the act of fighting toxic protein species that cause diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The latter provided the topic for artist Tony White, who produced a series of prints encapsulating the cellular processes occurring in Alzheimer’s disease, the subject of much of the research going on in the Laser Analytics Group.