About Pint of Science

The Pint of Science festival 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). The festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May simultaneously in nearly 300 cities in 21 different countries 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’ which 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 which featured some of the biggest names in their fields to explain their ground-breaking work to lovers of science and beer. It was a phenomenal success of course!

Today, the Pint of Science festival is a major volunteer-led, non-profit, grassroots event that is organized all over the world. In 2019, Pint of science will take place in pubs, bars and cafés in over 24 countries and 300 cities in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Africa. This year Switzerland will be participating for the first time, with events in Lausanne, Zurich and Bern.


Our next Pint of Science festival will take place in 20, 21, 22 May 2019 across four cities: Bern, Zürich, Basel and Lausanne. Exact locations to be confirmed.


The events will 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, evolution

  • Tech Me Out - biotechnology, robotics, computers

  • Our Society - law, history, politics, policy, languages

  • Creative Reactions - art and science come together

Check your nearest city to find a your favourite topic!

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