Science Pub at the National History Museum

On September 28, 2018, the Natural History Museum in London organized the annual European Researchers’ Night. This year the theme was “Planet 2.0“. In this event Mattias represented qBionano at the Science Pub. Read more below and see photos from the night.

Join over 200 scientists and find out how their research will transform our relationship with the Earth, and move us to Planet 2.0, where both people and planet thrive.

Humans have had an undeniable impact on Earth, and the population continues to grow. Explore some of the biggest challenges facing our planet today, from species diversity and food security to mineral extraction and disease prevention.

Part of European Researchers’ Night, our annual festival of science is free and offers you the chance to chat to our scientists and uncover cutting-edge research.

What will Planet 2.0 mean to you?

Join scientists from across Europe for a drink in our EU pub. Mull over a menu of thought-provoking questions, or ask your own, and discover how collaborative scientific research is shaping the future.

(From the Natural History Museum webpage)

The event was advertised on large banners outside the National History Museum, and the Science Pub was set-up in the central cafe in Hintze Hall, where a blue whale skeleton is suspended from the ceiling.

Outside the National History Museum and inside Hintze Hall.

The invited scientists sat down at tables arrange throughout the cafe and the general public was invited to join in and discuss questions and topics related to the overall theme “Planet 2.0”. To facilitate this, the Science Pub had a “pub menu” with suggested conversation topics and questions.

The Science Pub area at the National History Museum during European Researchers’ Night 2018. Members from the general public were invited to join invited scientists for informal conversations around a menu of thought-provoking questions.

Shortly after opening, lively conversations had sparked up throughout the Science Pub area over drinks, which went on for several hours until the Science Pub wrapped up around 9.30 pm.

“It was great interacting with many interested people from so diverse backgrounds”, Mattias said of the event. “It’s encouraging to see the genuine interest that exists around these challenging topics, as it is only together that we can find the right solutions.”

The European Researchers’ Night is made possible with funding from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions through the European Commission. More photos and stories are available through social media via #EuropeanResearchersNight and #MSCAnight.