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For hundreds of years pubs have been important community centres. A place to share news and gossip, to meet new people and old friends, and find fun things to do. Despite the impact of drink driving laws and pokies, hotels continue to be a social centre for the community.

Science in the Pub is all about bringing scientists and the wider community together. It aims to promote understanding and enthusiasm for science, technology, education, and mathematics. As the name suggests, it's all about creating an informal connection and having fun (and maybe a beer or two).

Held monthly at the Rob Roy Hotel in Adelaide, Science in the Pub is a forum rather than a talk. Each month a couple of panellists with expertise in a topic are chosen - particularly people with an engaging manner who are able to communicate without jargon and excessive technical terms. Each panellist gives a short ten minute presentation on the topic, then a moderator fields questions from the audience.

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The Rob Roy Hotel in Adelaide 1927 (Image: State Library SA B4173)

A key element to Science in the Pub is the need to keep discussions evidence based, rather than subjective opinions. The discussion often continues informally after the panellists have finished taking part in the question and answer session. While "rules" are listed on the website, they essentially boil down to saying "have fun, and be nice to one another".

Previous meetings of Science in the Pub covered an eclectic and topical range of fields: the science of food, underground science, the truth about vaccines, losing sleep, and cosmology have all been covered. The planned program for the coming year is equally random yet relevant.

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Fun Things to Do - a Recent Science in the Pub at the Rob Roy Hotel (Image: Science in the Pub)

All these free events take place at the Rob Roy Hotel in Adelaide, but please book in advance using the link on the Science in the Pub website. As not all speakers have been decided yet, there may be a little variation in the treatment of topics.

April 1 - The Future: Time and its Consequences with panellists Dr. Alice Gorman, Dr.Kristin Alford, and Professor Julian Meyrick. This month Science in the Pub departs a little from the traditional format of science, technology, engineering, and maths to acknowledge the affair art and science has been having for quite some time. The expert panellists will explore this interface and take us on a fascinating journey into the future, where we might just find that science and art are not quite the polar opposites they may first appear.

May 6 - Coprology: What Has Poo Got to do With it?
A look at recent advances in tackling chronic stomach and gut illnesses. This month may also incorporate some next generation metabarcoding studies that use poo as a diagnostic tool for ecosystem health.

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June 3 - Geoscience; Rocking Radelaide
This meeting at the Rob Roy Hotel will look at the prevalence of earthquakes in the Adelaide geosyncline, new advances in exploration and the Geological Survey of South Australia

July 1 - The Science of Weather
It's planned that this month will focus on meteorology with Bureau of Meteorology representation. It may also look at the current science regarding past trends and future predictions of climate in a temperate Mediterranean system like our own.

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August 5 - The Science of Wine
Our economy is geared with wine as a major contributor and it's planned to look at the process of making wine and how production will meet demand in the future. This month should be popular: a previous event about the science of beer went down as well as a yard of beer in Bob Hawke's hands.
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Why? Find fun things to do in the pub - at the Rob Roy Hotel
When: 6pm
Where: The Rob Roy Hotel, 106 Halifax Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: Free
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