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Scientists and researchers from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) are taking their work down the pub as part of the Pint of Science festival.    

The annual event takes place in nearly 400 cities around the world, with topics from climate change to politics being discussed over drinks in a bid to make science more accessible to the public.

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Tonight DMU PhD student Dennis McCall Jr will be at Brewdog Leicester talking about his work to look at ways people can balance the damaging environmental impacts of air travel. He uses the example of Barbados, which welcomes more than a million tourists every year, most of whom arrive by air.

Then on Wednesday Professor Raffaella Villa, Professor in Biochemical Engineering, will be explaining her work into fatbergs – hard deposits of oil and grease which form in sewers.

Fatbergs are responsible for 70% of sewer overflows in the UK, posing a risk to public health and the environment. Removing them costs £18million in London alone.

Professor Villa’s work will explore how they form and measures that can be taken to avoid them or deal more effectively with waste oil and grease.

Pint of Science is taking place in Brewdog, Manhattan 34 and O’Neills, Leicester. Doors open at 6pm and the events run from 7pm to 9pm, with a host of different speakers.

Tickets are £5 and can be bought on the door or via Eventbrite.

 

Posted on Tuesday 10th May 2022

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