A Dram of Science

Science is for everyone – and it’s never too late to learn something new.  This Saturday, Open Science comes to Glasgow Science Festival, offering pub goers the chance to dip their toe into the world of science. Discover how bubbles in a glass of beer have influenced particle physics and detection of molecules in space. Or how biologists have uncovered a range of species that enjoy a tipple too! Dr Dominic McCafferty tells us more.


Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Dominic McCafferty, Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. I teach on a number of programmes in the Centre for Open Studies and Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine. My main research interest is the thermal biology of cold adaptation in animals.

What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

I am keen to promote opportunities for lifelong learning for adults through the Centre for Open Studies. We run a wide range of courses in biology, earth sciences, physics and astronomy in evenings and weekends.

These courses provide great opportunities for studying part-time, undertaking practical field-courses or in future preparation for University study.

We will be running Open Science: a taster session on Sat 7 June at Dram, Woodlands Road: 16:30-17:30.

With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, Glasgow is gearing up to welcome the world. What’s your top tip for visitors?

There’s no such thing as bad weather… just the wrong clothing

Favourite Scottish food and drink?

Campbeltown Cheddar Cheese and a pint of Trade Winds Real Ale (Aviemore Brewery)

Impress us with your favourite science fact. Or joke.

Emperor penguins experience one of the most severe environments on Earth. It is the only species of bird breeding during the Antarctic winter, where air temperature may reach as low as -40 deg C and wind speed as high as 40 m/s.

Join Dominic in the DRAM! this Saturday 7th June from 16:30-17:30. Book your free ticket online


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