Bugs in the Pub

Some of the best chats happen in the pub! So why not throw some science into the mix? ‘Bugs in the Pub’ will give pub-goers the chance to hear some fascinating research over a pint with friends. Dr Connor Bamford is the lead organiser.


1. Who are you and what do you do?

Connor Bamford: I am a postdoc researcher at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) out at the Garscube campus. My research focuses on understanding how our immune systems defend us against virus infection.


 2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

I believe that it is our duty to communicate research and engage with the public and the GSF is an ideal opportunity to do this. I ran an event last year (microTALKs), which was a success, and I wanted to repeat it in 2016. To do this we are running a ‘pint of science’ style event exploring the role of structure, architecture and innovation in virus infection. Basically I think that evolution is the greatest innovator and that we can observe evolution by looking at viruses and the animals they infect.

3. 2016 is Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. What innovation could you not live without?

If it wasn’t for antibiotics we would probably all not survive very long.

4. It’s Glasgow Science Festival’s 10thbirthday! We’ll be celebrating with some science-themed cake and balloons. What’s your birthday treat of choice?

Pizza – it’s always pizza.

5. And finally: impress us with your favourite science fact or joke.

Every living thing on the planet gets infected by viruses, even viruses do!

Join Connor and friends in The Admiral Bar, Waterloo Street on Thursday 16 June from 19:00-21:00. The event is free but ticketed – book online.


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