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City participates in Pint of Science festival

Academics from the Department of Psychology, Cass Business School, and the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering took part

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

Academics from across City University London have taken part in the Pint of Science festival for the first time.

Involving academics from the Department of Psychology, Cass Business School, and the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, talks discussed subjects as diverse as ‘Getting it wrong: are the mind’s illusions clues?’ by Professor Peter Ayton (Associate Dean Research & Deputy Dean Social Sciences) to ‘The “magic” of money: Welcome to the story of finance’ by Dr Tom van Laer (Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Cass Business School).

Aiming to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public, the Pint of Science festival was established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012 and has since grown to be the world’s biggest scientific event. The platform also allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out and no prior knowledge of the subject is required.

For the 2016 edition, Alex Galvez-Pol and Albert Barqué-Duran, two PhD students from the Department of Psychology, organised three evenings from the 23rd to 25th May in which cognitive science topics including perception, decision-making and memory were presented in a fun, engaging and approachable way.

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As well as giving talks on ‘Does Humanity Want Robots Making Moral Decisions?’ (Albert Barqué-Duran) and ‘Do we need a body? Let’s talk about neurons’ (Alex Galvez-Pol), on the last day of the festival Albert and Alex also exhibited their own artworks. Titled ‘Creative Reactions, “when Art meets Science”’, scientists and artist such as Albert and Alex worked throughout the project to break the boundaries between both fields, conveying complex scientific concepts into artwork. In particular their works reflected on the concepts of creativity in artificial intelligence and evolution.

Basket of CPUs

Speaking about the festival, Alex Galvez-Pol said: “Bringing Pint of Science to City has been great. As well as being a speaker, participating in the last day event of the festival as both an artist and scientist was a very unique experience. Thank you to all supporters, main organizers, and attendants."

Albert Barqué-Duran said: "Organising the events and being one of the speakers for Pint of Science was an extraordinary experience. The audience was really charming and I was truly impressed by some of their questions. We’re already looking forward to next year’s edition.”

Read more about all the talks from City academics

Image credit: ‘Repetition Evolves’ (Photography) by Alex Galvez-Pol and ‘Basket of CPUs’ (Oil Painting) by Albert Barqué-Duran

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