About us

Pint of Science Australia delivers science engagement, primarily through a national festival, that builds the Australian public's appreciation of science, contributes positively to combat inequity and negative stereotypes within the Australia science sector, establishes and supports cross-discipline collaborations, and celebrates and champions excellence in the Australian science and science engagement sectors.

Our events include interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research that's accessible to all.

The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May as part of the broader international festival: a fantastic celebration of science that reaches all across the globe.

We group our events into six main categories that cover the broad scope of what we call science:

Atoms to Galaxies: physics, chemistry, maths, astronomy

Beautiful Mind: neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry

Our Body: medicine, human biology, health

Our Society: law, history, politics, policy, languages

Planet Earth: geosciences, plant sciences, zoology

Tech Me Out: biotechnology, robotics, computers

Pint of Science Australia is only possible by the amazing dedication and contribution from our volunteer team. We have a crew of hundreds, all passionate science-interested volunteers who power the whole operation. You can find out more about the current year's crew by visiting the Team page.

Find an event near you by checking out our Locations.

Our future

Pint of Science in Australia has a strong future with potential for growth and expansion across the country. Attracting hundreds of volunteers and speakers each year, the festival is fast becoming a cornerstone of science engagement in Australia.

Pint of Science Australia has a strong future guided by a strategic plan that outlines the direction for the festival through to 2025. It focuses on the positive difference the festival can make in the science engagement sector within Australia, highlighting opportunities for those invested or interested in science to benefit from the festival as a training space to develop science communication skills and gain experience in event management.

Find out more about our future by reading our strategic plan.

Our history

The international festival was established in the United Kingdom by Drs Michael Motskin and Praveen Paul, inspired by a successful outreach event they ran in 2012. In May 2013 they held the first Pint of Science festival and it quickly took off around the world. See a full list of locations here.

Pint of Science reached Australian shores in 2014, landing in Sydney and rapidly spreading across the country:

  • 2014: 1 city, 6 events
  • 2015: 4 cities, 16 events
  • 2016: 7 cities, 45 events
  • 2017: 12 cities, 73 events
  • 2018: 16 cities, 88 events
  • 2019: 19 cities, 154 events

Over this time, the organisation in Australia has been guided by several national directors, all with a passion for science outreach and without whom we wouldn't have the festival as it is today.

  • 2014/15: Dr Caroline McCulley
  • 2016: Mayan Amiezer
  • 2017: Dr Marge Maallo and Dr Chloe Warran
  • 2018-present: Jirana Boontanjai and Dr Tom Carruthers

In 2019, the current Co-CEOs, Jirana Boontanjai and Dr Tom Carruthers, introduced a national team of volunteers to support the activity of local teams. These national volunteers have each dedicated countless hours of their valuable time and effort, increasing the value and effectiveness of the local volunteers', and enabling the drastic increase in national growth of the organisation.

We are indebted to all of our volunteers who have helped us over the years to grow the festival to what it is today. You can meet this year's crew on the Team page.

Legal and other stuff

Pint of Science Australia is a registered charity with the ABN: 90 110 689 353 and is registered for GST.

Tickets and products bought from us will include GST, with the exception of anything marked as a donation (which is GST exempt). You will be provided with an email that acts as a tax invoice for your records. Should you not receive your email, first check your spam filter (sometimes ISPs don't like our automated emails), and then get in touch highlighting the date and what you purchased, and we'll chase it up.

You can read our privacy policy here that outlines what we do with any data we collect on your use of our systems and services.

We will be publishing an updated code of conduct in the lead up to 2020, but you can read our guidelines and what we expect from all our speakers and volunteers here.

We also strongly advocate for diversity and accessibility and have strong guidelines for our local volunteers to follow. You can find out more about these initiatives here.