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Pub banter will be replaced with a myopia discussion in Birmingham next week as part of a festival that brings science to pubs


It’s beer glasses, but not as you know it.

Optometry will be up for discussion at a pub in Birmingham next week as part of a worldwide festival that brings science to pubs.

Pint of Science, which runs from 15–17 May, will involve experts sharing their research at pubs in 26 cities across the UK. Ale and academia will also merge in 10 other nations outside the UK, from Brazil to Australia.

Aston University visiting lecturer and postgraduate researcher, Dr Ian Beasley, will deliver his presentation Death, taxes and myopia at The Church in Birmingham on 16 May between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

His presentation will examine the increasingly high rates of myopia among populations globally and explore why it is “essential to slow down the runaway myopia train.”

Dr Joseph Bush, a senior lecturer in pharmacy practice at Aston University, will also speak at the event, delving into the reasons for medication non-adherence.

Dr Beasley, who is OT’s clinical editor and the AOP’s head of education, highlighted that the Pint of Science festival was a unique opportunity.

“It helps to inform the wider public about exciting research developments on topics that are translatable to everyday life,” he emphasised.

The cost of admission to the event is £4. A full Pint of Science schedule can be found on the website.