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Pint of Science Festival 2017

Pint of Science Festival was held on the 15th, 16th and 17th May 2017 at FabCafe Bangkok

The first ever Pint of Science event to be held in Asia was a success!

Video from this years event, with interviews from speakers and members of the audience.

We live in a bacterial world. How do doctors and scientists diagnose and combat devastating illnesses caused by these microscopic organisms? This evening will equip you with a knowledge toolbox of bacterial gossip, cutting edge diagnostics and the future of antibacterial medicine.

Applied Proteomics: A Short Story of Cake and Urine

Markus Winterberg (Head of Pharmacology Lab, MORU)

The talk will explain how to look for biomarkers for a tropical disease in urine using proteomics and mass spectrometry – using cake!

Bac Chat

Matt Robinson (Molecular Microbiologist, LOMWRU)

To find the best (and worst) things in life we use our senses to see, feel, smell, taste and hear, and we'll tell our friends about it. But how do bacterial pathogens find the best places? How do they tell their mates? We will delve deep into the bacteria to find out how they sense and respond to their environments, and see how we can use this to investigate and treat human infections.

Antibiotic Footprint in Thailand


Direk Limmathurotsakul (Assistant Professor, MORU)


ยาปฏิชีวนะในประเทศไทย แสนล้านบาท ใครกินไปเท่าไหร่บ้าง หมูกินยาปฏิชีวนะ ไก่กินยาปฏิชีวนะ คนกินหมูกินไก่ เกิดอะไรขึ้นได้บ้าง ไปหาหมอ ขอยาปฏิชีวนะหมอไหม ทำไมหมอต้องให้ และทำไมหมอต้องไม่ให้ เรามาตามรอยของยาปฏิชีวนะด้วยกัน

From disease-causing bugs to humankind itself, evolution is the steamtrain of life! Uncovering the secrets behind how bacteria and humans have evolved enables scientists to improve our day to day lives. Join us as we explore the early human art scene, learn how diseases can spread through a population, and find out how evolution takes place

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Elephants: The unseen cave paintings of Southeast Asia

Noel Hidalgo Tan (SEAMEO SPAFA)


Step into the world of rock art - filled with carvings of gods, cave paintings and reminders of humankind's long interaction with the landscape. Like the landscapes of Australia and South Africa, Southeast Asia is home to hundreds of rock art sites even as most of them are unknown or inaccessible. What have archaeologists learned about the past through these ancient images?!

Time Machines and the Modelling Game

Wirichada Pan-ngum (Pongtavornpinyo) and Lisa White (MORU)


Imagine there’s disease outbreak coming and you could play out every scenario before it happens. Understand how a disease epidemic occurs and spreads. Think about how to control or prevent it. You can do it with a balls and hoops game you can play yourselves.

Evolution Director


Narupat Hongdilokkul (Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University)

Life is merely a complex chemical system that tries to sustain itself. The ability to sufficiently convert chemical compounds to the others is a foundation of life. Enzymes are molecular machineries that enable these chemical conversions in all living systems. The sophisticated mechanisms of enzymes are the product of millions of years of evolution. We can accelerate and direct this process in laboratories to tailor the properties of enzymes. I will discuss how we can harness the power of evolution to engineer enzymes with unprecedented activities.

From the early pharaohs to modern day Bangkok, diseases have been a relentless scourge to human life. On our final evening you will gain an exclusive insight of how modern science is eliminating diseases by breaking with old habits, preventing parasite sex and personalise cancer treatment.

Precision Medicine in Cancer: How to make your gene talk

Jittiporn Chaisaingmongkol (Researcher, Chulaborn Research Institute)

In 2015 President Obama announced the start of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Since then “Precision Medicine” has become a buzz word in many science and pop-science articles alike. What ‘precisely’ is precision medicine? And how can we use this knowledge in curing cancer?

Leprosy: Discovered by a Norwegian, still causing problems today

Bipin Adhikari (D.Phil Student, MORU)

Leprosy is a chronic disabling condition caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. Leprosy has been seen as a symbol of stigmatization across various cultures. The commonality amongst all culture is the stigma associated with the leprosy.

The sex lives of malaria parasites

Andrea Ruecker (Post Doc, MORU)

Half the world’s population lives at constant risk of becoming sick with malaria, yet the only route to infection is the bite of a mosquito. Why is the malaria parasite so successful?

Together we will explore the sex life of male and female malaria parasites and understand what makes the biology of their sexual reproduction so effective.

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