TAMWORTH has got the taste for science and local academics are hoping to serve up more regular feasts for the public.
Organisers from the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health were very happy with the Tamworth turnout for the first night of the Pint of Science event at Wests Leagues Club on Tuesday night.
Tamworth based dietetics lecturer Emma Bohringer said more than 80 people attended the event last night which delved into research around sleeping and eating.
The second leg of the event tonight will shift focus to animal and pet health.
Dr Yolanda Surjan from the University of Newcastle will be talking on cancer treatments for humans which have been translated to animals.
The CSIRO’s Dr Peter Hunt will speak about the ever-changing implications of parasites in animal health.
Ms Bohringer said there are still tickets available online and at the door for tonight’s event.
“This event is aimed at the public, so you don’t have to be a scientist to come along,” Ms Bohringer said.
The lecturer told The Leader local academics have been “encouraged by the interest the public has shown in science”.
While it is early days, Ms Bohringer the interest did present a great opportunity for the department of rural health to host similar events down the track to boost local interest in health and science.
“We already do a lot for high school students, bringing them through the labs and showing them equipment,” she said.
“We could look at whether there are other age groups that would be interested.”
The feedback received from the first leg of Tamworth’s Pint of Science found the region were particularly interested in getting more informed on health research, Ms Bohringer said.
She said resources, mining and agriculture were other fields attendees were interested in.
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