What do we know?
- Although science festivals tend to be geared toward children and families, many science festivals have begun including demonstrations and activities for adults (e.g., beer tastings, the science of gaming, etc.).
- Pint of Science is one of the largest international science festivals in the world. Pint of Science Thailand was coordinated for the first time in 2017; in the following year, the event included eighteen talks over six event-days.
- Much of what we know about motivations for attending science festivals comes from parents and children attending family-oriented events. Consequently, the motivations among adults who attend adult-oriented science festival events is ripe for exploration.
- Pint of Science Thailand attendees reported attending an event because they were interested in science (68%), to learn something new (46%), and to enjoy themselves (45%). These findings align with other studies of attendee motivations for attending family-oriented science festival events.
- Speakers perceived benefits to attending Pint of Science Events as well, including improved communication skills, networking opportunities, and opportunities for public engagement with science.
How do we know?
Pint of Science events were evaluated using paper questionnaires (n=125), semi-structured interviews (n=11), and one focus group (n=3). The questionnaire included attitudinal and knowledge measures, including motivation for attending and perceived benefits of attendance, as well as demographic items. Qualitative data collections focused on entertainment value of the Pint of Science Thailand events, general benefits or participation, and recommendations for improvements of future events.
Where do we go to learn more?
Bipin Adhikari, Phyu Hnin Hlaing, Matthew T. Robinson, Andrea Ruecker, Noel Hidalgo Tan, Nattapat Jatupornpimol, Rita Chanviriyavuth, & Phaik Yeong Cheah. 2019. Evaluation of the Pint of Science festival in Thailand. PLoS ONE, 14(7): e0219983. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0219983