A POPULAR extravaganza of science is returning to Southampton this week.

‘Pint of Science’ will see more than 40 academic experts discuss the subject at five public venues in the city over three nights, starting today.

The academics are joined by some invited guest presenters, who aim to bring their research to life through unique talks, demonstrations and close-up experiments.

It’s being hosted by the University of Southampton and will run until May 16.

The events are taking place in the Mettricks, in Guildhall Place, Stein Garten, in High Street, Mango Thaid Tapas in Ocean Village, The Slug and Lettuce, in Above Bar Street, and The Talking Heads in The Polygon.

Topics set to be talked about include how robots can beat humans at fantasy football and how bubbles and drugs are used to treat fractures.

Others included a Journey Through Galaxies and The Future of Medicine - Stem Cells.

Event spokeswoman Sophie Arthur, a PhD researcher in embryonic stem cell metabolism at Southampton University of Southampton and Communications Co-ordinator for the Southampton events, said: “The whole programme is about engaging people in scientific research in a relaxed atmosphere where they learn and be entertained at the same time.

“Southampton’s Pint of Science has built up quite a following over the last few years with tickets going quickly at some venues so we would encourage anyone who is thinking about joining us to go online and book early.

“The talks and other aspects of each event are aimed at audiences with no scientific knowledge so come and join us and meet the real people behind the incredible research going on at the University of Southampton.”

Alongside the main talks, each evening will also include a range of fun, science-related activities such as live experiments, science comedy, fun quizzes, brain teaser tests and other interactive games. Tickets are priced at £4 per night at each venue.

To book visit pintofscience.co.uk/events/southampton.