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October PubSci: Designer Drugs 101

On Tuesday 23rd October we will have Dr James Moffatt discussing the pharmacology of recreational drugs and the chemistry behind what has made successful or unsuccessful drugs in recent history.

4-MMC 3D Molecule

We’ll look at the recent designer drug business model and consider the process of designing the type of drug we could synthesise and market, what the competition have to offer, and how it works within the law.

Finally, we’ll consider ways to prevent people from being exploited or harmed by such “designer drugs”.

If we ever came up with the perfect recreational drug, should we legalise it? Can you make a safe recreational drug, or are health risks unavoidable?

Join us for this fascinating insight into the science and legalities of designer drugs in the usual place at the usual time – Brixton Ritzy Upstairs Bar from 18:45ish for food, drink and a chat, for an 19:45ish start.

As usual the event is free!

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*NEW DATE* July PubSci: Terrible Table Manners

Dave Hone will now be talking on the 24th July – apologies for any inconvenience caused.

PubSci update for June

This summer is shaping up to be governed by chaos and confusion. Between plans to add some new floor Upstairs at the Ritzy, European Cup football clashing with our PubSci date in June and the lumbering approach of a soulless reincarnated corporate monster originally spawned on the slopes of Mount Olympus that seems hell-bent on destroying London, the PubSci organisers have reached meltdown. As a result, the June PubSci has been put on hold.

But never fear! There are plenty of other interesting things to do that involve science and beer during June – check out the Londonist’s Week in Geek for starters. In case you want your monthly dose of rambling waffle from PubSci’s regular compère Paolo you can catch him talking about mermaids for the London Fortean Society on Thursday 31st May or you can attend the awesome science/theatre fusion event at the Enlightenment Cafe at some point over the Jubilee weekend.

Also, remember that there is the Hackney Skeptics in the Pub on June 25th with the next generation’s most promising skeptical mind and Randi Award winning grass-roots activist, Rhys Morgan.

We will hopefully be back Upstairs at the Ritzy in July (depending on the floor) with more science, beer and discussion. Enjoy the weather!

We are going to need a bigger post…….

On the 23rd  of this month we are going to be delving into the worst that mother nature can deliver, a talk not for he faint of heart!

January PubSci: Social

From 7pm on Tuesday 10th January we will be having a gentle start to the New Year, Upstairs at the Brixton Ritzy.

We will probably be talking about the science and science-related stories of 2011, exploring some of the possible science stories of 2012 and collecting your thoughts on what PubSci could do during this year.

If that gets boring we might also hunt down some science related videos on Youtube and if you’re really lucky we might show you some exclusive footage of an experiment to see what happens if you inject a clam’s gonads with serotonin.

So, why not join us for an informal chat about the science over a glass of something nice?