On 16th and 17th May, CitiGen members Hannes Schroeder, Sarah Abel and Dan Bradley gave public talks as part of this year’s Pint of Science festival in Cambridge, UK. 

On Tuesday night, Hannes and Sarah gave a joint talk on the science and social uses of DNA ancestry tests, and on Wednesday Dan presented on the topic of ancient DNA and migratory origins in the British Isles. Each talk was accompanied by a presentation by a local artist: Kelcy Davenport created a sound installation based on Hannes’ and Sarah’s talk, in which she traced the longest ancient human migration out of Africa (from modern-day South Africa to South America) using samples of indigenous music from throughout the route; and Garence Monfort designed a series of phosphorescent black and white etchings that visually depicted several of the themes outlined in Dan’s presentation.

Pint of Science is an international festival that takes place over three days each year in May, and is held in over 150 cities worldwide. This year, the CitiGen network chose to sponsor the Creative Reactions event at Pint of Science, Cambridge, in which each of the artists assigned to the different scientists throughout the festival displayed their work to the public for two nights at St. Paul’s Church.