A global initiative of academics holding court in pubs and bars is returning to Auckland this year in remote form, Newshub reports. The event known as Raising the Bar – a New York-born initiative that sees academics presenting their latest research to the public in the convivial setting of their local – is going back online to safely reach bigger crowds. Six speakers from the University of Auckland will give talks over six weeks, covering a range of fields such as genetics, neuroscience, marketing and the future of democracy.