PubhD Bristol’s first event: 1 June 2016

Another city gets to host a PubhD event: PubhD Bristol launches with their first event on Wednesday 1 June 2016. It will take place at The Robin Hood pub on St Michael’s Hill.

PubhD Bristol is being organised by Travis Bacon and Arne Scott.

At each PubhD event, three researchers from any subject area explain their work to an audience in a pub in exchange for a drink or two. The talks are at a “pub level” – the idea is that you don’t have to be an academic to understand the talks.

The first line up is:

  • Pam Lock: PhD student at the University of Bristol: “Drinking & Drunkenness in Victorian Fiction”.
  • Helena Quilter, PhD student in Sustainable Plastics at the University of Bath: “Pining for Plastics”.
  • Jake Barber, MRes Health Sciences at the University of Bristol: “Little Pricks: Improving the Efficiency of Nanospikes Against Bacteria”.

More information can be found at their Facebook group, their website or on Twitter.

Full details about the first event can be found here.

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Next week: PubhD Liverpool’s first event

We’re writing quite a few posts like this at the moment.

So far in 2016, four PubhDs have started up: Norwich, BirminghamPubhD UMinho and Newcastle.

Now it’s Liverpool’s turn to get a shiny new PubhD.

It’s being started up by Kat Ford and their first event is on Thursday 10 March 2016, at The Vines pub.

At each PubhD event, three researchers from any subject area explain their work to an audience in a pub in exchange for a drink or two. The talks are at a “pub level” – the idea is that you don’t have to be an academic to understand the talks.

The first three speakers at PubhD Liverpool are:

  • Benjamin Mummery (Astrophysics)
  • Sophie Irwin (Cell Biology)
  • Martin Grunnill (Epidemiology)

More information can be found at the PubhD Liverpool Facebook group, or you can follow their Twitter account, @PubhD_Liverpool.

Full details about the first event can be found here.

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Starting this month: PubhD Newcastle

Last month we saw Norwich, Birmingham and PubhD UMinho host their first events. On 25 February 2016, PubhD Newcastle hosts their first event.

PubhD Newcastle's first event

PubhD Newcastle’s first event

At each PubhD event, three researchers from any subject area explain their work to an audience in a pub in exchange for a drink or two. The talks are at a “pub level” – the idea is that you don’t have to be an academic to understand the talks.

For Newcastle’s first event, the research topics are:

  • Should adolescent children should have their own distinct set of rights? – Tracy Kirk
  • Entrepreneurship, Education, Learning and Threshold Concepts – Lucy Hatt
  • The provision of free legal advice within communities and where there are gaps in provision following cuts to legal aid and changes to the legal system due to government austerity measures – Chris Simmonds

PubhD Newcastle is being run by by Elaine Campbell, a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria Law School, and Rebecca Prescott who is currently undertaking her doctoral research in urban regeneration and artistic place-making.

More information can be found at the PubhD Newcastle website, or follow their Twitter account @PubhDNewcastle.

Another PubhD starting up in Portugal: PubhD UMinho

In October 2015, PubhD Lisboa started.

Later this month, another PubhD is starting up in Portugal.

It is called PubhD UMinho (i.e. Universidade do Minho) and will run monthly across two cities in the north of Portugal: Braga and Guimarães.

At each PubhD event, three researchers from any subject area explain their work to an audience in a pub in exchange for a drink or two. The talks are at a “pub level” – the idea is that you don’t have to be an academic to understand the talks.

PubhD UMinho’s first event is in Guimarães on 28 January 2016.

PubhD UMinho's first event

PubhD UMinho’s first event

More details can be found here:

Two new PubhDs start this month! Introducing PubhD Norwich and PubhD Birmingham

Exciting times! PubhD Norwich and PubhD Birmingham have just been added to the (growing) list.

PubhD Norwich’s first event is on 26 January 2016 at The Cellar House, which is near the University of East Anglia. PubhD Norwich is being run by Victoria MacDonald and Grahame MacDonald, who conveniently own The Cellar House!

You can find details about their first speakers at http://thecellarhouse.co.uk/events/pubhd-january/

PubhD Norwich

PubhD Norwich

And on 27 January 2016, PubhD Birmingham kicks off. Their first event is at The Victoria pub, which is near New Street Station. PubhD Birmingham is being organised by Emma Dunne and Katie Oliver.

You can find details about the topics of the first event at https://www.facebook.com/events/929379420509614/

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How’s PubhD going? Very well!

I realised that this blog has not had any posts recently, so I thought I’d write something. New PubhD Logo-200x200-by Barbara Griffin

PubhD is still going strong, and is still spreading to other cities.

At Nottingham we’re fully booked to July 2016. July 2016! We can’t give concrete dates for events beyond that as we have to wait for the football fixtures to be announced in June 2016 (we don’t like to hold an event on the same day as a football match as the pub gets very busy pre-match and makes it difficult to prepare the room ahead of our event). Any speakers that want to speak in August 2016 and beyond can still contact us to leave their details and we’ll get back in touch when we have firm dates.

PubhD Nottingham - we have an average attendance of about 40. Standing room only when 60 people attend!

PubhD Nottingham – we have an average attendance of about 40. Standing room only when 60 people attend!

PubhD Leicester have their 11th event next month and is booked up into 2016. They’re full to February 2016 and have just booked a speaker for May 2016. Get in touch if you want to speak in Leicester.

Recent additions to the PubhD family include Manchester, Dublin and Brighton. Contact details can be found on this page if you’d like to attend or speak.

Karolina Badzmierowska presenting at PubhD Dublin

Karolina Badzmierowska presenting at PubhD Dublin

PubhD speakers only have access to a whiteboard - no Powerpoints allowed! (Image from PubhD Brighton)

PubhD speakers only have access to a whiteboard – no Powerpoints allowed! (Image from PubhD Brighton)

And we’ve finally broken out of the British Isles. PubhD Lisboa now exists!

Pubhd Lisboa

Pubhd Lisboa

They had their first event last week and the organiser, Sérgio Pereira, said:

The first PubhD Lisbon was a success! More than 20 people came to the event and engaged in a lively conversation. The speakers just loved it.

Want a PubhD in your city? They are easy to set up, speakers love speaking at them, and the audience loves hearing about the research happening on their doorstep. Get in touch – we can answer your questions, provide some tips and advice and and hopefully help you get going.

Introducing PubhD Leicester!

PubhD is a monthly event that showcases local research to the public. It has a very New PubhD Logo-200x200-by Barbara Griffin
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and is popular with both punters and speakers.

Leicester Skeptics In The Pub hosted the very first PubhD Leicester event as a one off. One of the speakers at that event, Katie Dexter, loved the experience so much that she’s decided to make PubhD Leicester a regular thing.

Katie has created a website and a Twitter account and is now looking for volunteers to speak.

If you are a PhD* student (in any academic area) and are interested in explaining your work to a friendly audience in a pub in exchange for a pint or two, please get in touch. The next event is on 26 February and PubhD Leicester plans to run monthly after that.

*Or a EngD, or a EdD, or have already completed your PhD, or a post-doc (basically, want to talk abut any research that you’ve been involved in!).

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