Future Events

Some dates for your calendars.

All events are at the Vat and Fiddle pub and start at 7.30 pm.

PubhD #50: Wednesday, 23 May 2018

  • Jonathan Roche (History) is a M3C funded second year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. He is researching English Catholic intelligence networks in the period c.1580-1608 and how these networks were involved in schemes against the Crown.
  • Shalaka Kurup (Human Factors) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her research revolves around expert travellers and what their behaviour can tell us about improving information provision during rail travel around the UK.
  • Maria Arruda (Drug Discovery) is a PhD pharmacologist with a passion for diplomacy and communication. Seven years ago, she accepted a voluntary exile from her beautiful Rio de Janeiro, moving to “Good Old Blighty”, leaving behind her lab on redox and heme signalling to create and manage a successful Transatlantic Programme in Drug Discovery at the University of Nottingham. She will talk us through the challenges and opportunities that surround implementing Drug Discovery capabilities in the developing world, and why working alongside low- and middle-income countries can be a suitable strategy in bridging drug discovery’s ‘valley of death’.

PubhD #51: Wednesday, 13 June 2018 – Brewing Science special

In June, researchers from six universities will be coming to Nottingham for some training at the University of Nottingham. Three attendees will speak about their research at this PubhD special.

  • Tuur Mertens (Brewing Science) is a second year PhD student at the Technical University of Berlin. He is currently researching ways to reduce the (transition) metal content during brewing, in his quest to prolong the flavor stability and shelf life of beer. The talk will be about why we don’t want these metals in beer and what we can potentially do about it.
  • Magda Costa (Brewing Technology) is a second year PhD student at Ghent University from the EJD Food Science project. She is researching an easier, faster and reliable way to monitor yeast during fermentation.
  • Maciej Ditrych (Brewing Technology). Beer – for some a trivial beverage; for others an extremely complexed flavour matrix. What are the characteristics of beer flavor? Why does the flavor profile change over time? How to preserve given flavor profiles? These are just a few of the aspects of his PhD research that Maciej carries out both at KU Leuven in Belgium and University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

PubhD #52: Wednesday, 18 July 2018

  • Michelle Strickland (Life Sciences) is a final-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham, where she is investigating the genetic and material properties of spider silk. She works with the only spider species known to spin silk underwater and has published in the Nature journal Heredity, showing that a key feature of spider silk has been maintained for 350 million years. SpiderLab: www.arachnotts.com
  • Riccardo Di Sanza (Chemistry) is a third year sustainable chemistry PhD student at the University of Nottingham. His work is on sustainable catalysis. Specifically, he works on catalytic C-H activation.
  • Louise O’Regan (Psychology) is a final year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on the functional asymmetry of the human brain. She is currently looking at how different cognitive functions are distributed between the left and right sides of the brain, and how these distribution patterns vary between left and right-handed people.

PubhD #53: Wednesday, 15 August 2018

  • Simon Tarr (Ecology) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. He’s a macroecologist investigating how competition affects the distribution of species across the planet. All forms of life compete for access to resources in order to survive and reproduce but how these competitive interactions play out across the globe are poorly understood. His talk will discuss how statistics and ‘big data’ are helping to reveal these fundamental species interactions across large geographical extents, with potentially important consequences for managing invasive species.
  • Jesal D. Sheth (Economics) is a Behavioural Economics PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham. The research question that fascinates her is: Do people infer that no news is bad news, or are they naive? Jesal further investigates mechanisms to increase disclosure of information from those who possess it..
  • Samantha Harrison (Medicine) is a first-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She is a clinical neuroscientist investigating how patterns of brain activation can predict speech understanding outcomes in infants who receive cochlear implants. Not all children receive equal benefit from their cochlear implant so it is important to know who might need extra help. This research utilises a neuroimaging technique called functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) which uses light to map blood flow in the brain.

PubhD #54: Wednesday, 19 September 2018

  • Ana C. da Silva (Microbiology) s a final-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham, where she is investigating the ecology and evolution of polymicrobial chronic wounds. She works with bacteria isolated from diabetic foot ulcers and is trying to understand why these chronic wounds do not heal and have high antimicrobial resistance.
  • Jose Pedro Pinto Vieira (Cosmology) has just completed his PhD at the University of Sussex. His research focuses on the study of the very early Universe, particularly the epoch of cosmic inflation – a period of dramatic expansion just after the “Big Bang” during which the “seeds” of all large structures we see today are thought to have been formed.
  • Speaker TBC.

PubhD #55: Wednesday, 17 October 2018

  • David Brook (Human Genetics) is a Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Nottingham. His research involves studies of faulty genes that cause myotonic dystrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy, and congenital heart disorders. His talk will focus on myotonic dystrophy and the challenges of developing a treatment for this condition.
  • Speaker TBC.
  • Speaker TBC.

PubhD #56: Wednesday, 21 November 2018 – “Trees and People” special

To mark the first national Tree Charter Day on 24 November, we’re joining in with the celebrations with a PubhD ‘trees and people’ special. It’s taken 800 years for us to acknowledge the debt we owe to trees, the rights we all have to the benefits they provide, and to establish a new accord between us and them. The Charter for Trees, Woods and People was launched in 2017, with 10 Principles designed to articulate our modern day relationship. Three speakers will give a fast overview of their tree-related PhDs which will cover just some of the huge range of connections there are between people and trees – from folklore to science, from art to the economy.

Supported by the Woodland Trust, there will also be a chance to add your name to the Tree Charter (treecharter.uk)

  • Andrew Fox (Classics/Geography) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, funded by the Midlands3Cities AHRC Consortium. His research looks at how the Roman Empire used the trees of their colonies to display the conquered world, and to incorporate and welcome the foreign territories into Rome.
  • Speaker TBC.
  • Speaker TBC.




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