Future Events

Some dates for your calendars.

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

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.
  • Marsha Smith (Social Sciences) is a Visiting Fellow at The Nottingham Trent University and a PhD candidate at CBiS (Centre for Business in Society), Coventry University. She is researching emergent group eating practices in Nottingham using co-produced action research methods. Her interests are social eating, design sociology, practice theory and asset-based community development.
  • Anya Snary (Neuroimmunology) is a second year PhD student at the University of Nottingham, sponsored by the local charity NSG@QMC. Her research focuses on investigating how specialized immune cells in the brain can turn from ‘friend’ to ‘foe’ and how this leads to neurodegenerative disease. By investigating these cells, her research has the potential to influence pharmacological trial treatments for neurodegenerative disorders.

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.
  • Vivyan Lisewski-Hobson (Social Sciences) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She is researching the nature of public access to woodland, with special emphasis placed on woodland in private ownership.
  • Peter Howson (Geography) is a Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. His research looks at how carbon trading is being used to make trees more valuable standing than cut down, and what impacts the practice is having on indigenous communities in Indonesia.

PubhD #57: Wednesday, 16 January 2019

  • Keir Birchall (Astronomy) is a second year PhD student at the University of Leicester, where he studies active galactic nuclei (or very energetic black holes) in the nearby universe. He has recently completed work trying to identify AGN within local dwarf galaxies to see if there is anything special about these environments and if it can tell us anything about how black holes were seeded in the very early universe.
  • Richard Woods (Social Science) is researching Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), which has been proposed as being part of the autism spectrum. Specifically, Richard is examining what PDA is, and is exploring what could be driving its growth.
  • Amy Williams (History) is PhD student at Nottingham Trent University. She is researching Kindertransport (Children’s Transport), which was the informal name of a series of rescue efforts which brought thousands of refugee Jewish and non-Aryan children to Great Britain from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940.

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PubhD #59: Wednesday, 20 March 2019

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PubhD #60: Wednesday, 17 April 2019

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PubhD #61: Wednesday, 15 May 2019

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