Future Events

Some dates for your calendars.

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

PubhD #52: Wednesday, 18 July 2018

  • Stephanie Pearson (Medicine) is a first-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She come from a background in cancer biology and is investigating the impact of permanent hearing loss and tinnitus caused by chemotherapy in cancer patients and survivors. Not many people know about this side effect, which means they don’t have much support available. Steph is trying to create personalised support ad care for these patients.
  • 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: Tuesday, 18 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.
  • 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.

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 – more info to come.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speaker TBC.




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