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

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

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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.

PubhD Nottingham #16 (20 May 2015): Education, Marketing, Chemistry

If you are on Facebook, you can RSVP here.


WhenNew PubhD Logo-200x200-by Barbara Griffin

Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


The Vat and Fiddle pub (in the Golding’s Room),
12 Queen’s Bridge Road

More information and a map:


Three speakers will explain their research to a bunch of people in the pub in exchange for a pint or two.

The talks are at “pub level” – you don’t need to be academic to understand them!

See The PubhD Format and About pages for more information about what to expect at an event.


  • Lexi Earl (Education) is a final year PhD in the School of Education. Her research explores food experiences in primary schools and focuses in particular on how policies are taken up in schools. She examines how food-related topics like obesity and ‘foodieness’ are adopted within the school setting, and how this effects the kinds of human beings we can become. She blogs about cake and the PhD experience at Philosophy and Madeleines.
  • Alex Hiller (Marketing) is the Head of Postgraduate Programmes at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University and in addition to teaching marketing and managing MSc and MBA courses, is in his eighth (yes, eighth!) and final year of a part-time PhD in the field of ethical consumption. His research examines clothing consumption and how ‘ethically-principled’ people make decisions and trade-offs to live in accordance with their values.
  • Stephen Kenny (Pharmacy/Chemistry) is a third year PhD student in the pharmacy department at the University of Nottingham. He is studying the surface chemistry of anti-biofouling coatings for ships