PubhD event 27th June 2018:

This time a very summer-y PubhD session took place at the Redhouse pub and what better context for our speakers and audience than great academic talk and a refreshing pint with the sun out?

Presenters from both Northumbria and Newcastle University gathered a large crowd of researchers, PhDs, lecturers and non-academics to listen to their presentations. Topics ranged from Applied Science, Speech and Language Sciences to Law!


First off was Anastasia Trebacz, from Newcastle University. She introduced her research on speech therapy for 3-year-olds, where she drew compelling arguments as to why trials about speech and language therapy is needed. That was a great opportunity for us in the audience to learn some sign language and listen to the joys and challenges of doing research in schools!


After a short break (and a pint), Marc Stuhldreier, a PhD student in Law from Northumbria University, guided us through his research on zombie viruses and neglected diseases. His presentation shed light on some controversial aspects of patent law and the pharmaceutical industry, spurring conversation among the audience.


After another pint (of course!), our last speaker for the night, Giorgia Marucci from Northumbria University, showed us that art and science are not opposite worlds. She laid out in a simple way the complex scientific methods she is using to study the chemical composition of ancient manuscripts. Not only did she bring one of her infrared camera for us to play with… she also helped us understanding these complex techniques with metaphors on beers, in the true spirit of PubhD!



The event ended with a round of applauses for our three speakers, who were able to make their studies accessible to a supportive and engaged audience.

Hence, we look forward to listening to your voice for our next event in November 2018!


PubhD Newcastle: 22 February 2018

PubhD team member Giuseppe Zago gives a recap of last February 2018 meeting 

New year, new location! On the 22 February 2018, PubhD Newcastle organised another engaging session of chats, research, pints & pies at the Redhouse pub.

A large group of students – but also non-academic people enthusiastic to listen to our presenters while enjoying a drink – gathered around three speakers coming from Northumbria and Newcastle University, who are experts in a wide range of disciplines, from Gender, Sexuality and the Law to Data Forensics to Archaeology: there literally was something for everyone!

We could not have a better crowd to celebrate the 4 year – anniversary of PubhD, and the 2 year – anniversary of PubhD Newcastle.

Aaron Amankwaa, the first speaker of the evening, talked us about public perspectives on DNA databases. At the end of his talk, no one had still doubts that the life of police officers is nothing like CSI!

After a short break, Marco Romeo Pitone, a PhD student in Archaeology from Newcastle University, guided us through his research on the origin of metal processing in the island of Cyprus, or – as he labelled it – archaeology of scrap! Marco even brought his own rocks to explain to us why he came to Newcastle to study slags, and discussed the process of experimenting on metals and ores. After his talk, we will never look at slags the same again.

Last but not least, our last speaker for the night, Rosie Hodsdon, illustrated her thought provoking study on the legal regulation in the BDSM pornography industry in the UK. She reported the impact that a more restrictive legislation on the porn industry has on the lives of people working in it, and how many independent companies are forced to shut down, their lives completely changed.
The night ended with a round of applauses for our three speakers, who were able to make their studies accessible to a supportive and engaged audience. To quote Rosie’s words: “As an academic my voice seems to be taken as more legitimate even when I’m just saying the same stuff workers have been saying for ages”.
Hence, we look forward to listening to your voice for our next event in June 2018!

Pictures by Aaron Amankwaa and Immanuel Nsiah

PubhD Newcastle: 23rd November 2017

PubhD team member Rosie gives a recap of the November 207 event in Newcastle.

On Thursday 23rd November 2017, PubHD Newcastle returned to its haunt at the Town Wall. Over 20 PhD students and their colleagues braved the cold northern winds and enjoyed an evening of three varied and exciting speakers from a number of disciplines, as well as an opportunity to network and discuss their own projects also. We were delighted to welcome both speakers and students from across the North East – Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham were all represented at the event, as were disciplines ranging from law to engineering.

The first speaker of the evening was Merrel Knox, a PhD student and graduate tutor from Northumbria University, who discussed the role of leadership in dangerous contexts.She came armed with a selection of anecdotes from her experiences in the field, conducting focus groups with established teams within the emergency services, and gave us some fantastic advice for conducting qualitative research.

After a short break, we heard from our second speaker, Adam Robinson from Durham University. Having just completed his viva, Adam presented his research on techniques used to map the structure and shape of the ocean floor using seismic waves. He provided some useful tips – do not attach your dynamite to a table and light it! – and wonderfully clear explanations as to how these techniques worked, including caves, hot dates, and dead hamsters.

Our final speaker of the night was Piyush Dhawankar, an engineering student from Northumbria University. His research involved the very topical and futuristic ideas behind developing a model of communication between driverless cars, with the aim to make them safer and more viable to the market. The wide scope of his topic was seen in the questions, which crossed everything from computer science to business!

The event provided a fantastic opportunity to hear about the work going on outside of our own disciplines – and even our institutions! The audience was supportive, enthusiastic and engaged, and the speakers did a great job at making their work accessible for everyone there. Look out for our next event in February 2018!

Pictures by Rosie Hodsdon and Laure-Elise Mayard.