Taking you and your research to the pub since 2014
What is PubhD?
Because everything needs a little explaining...
Events usually occur monthly, with three PhD students/early career researchers explaining their work to the general public, in a local pub.
All that we ask is that you pop along with an open mind and a quid to help fund future events and quench the speakers thirst!
So how does it work?
PubhD has a really simple, relaxed format...
In exchange for a pint (or two), two researchers will be given a white board, marker pen and 10 minutes to explain their research, followed by 20 minutes of friendly Q&A.
For the speakers PubhD is a great way to test your public speaking and public engagement skills.
For the audience it is a great opportunity to learn something new, without needing any prior knowledge of the topic!
The steel city!
PubhD Sheffield was initially set up by Devon Scambler @DevonCaira and Emily Fisk @EFisk1 and is now organised by Charlene Cross @charlenecross87, Elysa Ioannou @elysaioa, and Stuart Gaines @stuart_gaines.
For more details, on future events or how to get involved with PubhD Sheffield, please see the Events and Contact Us sections below.
You can also find these on Eventbrite!
PubhD Sheffield October 2021
We're back in the pub!!
Wednesday 27th of October
Old Queen's Head
7pm - 8:30pm
Start and Intro 19:00-19:10pm
1. Charlene Cross - 3rd Year PhD Student and Sheffield Hallam University
Networks in Neepsend: Exploring place through people
Charlene’s PhD focuses on an area of Sheffield that is adjacent to Kelham Island. She has been documenting continuity and change through photographs since early 2020. From April 2021 she conducted interviews, asking ‘How would you describe Neepsend to somebody who had never heard of it?’ to a range of local stakeholders. Participants have included property developers, site owners, and local businesses, both old and new. Tonight’s presentation shares some initial themes emerging from the research (including a summary of bars, takeaways and restaurants operating in the area!)
2. Stuart Gaines - 3rd Year PhD student at the University of Sheffield
How does it all fit? Epigenetics: Packaging 3 metres of DNA and 20,000 genes into a single cell
The actions of every cell that makes up our body, and therefore our bodies themselves, are dictated by our genes. These genes are based on the complex chemical code that makes up our DNA. We have ~20,000 genes within a 3 m DNA strand in every 0.005 mm to 0.1 mm wide cell. How on earth does it all fit?
This talk will discuss the basics of epigenetic chromain regulation, the packaging of all that DNA into every microscopic cell in the human body. Second, we’ll dive into how this packaging allows for the genes we need to be turned on and off. Finally we’ll explore how our environment influences our epigenome and how we may be able to control it in disease and maybe even live forever!
3. Kathy Davies - PhD graduate Sheffield Hallam University
The Manchester Guardian, C. P. Scott, and the Irish Question (1919-1922)
Kathy's research illuminates the connection between the Manchester Guardian newspaper, the Irish question, and British politics at the apex of Ireland's revolution. By analysing the commentary of renowned editor, C. P. Scott, Kathy addresses key themes in Anglo-Irish history, including political self-determination, violence, and empire. Going beyond published material, she also unearths influences on the newspaper's content, including the connections between Scott, Guardian readers, and influential public figures, and the impact of propaganda and censorship. The study enhances understanding of the Guardian's politics and editorial ideology, and highlights the significant role played by Scott in British public discussion on Ireland in the early twentieth century.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where did the idea for PubhD come from?
It was Kash Farooq and Regan Naughton in Nottingham that came up with the idea for PubhD, hosting their first event in January 2014. They are not academic researchers, but wanted to know more about the neat research that was happening in their city!
What's in it for me?
If you volunteer to be a speaker, then you will gain public engagement experience by explaining your work in an easy to understand and entertaining way. As a reward for delivering a great talk, you will gain a free drink of your choice, funded by audience donations.
The audience get to hear what amazing research is happening in their local area. It's a fun, informal (and cheap!) evening, where academics and non-academics alike come to chat and learn.
I want to talk, but I'm very nervous/have no data/have just started my PhD
If you would like to talk for us one day but are hesitant, drop us an email and we are happy to help with any worries or queries you may have. It sounds scary to stand up in front of a group of people and talk about your work but it is a very friendly and informal space, the audience are always genuinely interested and ask great questions and our speakers give very positive feedback.
If you feel you can't volunteer because you have just started/ended your PhD or have no results yet - then we're here to tell you that's just not true! PubhD is not about delivering mini academic seminars. When there is 10 minutes to give a public-level talk, we are most interested in what you are researching and why, and if there's time, the methods you use to answer your research question. Basically, think of providing a general overview of the ideas behind your research for the majority of your talk, focusing in on your specific research for a few minutes at the end. That way, the audience will know how it fits into the big picture.
What do you do with audience donations?
We use audience donations to buy our speakers a well-earned drink or two. Any leftover money is saved & used to i) replace whiteboard pens & paper and ii) saved for future events - we may hold an event requiring venue payment or speaker travel reimbursement.
What sort of language should I avoid in my talk?
We have enjoyed many wonderful varieties of talks across Sheffield, as it is a city that likes to share its successes with the masses. Some have included props, other speakers didn't need to use the provided whiteboard at all. Do whatever you think will tell a good story. When you prepare a PubhD talk, be really critical of the words you choose. Here are a few examples of academic-speak that should be avoided (unless you have clearly explained them first) simpler is always better...
If you're really unsure, we'd be happy to go through it with you! :)
I'm from the media, can I feature you?
Yes please, just get in touch!
We will initially give our speakers and audience members notice in advance in the event of filming or photography in case there is anyone who does not wish to take part.