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), three 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 Jacqueline Chalakova @hdianeyoung, Sophie Whittle @sophiewhittle95, and Stuart Gaines @stuart_gaines.
We are currently running mid-month online events via Google Meet. When we're in the pub, events run on the first Wednesday of every month at The Old Queen's Head - just behind the Sheffield Interchange.
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 Online #2
For November we'll be back for another PubhD Online!
Grab a drink of your choice, sit back, and enjoy some informal chat about Sheffield PhD research, from the comfort of your home!
Wednesday 16th December
7pm - 8.30pm
This month's schedule is as follows:
Intro from Jacqui and Stuart 7pm
Talk 1 7:05pm - Ffion Hammond
"Humans vs Pathogens: can we enhance our own immune systems to fight drug-resistant infections?"
Humans and infection-causing microbes have been fighting in an all out arms race throughout their evolutions. Modern medicine has equipped healthcare professionals with an arsenal of weapons to help fight pathogens, one of the most effective of which is with anti-microbial drugs, which have revolutionised human health. However, an increasing number of pathogens are now becoming resistant to these life-saving drugs, reducing treatment options and also their effectiveness. Drug resistance is caused largely in part due to the overuse and misuse of anti-microbials, so how can we treat infections using less or no anti-microbial drugs? My PhD looks instead at bolstering our own immune system, improving the natural anti-microbial abilities of our own immune cells using host-targetted therapy. By focusing on strengthening our own immune system, instead of targeting pathogens directly, we can hopefully tip the balance in our favour and improve infection outcomes.
7:40 pm Talk 2 - Charlene Cross
“Investigating urban stasis- the secret lives of empty buildings”
Charlene’s PhD considers what long-term vacancy, defined as nine years or more, means to the property owner. This short presentation introduces a proposed methodology for a layered case study centred around Neepsend Lane, in Sheffield. Located just outside Kelham Island, Neepsend Lane is contextualised as a site of temporal change. Alongside new occupants, the area contains several examples of long-term vacant property, including the Cannon brewery and Farfield Inn. Though these sites may appear to be abandoned to passers-by, planning records provide an insight into the behind-the-scenes plans, activities and ambitions of their previous and current owners.
8:15 pm Talk 3 - Christina Schoettler
“Stars on the Run”
Most stars form in grouped or clustered environments with other stars. These stars-forming regions can survive millions of years, but can change dramatically over just a short period of time, so what we see today might not be what they looked like when they formed. While a cluster is contracting or expanding, stars can pass very close to each other. This can lead to stars being flung out of the cluster to become runaway stars. In this short talk, I will show how I use simulations and observations to investigate aspects of young star-forming regions using runaways.
Sign up via our Eventbrite here!
See here for short blog posts on our previous events
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.