Tonight, at an alternative venue (again), we have speakers on Building Biology, Cloaking Devices, and Schizophrenia. Confused? You might be now but read on, and hear the speakers’ stories for yourself at The Crown & Kettle, crowned (see what we did there?) one of Britain’s best pubs.
The set-up is the same as always:
Three local researchers. One whiteboard. Ten minutes each to explain what they do to anyone who wants to listen. This month, lots and lots of science!
Haydn Haynes is a PhD student in the School of Earth, Atmospheric, and Environmental Sciences, at the University of Manchester. He is working on the microbiology of construction materials intended for use in a Geological Disposal Facility, for the disposal of nuclear waste
Philip Thomas works in the Condensed Matter Physics group in the School of Physics & Astronomy and is also part of the NowNano CDT. People have dreamed up all sorts of wild futuristic inventions – invisibility cloaks, biosensors, perfect lenses – the list goes on. A problem with realising these ideas is that they all rely on optical phenomena that aren’t found in nature. The solution is simple: invent a new class of materials – metamaterials – with weird properties unlike any found in the natural world…
Lisa Heaney is a first year PhD student at the University of Manchester, in the department of Brain, Behaviour, and Mental Health. She is half psychologist, half neuroscientist, but luckily has yet to be called a “psycho-scientist”. Her PhD is to do with exercise and schizophrenia, specifically whether exercise helps to alleviate some of the symptoms of schizophrenia and how it works. Her research is translational, so she works in the clinic with people and with animal models of the disease. She also does a bit of science-related stand-up comedy, but won’t be subjecting you to that at PubhD. She is on Twitter as @lisaneuro
The event is free but there will be a voluntary collection on the night to pay for speakers’ drinks and to cover running costs.
We do have some of the future speaking slots booked already, but we’re always on the lookout for anyone with something interesting to say about their post-doctoral research. If you’d like to join us either as a speaker or audience member, or if you just fancy a chat (are we going to regret saying this?), let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.