Since we launched Reading Skeptics In The Pub nearly three years ago we’ve drawn a steadily growing crowd; an audience of over 100 is not uncommon nowadays. It seems there are a lot of people in Reading who, like us, enjoy going out of an evening to learn something. Our In The Geek Midwinter show last week was sold out, and of course Café Scientifique and Geek Night are as popular as ever.
And so, always eager to please you lovely people, I am proposing to host a new monthly event in Reading, starting early in 2014.
PubhD is the brainchild of Kash Farooq and Regan Naughton, who are launching the first PubhD in Nottingham. Each month, local doctoral candidates or post-docs, from any discipline from Art History to Quantum Mechanics, explain their work (PhD/EngD/EdD/etc) to a curious audience in a pub.
Talks will be short and informal, with lots of time for questions, chatting and meeting people. We hope that this will give doctoral researchers useful experience in public outreach and help them gain wider recognition of their work, as well as entertaining and educating punters like us.
And because we at Berkshire Skeptics firmly believe in the importance of the ongoing pursuit of knowledge, we propose to take collect voluntary donations each meeting for the University of Reading student hardship fund.