PhD in an Hour

One PhD student, one fascinating topic, one café, one hour

Cup of tea in a a cafe

On the first Tuesday of the month, PhD in an Hour speakers share their PhD research with a non-specialist audience over a drink. The events are an ideal way to dip your toe in the waters of public engagement; they’re great viva practice, too.

The aim of the events are to demystify the PhD process and make it accessible to all.  No matter how technical your PhD is, you need to come prepared to explain it to complete beginners. Although the events are the brainchild of the Just Festival, speakers from absolutely any subject are welcome.

The format of the events is small, informal and conversational, with an audience of usually no more than ten people. The PhD student starts by giving an overview of themselves and their research, then the audience come in with questions. PhD in an Hour started at the summer 2013 Just Festival and has run on a semi-regular basis (with a 2014/15 hiatus) since then.

Events take place in a central Edinburgh café or bar, so the atmosphere is informal. For the foreseeable future, the venue will be The Royal Dick bar, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL.

The rules

  1. No slides or projectors! This is a conversation, not a lecture. (And there’s a good chance there won’t be a plug anyway.)
  2. Bring your friends and colleagues…
  3. …but don’t start chatting to them in jargon which a regular member of the public won’t understand. (We know you love what you do – we need you to share this with everyone.)


Get involved

If you’re interested in being a speaker, please complete the following brief form:

Once you’ve completed the form, we’ll be in touch with you to arrange the date of your session.