Sam James

Sam is the founder of Palace of Science and can’t imagine a better way to discuss and share science than over a pint. He received his PhD in theoretical physics, where a few beers always helped to understand the mind bending implications of quantum mechanics. He now enjoy sharing his love of all things science in pubs across the north east. You can see him the last Wednesday of every month for Cosmology Night at Ernest. Sam’s favourite beer is Wylam’s very own Jakehead.

Ann Fitchett

Ann is the events and communications officer for the Institute of Neuroscience (brains) at Newcastle University. After 10 years as a biomedical researcher she wanted a different challenge and became interested in how scientists communicate their work to a wider range of people. Ann’s favourite beer is a saison.

Calum Kirk

Calum is currently one of the Research Impact officers for Newcastle University (research impact being any influence research has outside of academia) and before that was a Research Technician at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research. His background is in biomedical and zoological research and will happily talk about animals until they call time at the bar. Fittingly then, his favourite beer is Red Kite

Paul Branch

Paul is a full time science communicator and event organiser, and a part time physicist. He grew up in South Shields and studied in Durham. He has recently submitted his PhD thesis on experimental investigations into high temperature superconducting wires for use in fusion reactors. Now, he works with the IOP in the North East region engaging the general public with physics, and supporting members and other physicists in the region.

Stacey Aston

Stacey is a researcher in the Psychology Department at Durham University studying human perception and learning. In the past Stacey has worked in both Neuroscience and Mathematics departments so you could say Stacey has a varied interest in science. Even greater than that interest in science, is Stacey’s interest in sharing a huge love for science with the public and letting everyone know it’s never too late to learn something new!

Here is the whole merry bunch hard at work organising the event (in a pub, of course).

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