Art xrays locusts and more in three minutes

The latest knowledge and insights from research at Leicester will be presented by twenty of the University’s most promising researchers this week.

They will be challenged to summarise their research in a mere three minutes to an audience of fellow researchers, academics and members of the public as part of the Research Bytes competition on Friday 22 June. They will be judged on their ability to engagingly communicate research and engage their audience in those three minutes, using no more than one presentation slide and no other props.

Current doctoral and post-doctoral researchers will discuss a range of topics including space-based x-ray telescopes, authenticity in Classical art, and an alternative liquid biopsy for detecting infectious diseases. Audiences will learn how locusts can help us understand how we hear, see how the Ku Klux Klan gets represented in American cinema and ask whether street food vendors can be considered unwanted occupiers or food artisans.

Professor David Lambert, Director of the Doctoral College, said: “Distilling research into three minutes would be a challenge for even the most experienced Professors – here we will see up-and-coming researchers perfecting this skill to a fine art.”

The event takes place on Friday 22 June 2018 from 1pm in Lecture Theatre 2 of the George Davies Centre at the University of Leicester. The event is free but places should be booked.