Join us for an hour of learning! Current College members will be presenting bite-sized research aimed at a general audience. They will have 10 minutes each to present, and after each presentation, the audience will get the chance to ask questions.
Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author with over 15 years of combined professional and personal experiences in Africa, Europe and North America. Her core areas of research expertise include the political economy of development, migration, race, citizenship, conflict, post-war recovery and governance, all with respect to Africa. She is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Oxford Department of International Development, and a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre.
Jack Rowbotham is currently a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Magdalen College and a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre. He is interested in various aspects of inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, particularly those relevant to catalysis and green chemical processes. For his PhD, he studied the coordination chemistry of carbohydrates derived from kelp, with the aim of improving the thermochemical characteristics of the biomass towards fuel production. Currently, he is part of the team working on the HydRegen project in Oxford, which seeks to utilise metalloenzymes in catalytic hydrogenation reactions.
Matt Tompkins is a psychologist, professional magician, and author. He recently completed his DPhil at Oxford’s Department of Experimental Psychology, where his thesis focused on the historical and contemporary study of cognitive illusions. His work has featured across international media outlets including the BBC, The Washington Post, and Buzzfeed. His latest book, The Spectacle of Illusion, explores the historical relationships between scientists, magicians, and fraudulent mystics.
Samantha Vanderslott is a Social Sciences Researcher at the Oxford Vaccine Group and the Oxford Martin School. She is currently researching topics related to health, society, and policy. Projects include exploring attitudes to vaccination, the history and current challenge of typhoid fever, and policies for neglected tropical diseases. She is also a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre.