Hat Club


Who do I talk to?
For enquiries about the Hat Club, contact the Hat Club President via email: hatclub[at]hughes.cam.ac.uk.

What’s the Hat Club?
The Hat Club is the College’s academic society. Talks are given by students, Fellows and sometimes guest speakers. The setting is friendly and informal, and presentations are aimed at a non-specialist audience.

I just want to come and listen to the talks. Do I have to sign up somewhere? Is there a membership fee?
Talks are advertised amongst all Hughes Hall students via a student mailing list (which all College students are automatically subscribed to), and on the Hat Club Facebook page (like us to subscribe to updates on the latest talks). There is no membership fee. In addition, (free!) wine, as well as non-alcoholic alternatives are provided to facilitate discussion.

I’ve recently made this brilliant discovery and I’d like to talk about it at the Hat Club!
Excellent! Just send an email with your affiliation, the title of your talk and, if possible, a summary no longer than five sentences to hatclub[at]hughes.cam.ac.uk. If you’d like to give a talk but not in the immediate future, drop us a quick email to register your interest. We can then arrange a more convenient slot for you later in the year.

How long should my talk be?
Aim for 20-25 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion. We generally have two speakers per evening.

How have people gone about their presentations in the past?
Hat Club talks tend to work really well when speakers take advantage of the wide range of different backgrounds in the audience by presenting something from their area of expertise that has an interdisciplinary aspect to it.

For example, Dan Saxon — a law professor — gave a wonderful series of talks on autonomous weapons, and how these are treated in current international law (to briefly summarise: they aren’t). This led to a fascinating discussion between people with a background in law, and people with a technical background, on how to effectively regulate autonomous weapons.

Hughes Hall Academic Evening

Dear Hughesians, I am very pleased to circulate to you the programme for Hughes Hall’s annual Academic Evening, which will take place in the Pavilion Room on Thursday 8 May, 7.30-10.00pm.

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Hat Club, March 6th, 20.00

Please join us at 8pm Thursday 6 March in the Pavilion Room, for a special Hat Club double-header. Hughes Hall senior member Paul Chinnock will draw on his extensive experience in academic publishing to reflect on recent changes in the industry. He will then join Hughes Senior Member Annemarie Young, herself an experienced industry insider […]

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Hat Club, February 20th, 20.00

Please join us at 8pm Thursday 20 February in the Pavilion Room, where Emily Ruzich (PhD, Psychiatry Department) will present a talk titled ‘Why is autism predominantly a male condition?’. More details on here.

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Hat Club, February 6th, 20.00

Please join us at 8pm Thursday 6 February for the first Hat Club of Lent Term. Miranda Abild (Psychology Department) will present on ‘Can your sexual orientation change?’. More details on abstract attached.

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Hat Club, November 28, 20.00

The Hat Club finishes the term coming Thursday (28th November 8pm at the Pavilion Room) with a Double Bill. Arpit Gupta (Skype/Microsoft and Judge Business School) – Marketing to the Digiratti – the online consumer We live in a much more socially connected world today than ever before. More of our conversations are now moving […]

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Hat Club, 21st November, 8pm

The Hat Club continues coming Thursday (21st November 8pm at the Pavilion Room) with a Double Bill. Wine (and non-alcoholic alternatives) will be served as usual, but please note that the evening is BYOCAEM (“bring your own chillies and English mustard”). Nick Cooper (Cambridge Institute of Medical Research) – The immune system, friend or foe? […]

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Hat Club, November 14, 8PM

Dear Hughesians, The Hat Club continues coming Thursday (14th November, 8pm at the Pavilion Room): Robyn Veal (McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research) – Forest economics in the ancient Roman world: evidence from Pompeii In the ancient world, wood was today’s oil, and it was the major fuel until the industrial age. Techniques for studying ancient […]

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Hat Club, Thursday, 7th November, 8pm

With the jolly season of PhD applications well underway, the Hat Club is excited to announce the following experiment for coming Thursday, November 7th. Nik Darshane (Department of Psychology), and colleagues present To PhD, or not to PhD, (and how to PhD) This experimental Hat Club evening is aimed at Hughesians who are thinking of […]

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Hat Club, Thursday, October 24th

The Hat Club continues coming Thursday (24th October 8pm at the Pavilion Room) with a Double Bill: Lyndon Koens (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics) – The swimming of microorganisms Graeham Douglas (Technical Advisor on Cambridge University Eco Racing) – Cambridge University Eco Racing – A Solar Powered Car Racing Across the Australian Outback […]

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Hat Club – Thursday, 17th October

The Hat Club starts the Term coming Thursday (17th October 8pm at the Pavilion Room) with a Double Bill: Alexia Solomou (Lauterpacht Centre for International Law) Withdrawal from International Organizations – The Case of the EU Sally Mole (Department of Sociology) (High)-fashioning the street: Evaluating the influence of ‘street-style’ blogs on British high-end fashion You […]

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