The future of coral reefs with Dr James Guest and Liam Lachs

In this episode, we talk to Dr James Guest, ERC Research Fellow and Liam Lachs, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University.

Learn about their research into coral reef reliance and how they are working to protect ocean biodiversity for the future.

Find out more about James‘ and follow him on twitter @jr_guest . Find out about Liam’s research and follow him on twitter @LiamLachs. Discover more about the Coralassist Lab at Newcastle University and follow them on twitter at @Coralassist_Lab.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Palau International Coral Reef Center:
British Sub-Aqua Club:

Further information can be found at:
Coralassist Lab:
The Conversation:

What does the future of transport look like? with Professor Phil Blythe

In this episode, we talk to Professor Phil Blythe CBE, Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems at Newcastle University, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and former Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Transport.

Learn about intelligent transport systems, COVID-19’s impact on transport, the shift from fossil fuel-powered to electric-powered cars and the future of driverless vehicles, which may include flying cars.

Find out more about Phil’s research and follow Engineering at Newcastle University on twitter @EngineeringNCL. Also mentioned in this episode, Newcastle Urban Observatory.

AI-Powered Learning: Using AI as an educational tool with Dr Ahmed Kharrufa and Dr Tiago Sousa Garcia

In this episode, we talk to Dr Ahmed Kharrufa, senior lecturer in human-computer interaction in Open Lab and Dr Tiago Sousa Garcia, from the research software engineer team at Newcastle University. 

Learn about the rapid rise of artificial intelligence, how AI can be used as a tool in education and how we can address concerns around safety and privacy for children and young people using AI.

You can find out more about Ahmed’s research and follow him on twitter @ankharrufa. Learn about fascinating topics with the Kinnu app.

You can find out more about Tiago’s research and on his website follow him on twitter @tiagosousagarci. Kickstart your children’s creative writing experiments with the Creativity Engine.

Other useful links:

Seven Stories:
Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute:

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Black History Month: Listen to this story! with Professor Karen Sands-O’Connor

In this special episode to mark Black History Month, we talk to Karen Sands-O’Connor, British Academy Global Professor at Newcastle University. 

Learn about ‘Listen to this story!’, a groundbreaking exhibition about children’s books and Black Britain. 

You can find out more about Karen’s research and follow her on twitter @ksandsoconnor. If you are interested in hosting the exhibition at your local library you can contact Karen at Karen.Sands-O’

Other links mentioned in this episode:

Listen to this story!

Special Collections at Newcastle University:

Letterbox Library:

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Refugee Week Special: Sanctuary Songs with Dr David Baines and Theresa Easton

In this special episode to mark Refugee Week, I will be talking to Dr David Baines, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Theresa Easton, Lecturer in Fine Art at Newcastle University. 

Learn about the importance of Refugee Week, Newcastle University as a University of Sanctuary and some of the activities you can get involved with during the week.

The Sanctuary Songs academic conference takes place from 19th – 20th June 2023 and the cultural festival will run from Wed 21st – Sat 24th June in various venues around the University. For further information visit Sanctuary Songs Conference and Arts Festival.

Other useful links:

The Courier:
University of Sanctuary:
Skimstone Arts:
North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T):

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5.9 A breakthrough in diagnosing and treating Fatty Liver Disease with Professor Quentin Anstee

In this episode we talk to Quentin Anstee, Professor of experimental hepitology and Consultant Hepatologist at Newcastle University’s Translational and Clinical Research Institute.

Learn about how Quentin and his team have been working on an exciting project to develop new diagnostic tests for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition which is too often undiagnosed in patients. 

The papers mentioned in this episode are:

Paper 1 – Biomarkers for staging fibrosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (the LITMUS project): a comparative diagnostic accuracy study – The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Paper 2 – A proteo-transcriptomic map of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease signatures | Nature Metabolism

Information about the LITMUS Project is available at About LITMUS – LITMUS Project (

You can find out more about Quentin’s research and follow him on twitter @QAnstee.

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5.8 Are animals and AI entitled to legal personhood? with Dr Josh Jowitt

In this episode we talk to Dr Josh Jowitt, Lecturer in Law at Newcastle University about legal personhood. 

Learn about the legal protection for animals and how the law needs to prepare for questions about the rights of AI (artificial intelligance) and lab grown cells.

Information about the cases mentioned in this episode can be found at ‘Monkey selfie’ case, Happy the elephant and the DABUS case.

You can find out more about Josh’s research and follow him on twitter @drjoshdoeslaw. And don’t forget to try his favourite Newcastle based restaurants Chilli Padi and Zucchini Pasta Bar!

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5.7 King Charles III Coronation Special with Dr Martin Farr

In a special episode to mark the coronation of King Charles III, we talk to Dr Martin Farr, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary British History. 

Learn about what we can expect to see at the King’s Coronation, the monarchy’s role in our democratic systems and how the institution is attempting to stay relevant in the 21st century.

You can find out more about Dr Martin Farr‘s work and follow him on twitter @martinjohnfarr.

5.6 Earth Day Special with Dr Bethan Davies and Dr Rachel Carr

In this special episode to mark Earth Day (22 April 2023), we talk to Dr Bethan Davies and Dr Rachel Carr, Senior Lecturers in Physical Geography at Newcastle University. 

Learn about the significance of Earth Day, the impact of climate change on glaciated landscapes and the steps that we can all take to help meet net-zero targets.

Find out more about Dr Bethan Davies research at and follow her on twitter @AntarcticGlacie. Find out about Dr Rachel Carr‘s research.

5.5 Creating opportunities for young dads and lads in the North East with Dr Michael Richardson

In this episode we talk to Dr Michael Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography about his work with the North East Young Dads and Lads project.

Learn about Michael’s research on the geographies of gender and masculinities and how he is working creatively to help young men and young fathers across the North East.

Find out more about Michael’s research and follow him on twitter @mjrichardson1 Look out Michael’s new book ‘Undefining masculinity: Feminism, Food and Fatherhood’ out later this year.


The Comfrey Project:
North East Young Dads and Lads Project:
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art:
Father Unknown, 16 – 17 June 2023: