The research support team at LJMU library puts on a research café for each faculty every year. These cafes are an opportunity for postgraduate students and more established academics to discuss their on-going and finished research projects to a wider audience, be it members of the public, other colleagues or interested students.  Hosted over a free lunch, research cafes allow researchers to think about their work in different ways in a relaxed, informal environment, as well as interact with colleagues outside of their immediate research area.

On 12 October we held our first Research café of 2016-2017 with the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies in the Redmonds Building.  Kathryn Smith, a PhD candidate/graduate teaching assistant in Face Lab and her talk: ‘Laws of the Face: Post-mortem facial depiction in art and science after 1960′ and Dr. Katherine Harbord, senior lecturer in history and politics and her talk, ”Difficult’ History: Commemoration of contestation, horror and tragedy.’

Although each speaker was from a completely different faculty, their work converged in many areas, and it was fascinating to listen to their unique research perspectives in their areas of expertise.

If you are interested in either attending a research café, please see the links below to sign up. Events are free, but booking is necessary.  If you would like to present at a research café or would be interested in a themed research event, please contact Katherine Stephan, Research Support Librarian, at for more details.


Christmas Café: Wednesday, 7 December, 2.00-4.30pm, Top Floor, Liverpool Central Library


Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Wednesday, 8 February, 12.30-2.00pm, Room 322, James Parsons Building


Faculty of Science, 29 March 2017, 12.30-2.00pm, Room 322, James Parsons Building


Faculty of Education, Health and Community, 17 May 2017, 12.30-2.00pm, Seminar Room 2, Avril Robarts Library