Snapshot of society at PechaKucha event

Snapshot of society at PechaKucha event

Images from Aberdeen and beyond showing a snapshot of our society today will be delivered at the next PechaKucha Aberdeen.

The city’s third PechaKucha Night will take place on Tuesday (November 5) at the Belmont Picturehouse and is part of the Festival of Social Science programme of events taking place in Aberdeen. 

Devised in Tokyo, the PechaKucha presentations give participants 20 images with 20 seconds to discuss each one. Over 700 cities across the globe now host the nights.

An insight into our perceptions of faces and test recognition – presented by University of Aberdeen researcher Dr David Robertson, will be just one of the subjects under the spotlight at the event.

David Robertson said, “My talk, Face Facts, will explore the psychology and neuroscience of faces. With some 7 billion faces on earth, and many aspects of modern life being based on proof of identity from photo ID documents, I will examine just how good we are at recognising faces.”

Professor Jillian Anable, from the University’s Centre for Transport Research, whowill discuss the relationship between transport and energy in our society said: “I will be using images to illustrate how society has become a slave to the car and how we can make smarter decisions about our transport system and the travelling we do.”

Images of people in Aberdeen will be shared by the Aberdeenstreetstyleblog and this will be a unique opportunity to speak with the curator and blog author.

Emily Beever, the Aberdeen University Student Association President for Societies and Community will share images and stories about change in our society being undertaken by the student community.

Anna Robertson from the Aberdeen Law Project will discusstheir work providing assistance legal aid to those in need in Aberdeen.

Researcher Anna Cenderlund will share images relating to the role of water in our society.

Perspective participants are being encouraged to register to present at future PechaKucha nights which will take place once a month until December.

Dr Heather Doran of the University’s Public Engagement with Research Unit said: “Pecha Kucha is Japanese for 'chit chat. The concept of these nights was originally devised by two architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, and the first event was held in 2003 in Toyko as a way for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public.

“These nights are a great opportunity for people to share and learn about great work taking place in Aberdeen and beyond. Each night features a range of speakers from different backgrounds including subjects such as photography, science and art. 

“We want to open up the floor and invite speakers for future PechaKucha nights.  If you would like to speak at one of the evenings please get in touch with the Public Engagement with Research team at the University on 01224 273274 or by email at or visit “

Future PechaKucha nights will link to major initiatives and themes such as The Festival of Social Science and Human Rights Day.

All events are free to attend and take place at The Belmont Picturehouse from 7pm

Full details of the programme can be found at  and at the series Facebook page