Trio of experts offer talks on three diverse topics at free Liverpool event

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has organised the talks on women in engineering, children with autism and coastal evolution. Tony McDonough reports.

One of the three talks will look at women in engineering
One of the three talks will look at research into the experiences of women in engineering

Women in engineering, children with autism and the evolution of the Merseyside coast are the three diverse topics being talked about by a trio of academics in Liverpool.

On Wednesday, November 23 between 6pm and 8pm three PhD researchers from Edge Hill University in Ormskirk will deliver talks on their own areas of expertise.

The free event, organised by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool city centre.

Each of the speakers will give a short talk about their research and the approach they are taking. There will also be plenty of time for questions and discussion as well as opportunities to connect with local Fellows of the RSA and colleagues.

The three speakers are…

  • Michela Insenga: Her current PhD study focuses on the use of narrative to represent the meaningful life experiences of women who are pursuing a career in engineering. Michela’s research takes a feminist standpoint into researching how women have overcome existing personal, cultural, and societal barriers to enter a male-dominated career field, from their experiences in school to their current status.
  • Francesca Bernardi: She has been an active RSA Fellow since 2013 and her professional practice and her research focus on visual and creative approaches to meaningful participation for children with a diagnosis of autism. She is aiming to understand how children represent experiences of inclusion, self, and autism, with field work soon to take place in Italy and Lancashire.
  • Nicholas O’Keeffe: His research discipline is coastal evolution, with a specific focus on beach-dune interactions. He is using the Sefton coast as a study site. Having conducted extensive analysis of aerial photography and satellite imagery, significant longer-term trends have been identified in the configuration of the coastline. 

Attendance is free but organisers ask those wishing to come along to register by clicking here. Anyone with any questions can contact Eric Woodcock at

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