Speaker: Dr Jonathan Murray, Edinburgh College of Art
Venue: Kinlochleven High School
Read the summary report of Dr Murray's lecture on Location, Location Location
From Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935) to forthcoming Hollywood blockbusters such as World War Z, Scotland’s natural and urban landscapes having inspired generations of filmmakers from home and abroad. While some movies shot in Scotland use the country simply as a breath-taking backdrop, many others have much to tell us about global views of the nation’s history, culture and identity. Focusing on a diverse range of films, including some shot in and around the Lochaber area, this talk identifies and explores some of the key themes within Scotland’s long (and sometimes fraught) relationship with the moving image.
Speaker: Dr Stefan Weber, Director of the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin
Read the summary lecture of Dr Weber's lecture on The Role and Concepts of Islamic Art in the Museum Context
The first few years of the 21st century have witnessed an impressive re-evaluation of Islamic Art and Archaeology. Most of the larger collections of Islamic Art have been, or still are, undergoing reorganization. Museums and galleries have increasingly become important forums for public interest in Muslim Cultures. Shifting global societies and the growing presence of Muslims in Europe and North America have meant that museums of Islamic art have assumed new duties and responsibilities, willingly or not. Countries with a Muslim majority, too, are witnessing a renewed interest in the artistic heritage of the past. Yet despite all this, there has been little discussion on content, categories of order, and the new roles played by museums. What are the stories embedded in the objects they exhibit, and how can these stories be told?
The Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamonmuseum Berlin, the second oldest after Cairo worldwide, will triple in space by 2019. The museum team is currently re-evaluating gallery codes and exhibition practises to develop new spaces for one of the world’s pre-eminent collections of Islamic Art.
This was a joint lecture with the Alwaleed Centre, The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Professor Peter Clarke FRSE, Professor of Physics, University of Edinburgh
Venue: West Highland College – Kilchoan
Read the summary report on Peter Clarke's lecture on the Hadron Collider, the Higgs Boson and Other Questions about the Universe
The Large Hadron Collider has been in and out of the news since it started operation in 2008. Most recently the LHC made a long awaited announcement of the discovery of a particle widely thought to be the Higgs Boson. This is the first of many unanswered questions about the Universe which the LHC is striving to answer. In this public talk we will explore what the LHC is and how it works, illustrating some of the feats of engineering required to make it possible. We will look at some of the large experiments operating there to see how they observe new particles. Finally we will cover what the Higgs boson is and why it produced so much excitement in the physics community.
This event was chaired by the Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP.
Read the summary report on the Discussion forum led by the Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP. Scottish History in Question: An Evening with Professor Tom Devine.
Launching the new RSE@Lochaber Programme, you were invited to join the audience for this 'Question Time' -style event in which Professor Devine answered questions posed by members of the public.
Scottish history has never been more popular or relevant. At this event, the best-selling historian, Professor Tom Devine of the University of Edinburgh, spoke briefly on the new interest and then invited questions from the audience on any of the key and controversial issues of the nation's past and their relationship to the present and future. An evening of robust discussion, argument, diverse views and humour unfolded!
Professor Devine and Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall, Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology, University of Dundee are this year’s winners of the RSE Beltane Prizes for Public Engagement. They were presented with their awards at this event. RSE Beltane Prize for Public Engagement promotes excellence in the field of public engagement and encourages public discussion on significant matters relating to Scotland’s pioneering research and innovation.
Speaker: Dr Iona Heath CBE, President, Royal College of General Practitioners
Read the summary report of Dr Heath's lecture on Love's Labours Lost: Why Society is Straitjacketing its Professionals and How We Might Release Them
Dr Iona Heath has long been a champion of GPs as rounded professionals, able to express and respond to the humanity in themselves and in their patients. Yet in today’s world this stance seems to operate against the grain of a more mechanistic, technical, targets, performance and efficiency driven culture. This is true not only in medicine but across all walks of professional life. In this lecture Dr Heath reflected on the constraints our modern culture imposes on professionals, why society has felt it necessary to impose them and what is lost in the process. She also suggested how we might release the fully competent professional from this straitjacket, and why it is vital to do so.
This event was organised in partnership with the International Futures Forum.