February 2013

February 2013

27th and 28th February 2013: Conference: Women's Reproductive Health across the Lifecourse - Implications for Public Policy

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This two-day interdisciplinary conference brought together clinicians, policy makers, scientists, social scientists and other stakeholders to consider and debate the range of evidence relating to women's reproductive health, its promotion and treatment of ill-health and to discuss the wider implications for health and social policy generally and the medical and clinical academic workforce in the UK specifically.

27th February 2013: Lecture: Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues for Women in Combat

Speaker: Dr Ngozi Dufty, Consultant in GU Medicine, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

27th February 2013: RSE@Lochaber Lecture: The Weathermen of Ben Nevis 1883-1904

Read summary report of Marjory Roy's lecture on The Weathermen of Ben Nevis

Speaker: Marjory Roy, Scottish Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society. Meteorology expert, Marjory Roy, told the story of why the weather observatory was set up on Ben Nevis by the Scottish Meteorological Society, what it was like to work there, and what the observations tell us about mountain ‎weather.

21st February 2013: SCRR Peter Wilson Lecture: The Evidential Basis for Food and Environmental Policy

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Speaker: Professor Ian Boyd FRSE, Chief Scientific Adviser for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Societal demands on the environment are increasing. Food, water and environmental policies encompass the basic commodities for life and are important for Government. Sustained innovation at rates matching rising demand without degrading natural capital is challenging. Evidence-based policies should have a pivotal role in the policy cycle. There are many successes, important failures and lessons for the future. Scientific discovery is inherently uncertain. It is important that models and processes account for uncertainties, support progress and reduce over-precaution.

View Professor Boyd's presentation slides.

20th February 2013: Discussion Forum: Integrated Reporting - Benefit 0r Cost?

This event was organised by The Royal Society of Edinburgh in partnership with Standard Life Plc.

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Integrated reporting has been widely suggested as a potential force for good in improving understanding of the role businesses and investors play in society.  ‎Current financial reporting has been criticised as being too lengthy, too complex and ‎at least partly responsible for driving a short term focus in the markets.  Can ‎integrated reporting provide a wider, more long-term view of the value companies bring to their investors, customers and society?  Or is it ultimately just a case of style ‎over substance? ‎

11th February 2013: Digital Participation Enquiry Launch

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has launched a major Inquiry into “Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation”.
The Inquiry will be jointly chaired by Professors Michael Fourman and Alan Alexander and will involve a group of experts in the field. They will engage with people, communities and businesses across Scotland, as well as examining the situation internationally before producing a report towards the end of 2013.
The Inquiry will examine how Scotland can best maximise the societal and economic benefits of digital technology. Sir John Arbuthnott, President of the RSE commented, “We are in a revolutionary age in communications. Through social media, e-mails and the internet, the world is a smaller place than ever. However to release the full potential of this we need to ensure that everyone in our society has the opportunity, means and knowledge to participate.”

4th February 2013: RSE@Lochaber Lecture: 'For the Benefit of Mankind': Industrialisation, Environment and the Politics of Highland Development

Read summary report of Dr Andrew Perchard's lecture on 'For the Benefit of Mankind': Industrialisation, Environment and the Politics of Highland Development

The contests and debates around economic diversification (in particular industrial schemes) in the Highlands during the late 19th and 20th centuries are evident in some form in current discussions over the current and future course of development in the area. Focusing on aluminium production in the Highlands, this lecture explored this subject in relation to the economic, environmental, and social ramifications of industrial development in peripheralised regions. It also examined the collective and individual motivations of those involved. Speaker: Dr Andrew Perchard, University of Strathclyde.

2nd February 2013: Conference: The Teaching of History: A Model for Collaboration

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Teaching Scotland's Future invites us all to think about the development of the teaching profession in Scotland. In particular, it encourages a much greater collaboration among all those involved in research, teaching and learning at all levels. In History, there are inspiring examples of co-operation and SATH has a key role in bringing partners together. Speakers: Professor Graham Donaldson CB, Author of 'Teaching Scotland's Future'; David Gregory, HM Inspector, Education Scotland; Professor Dauvit Broun, Professor of Scottish History, University of Glasgow and Nelson Mundell, History Teacher, Hillpark Secondary School.


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