June 2014

June 2014

28th June 2014: Royal Medal Event for Professor Thomas Kibble FRSE

Professor Sir Tom Kibble received the RSE Royal Medal as part of a graduation ceremony at the University of Edinburgh on the afternoon of 28th June. There was an opportunity for Fellows to meet Sir Tom at the RSE on the morning of the 28th. Fellows were also able to llisten to a presentation about CERN by Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director-General, CERN. This was followed by a discussion involving Professor Kibble, Professor Heuer and Dr Victoria Martin, Reader in Particle Physics, University of Edinburgh.

Read the summary report of the discussion at the RSE - The Future of Particle Physics and CERN

23rd June 2014: Discussion Forum: Should I vote? Yes or No?

Free Public Discussion on the key issues informing the forthcoming referendum.

Read the summary report of the Discussion Forum held in Dumfries: Should I vote? Yes or No?

Speakers: Ms Sarah Craig, Lecturer in Public Law, University of Glasgow and Co-Convenor, GRAMnet (Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network); Professor John Curtice FRSE, Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde; Professor Sir Ian Diamond FBA, FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen; Professor John Kay CBE, FBA, FRSE, Economist and Professor Jeremy Peat OBE, FRSE, Visiting Professor,  University of Strathclyde International Public Policy Unit

16th June 2014: Discussion Forum: Sir Walter Scott's Legacy and the New Science of Reading

Speakers: Dr Elspeth Jajdelska, English Studies, University of Strathclyde; Dr Sandra McNeil, Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott and Dr Viccy Coltman, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Read the summary report on the discussion about Sir Walter Scott's Legacy and the New Science of Reading

Recent advances in brain science have shown that stories can stimulate the areas of the brain used for real, or ‘online’ perception, to create ‘perceptual simulations’. Combined with the work of cultural historians, these findings are also shedding new light on the literary classics. In this public forum, experts from the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde, and from Scott’s house at Abbotsford, shared research on face perception, portraiture and literary descriptions.

This event was supported by the University of Strathclyde, Abbotsford House and the University of Edinburgh.

11th June 2014: Discussion on Research Funding with Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell MSP

Read the summary report of the discussion on research funding with Michael Russell MSP.

This discussion was an opportunity for RSE Fellows and members of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland to hear from and discuss with Cabinet Secretary, Michael Russell, research funding in the context of the independence debate. The discussion meeting was organised following the publication of the Scottish Government’s paper, Higher Education Research in an Independent Scotland, which was published in April 2014.

9th June 2014: A la Recherche du Temps Perdu: The Past in Literature from Scott to Proust

Speaker: Professor David Hewitt FEA FRSE, Regius Chalmers Professor of English Literature, Emeritus Editor-in-chief, Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels

Read the summary report of Professor Hewitt's lecture on A la Recherche du Temps Perdu: The Past in Literature from Scott to Proust

The past is not a given: it is realised through acts of memory, strategies by which it is discovered and procedures by which it is recreated. David Hewit's lecture paid homage to Walter Scott on the bicentenary of the publication of the first historical novel, Waverley. It also considered the different kinds of past, and the different approaches to finding and reliving the past in Scott and such writers as William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Marcel Proust.

4th June 2014: Royal Society of Edinburgh/Edinburgh International Festival: A conversation about The James Plays

Read the summary report of the conversation between Rona Munro and Michael Brown

With: Rona Munro writer of The James Plays and Dr Michael Brown, School of History. University of St Andrews.

The RSE and the EIF partnered together for an exciting new event for invited guests at the RSE. After a wellcome from Roy Luxford, Planning and Operations Director EIF the 'in conversation' style event saw a representative from one of the key works of this years festival, The James Plays, discuss both their artistic interpretation and historical background.The evening was chaired by Professor Jan McDonald FRSE, former Professor of Drama, University of Glasgow.


2nd June 2014: Lecture/Ordinary Meeting: Metals, Minerals and Microbes - Geomicrobiology and Bioremediation

Speaker: Professor Geoffrey Michael Gadd FRSE, Geomicrobiology Group, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee

Read the summary report of Professor Gadd's lecture on Metals, Minerals and Microbes - Geomicrobiology and Bioremediation

Geomicrobiology is the study of microbial roles in geological process in order to understand their importance in the biosphere and biotechnological potential for pollution treatment (bioremediation). Metal and mineral transformations are central to geomicrobial activities. Fungi are extremely important geoactive agents, and geomycology is the study of their key roles.

This lecture covered our fungal research on metals and minerals; examples including metallic lead, depleted uranium, metal oxides, and biodeterioration of concrete and ancient ivory; but also included metal bioremediation applications mediated by anaerobic sulfate-reducing bacteria.


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