February 2015

February 2015

25 February 2015: RSE@The Scottish Borders Lauch Event: What Made the Borders? From the Romans to the Union of the Crowns

Read the summary report of the talk by three historians - What Made the Borders?

Speakers: Dr Steve Boardman, Reader in History, University of Edinburgh

Professor Michael Brown, Professor in Medieval Scottish History, University of St Andrews

Professor Richard Oram, Professor of Medieval and Environmental History, University of Stirling

Three distinguished academic historians from different disciplines discussed the evolution of the Scottish Borders, through an examination of archaeological remains from the Roman period, and historical documentary evidence relating to the landscape, the local and national politics and governance of the region. This event was also the launch for the RSE@The Scottish Borders programme of school and public events that will be taking place throughout the region during 2015.

23 February 2015: International Year of Light Event Launch

Various speakers and exhibitors included: Professor Malcolm Longair CBE FRS FRSE, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge and Professor Robert Crawford FRSE, University of St Andrews

Read the summary report of the Launch of Light Box - a collaboration between poet, Robert Crawford and photographer, Norman McBeath.

Read the summary report Professor Longair's lecture on Maxwell on Light, Colour and Electromagnetism.

The United Nations has named 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. This event marked the Scottish launch of the International Year by exploring how light is fundamental to the existence of life on earth, and the ways in which it plays an increasingly important role in shaping our society through medicine, communications, entertainment and culture. Through a range of presentations, displays and exhibitions, the event demonstrated how light is used in science and industry; how it impacts on modern society; and how it influences art and technology.

Exhibits and talks were made available during the day for school children and throughout the evening for members of the public. See copy of full programme of events.

Organised in partnership with the Institute of Physics.

17 February 2015: Lecture: Eating Disorders in Scotland: How will we Manage?

Speaker: Dr E Jane B Morris Consultant Psychiatrist, The Eden Unit Royal Cornhill Hospital.

Read the summary report of Dr Morris' lecture on Eating Disorders in Scotland: How will we Manage?

Eleven percent of girls will have an eating disorder during their teens, according to American research. Boys too are now increasingly being diagnosed with disorders of obsessive weight-losing behaviour, such as compulsive exercise. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality of any psychiatric disorder, whilst surviving sufferers and their families have to live through dreadful experiences. Under this backdrop, Dr Morris discussed Scotland’s struggle to confront, prevent and manage eating disorders over the past 50 years, and examined the challenges that lie ahead.

11 February 2015: Talk Science @ Irvine Bay 2014-15 - The Rise and Rise of Video Games in Scotland

Read the summary report of Dr Van der Kuyl's talk on The Rise and Rise of Video Games in Scotland.

Chris is the chairman of 4J Studios, the developer behind Minecraft X360, the fastest selling and most successful Xbox Live game in history. He is a highly successful entrepreneur, whose expertise covers the entertainment, media and technology sectors. Chris is committed to growing the next generation of business people in Scotland by encouraging enterprise education in schools, colleges and universities. During this event, Chris focused on the rise of Scotland’s world-renowned games development sector, and explored how the gaming bug has gripped the global entertainment industry.

This event formed a part of the Talk Science @ Irvine Bay 2014-15 public programme.

9 February 2015: Peter Wilson Lecture 2015 - Feeding the future: can we do it sustainably?

Speaker: Professor Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security & Professor of Population Ecology, University of Leeds.

Read the summary report of Professor Benton's lecture on Feeding the future: can we do it sustainably?

Global demand for food is set to double by 2050. As this happens, the consequences of climate change on farming will increasingly be felt. The resulting competition for access to land and water, and the impact on the natural environment - habitat loss, biodiversity, water bodies, and carbon emission - will have profound implications, at both local and global levels. In his talk, Professor Benton considered how far we can expect to be able to grow more food sustainably, and discuss whether we need to change our expectations of what can be made available.

This was a joint lecture with the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research and the Society of Biology, Scotland.


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