May 2015

May 2015

27 May 2015: Climate Change: Science and Society

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This conference provided an update on the physical science behind climate change, its impacts, and how these impacts may be mitigated. The speakers addressed the issues both from a Scottish and global perspective, with discussion about what is happening close to home as well as further afield. This opportunity to hear directly from major figures in the field appealed to interested members of the public, policy makers and all those interested in our social, economic and environmental future.

26 May 2015: 'A Good Man in Africa': Mungo Park, the Niger and Late Enlightenment Exploration

Speaker: Professor Charles Withers FBA FRSE, Ogilvie Chair of Geography, University of Edinburgh

Read the summary report of Professor Withers' lecture on 'A Good Man in Africa': Mungo Park, the Niger and Late Enlightenment Exploration

In the late eighteenth century, the Niger Problem was a 2000-year-old two-part dilemma.

The first part was simple: which way did the river run, west-east or east to west? The second was more difficult : where did the river end? In a central African lake? Did it join the Congo?

Numerous theories abounded. This mattered as a both a geographical and a commercial problem. If proven right, the theory that the Niger bisected Africa to join the Nile, would have allowed for trade through the heart of the continent.

The Scots explorer Mungo Park was the first to solve, by personal and direct observation, the first part of the dilemma and to live to tell others about it. He died unsuccessfully trying to solve the second.

This illustrated talk examined Park's travels, the making of his highly-successful 1799 book and considered evidence which suggests that others had already solved the second part of the problem.

21 May 2015: Lanark: in conversation with Graham Eatough

Lanark: a Life in Three Acts will make its world premiere at this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

Read the summary report of Lanark: in conversation with Graham Eatough.

This special event, organised in partnership with Edinburgh International Festival, saw the Director of the play discuss his work with Professor Jan McDonald FRSE, former Professor of Drama, and Professor Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature, both from the University of Glasgow.

The new production celebrates both Gray’s 80th year and the 70th anniversary of the Citizens Theatre, and continues a collaboration between Graham Eatough and David Greig which began with experimental theatre company Suspect Culture.

12 May 2015: Discussion Forum - Ethics and Professions: Banking

Speakers: Dr Susan Rice CBE FRSE, former Managing Director, Lloyds Banking Group; Anton Colella, Chief Executive, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS); Magnus Linklater CBE FRSE, writer and former editor of the Times in Scotland and The Scotsman.

Read the summary report of the discussion on Ethics and Professions: Banking

The purpose of this event was to explore ethical behaviours, especially in financial services, and what is being done to enhance them. It was hoped that the event will prompt productive conversation and address audience questions/concerns on the topic. The audience should have left the event having learned how the approach to ethical and professional behaviour in the finance sector is transforming.


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