October 2015

October 2015

27 October 2015: RSE@The Holywood Trust Lecture: Gravitational-Wave Astronomy: Opening a New Window on the Universe

Read summary report of Professor Hendry's talk on Gravitational-Wave Astronomy: Opening a New Window on the Universe

Speaker: Professor Martin Hendry MBE FRSE, Head, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow

Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space and time, predicted by Einstein and produced by the most violent events in the Cosmos:exploding stars; colliding black holes; even the Big Bang itself. Using a global network of giant laser interferometers – amongst the most sensitive scientific instruments ever built – astronomers are on the threshold of directly detecting gravitational waves for the very first time. Professor Hendry described the remarkable technology that underpins this exciting new field, and highlighted the fundamental questions – about stars, galaxies, cosmology, perhaps even the nature of space and time – that may be answered as we open this new window on the Universe.

This lecture formed part of the RSE@The Holywood Trust Programme.

Professor Hendry is the winner of the 2015 RSE Public Engagement Senior Prize: both he and the Innovator Prizewinner were presented with their medals at this event.

21 October 2015: Franco-Scottish Seminar: Energy Conversion and Storage: Fuels to Electrons and Electrons to Fuels

Read the summary report of the Franco-Scottish Seminar on Energy Conversion and Storage: Fules to Electrons and Electrons to Fuels

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the French Embassy in London are collaborating in a programme of science events designed to explore and publicly present areas of science where both Scotland and France have a powerful presence. On 21 October 2015, the Royal Society of Edinburgh hosted one of these Franco-Scottish seminars which focused on the topic of Energy Conversion and Storage. The workshop brought together academics and practitioners to exchange ideas and experiences on Energy Conversion and Storage in both Scotland and France.

This event was was supported by the French Embassy, London.

21 October 2015: Talk Science @ Irvine Bay 2014-15 - In Conversation – Ian Rankin and Professor Sue Black

Read the summary report of the conversation between Ian Rankin and Professor Sue Black.

Ian Rankin is one of the world’s greatest crime writers, creator of the hugely popular Inspector Rebus novels, as well as a string of stand-alone thrillers. Rankin’s newest novel Even Dogs in the Wild, the 20th Inspector Rebus novel, will be published in November 2015.

Sue Black is a leading forensic anthropologist and the director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at Dundee University. Her forensic expertise has been crucial to a number of high-profile criminal cases. She founded the British Association of Human Identification in 2001, the same year in which she received an OBE for her services to forensic anthropology in Kosovo.

This talk outlined how forensic science is represented in crime literature. See the event review or watch the video below for more information:


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