The Royal Society of Edinburgh was delighted that Joseph Garrett AKA Stampy Cat delivered the 2015 RSE Christmas Lecture on St Andrews Day in the Caird Hall, Dundee. Stampy is one of the world’s most successful YouTube stars. His unique brand of Let’s Play videos based around popular games like Minecraft attract an audience of millions every day.
At this unique event Stampy gave insights into how he creates his videos and what it takes to be a successful YouTuber all in the context of a brand new Minecraft adventure episode which was created live on the night.
Read the summary report of Stampy's Christmas Cake Caper (An Adventure in YouTubing).
To view the event, please visit the BBC website.
The Scottish Universities Physics Alliance and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Cormack Bequest) held the annual one-day Scottish astronomy meeting on Monday, 23 November 2015 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
The meeting is for research students and staff working in Scottish universities and gives the opportunity for them to meet, discuss research and hear about new developments in the field.
Speaker: Lady Deborah Stewartby, John Buchan’s granddaughter.
Read the summary report of Lady Stewartby's talk on The Thirty-Nine Steps to Governor General: The Years in Between.
John Buchan was a novelist, biographer, historian, poet, journalist, critic and publisher. He was also a barrister, a Colonial administrator, intelligence officer, propagandist, Member of Parliament and, finally, Governor-General of Canada. He is best remembered for his famous novel The Thirty-Nine Steps which, since it was published in 1915, has never been out of print.
Read the summary report of Professor Lynn Conway's lecture on Our travels through time: envisioning historical waves of technological innovation.
Professor Lynn Conway, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emerita, University of Michigan.
Professor Conway reflected on past waves of technological innovation, from the Age of Discovery
to the Industrial Revolution, and from the sudden spread of AC electrification to the emergence of microelectronics, computers and the internet. She then helped the audience to glimpse the incoming tsunami of innovation which lies ahead ...
At this event, Professor Conway was presented with the 2015 IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal, “for contributions to and leadership in design methodology and pedagogy enabling rapid advances and dissemination of VLSI design tools and systems.” The James Clerk Maxwell Medal is one of the highest awards presented by IEEE.
Read the summary report of the two-day conference on The Science of Beauty
What is common to the experience of beauty derived from sensory, cognitive and moral sources?What is the relationship between aesthetic judgment and aesthetic experience? And what is the grander biological significance of the experience of beauty? These are some of the questions that were discussed at length by the many distinguished speakers at this wide-ranging two-day conference.
The Science of Beauty - Sir David Attenborough
Read the summary report of this extraordinary conference - Inspiring Brilliance: Celebrating Maxwell's Genius and Legacy
Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Maxwell’s Equations.
Speaker: Profesor Gunter Stock, President, ALLEA (the Federation of All European Academies)
Read summary report of Professor Gunter's lecture on Enlightenment: A Matter of Urgency
The MacCormick European Lecture is named in honour of the late Professor Sir Neil MacCormick FBA FRSE, in recognition of his contribution to Scottish and European politics and his international work for the RSE.
Previous speakers in the series have included Chris Patten (Lord Patten of Barnes), Sir John Kerr (Lord Kerr of Kinlochard), Sir John Grant, Commissioner Jan Figel, Former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese HonFRSE and Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council.
This year’s Lecture was delivered by Profesor Gunter Stock, President of ALLEA (the federation of All European Academies).
The great societal challenges ahead of us, such as climate change and health, can only be tackled if we are able to combine all of our current knowledge and make this knowledge available in a qualitative and timely fashion. This is where modern Academies in Europe and around the globe can play an important role, to present civil society with options and alternatives based on current scientific knowledge and judgement. This is commonly known as scientific advice but it can be alternatively expressed as modern enlightenment.
The RSE held a joint workshop with the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan from 2-5 November 2015 on the topic of Neuroscience. The workshop consisted of two days of presentations followed by two days of laboratory visits to the Kaohsiung Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, National Yang-Ming University and National Taiwan University.