March 2016

March 2016

22 March 2016: The UK in Europe. In or Out?

This event was supported by the RSE, Centre on Constitutional Change, UK in a Changing Europe and the University of Aberdeen.

At this Q&A event, Professor Michael Keating, Professor Justin Greenwood, Professor Paul Beaumont and Professor Claire Wallace discussed the issues at stake, including: 

  • The impact of the EU on the economy and jobs
  • Immigration
  • European and national security
  • The political implications of Europe
  • National sovereignty
  • the Government's negotiations, the EU response and what it will mean for our future.

15 March 2016: Do Zoos have a place in today's Society?

Speaker: Professor Mary Bownes OBE FRSE, Senior Vice-Principal External Engagement, University of Edinburgh.

Read the summary report of Professor Bownes' talk on  Do Zoos have a place in today's Society?

This event was part of the Talk Science@Irvine Bay 2014 - 2016 Programme and was held at The Gailes Hotel, Marine Drive, Irvine

When zoos first appeared, they were to show exotic animals to the public in zoological gardens, like plants in botanic gardens.  With the days of international travel and amazing wildlife programmes on TV, people now have a much greater understanding of the welfare needs of wild animals - do zoos still have a place in today’s society and if they do, what is it?

7 March 2016: RSE/Adam Smith Prize Lecture - Glasgow and Scotland's Gold Medal Moment: The Chairman's Perspective

Speaker: The RT. Hon. The Lord Smith of Kelvin KT, Chairman of the UK Green Investment Bank plc; IMI plc; Forth Ports Limited and Clyde Gateway. Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde.

Read the summary report of Lord Smith's lecture - Glasgow and Scotland's Gold Medal Moment: The Chairman's Perspective

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games combined great sporting spectacle with passion, professionalism and warmth in a city and nation that embraced the opportunity and made the most of its potential for positive impact and transformational change.The lecture questioned what created that rare combination of world-class sporting performance and positive economic and social impact that delivered a Games on time and on budget.

Lord Smith was presented with the RSE/Adam Smith Prize Medal for his outstanding contribution to public service through his Chairmanship of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. He has also been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh - the highest class of Fellowship, reserved for persons of truly exceptional distinction who have made pre-eminent contributions to their field of work. His was amongst the names of those appointed in 2016 and announced at the Ordinary Meeting prior to the lecture.

1 March 2016: Joint annual RSE/RAEng Lecture - Investing in Innovation - Fintech for the Future and Technology for our Times

Speaker: Anne Richards CBE, CEO and Executive Director or Aberdeen Asset Management

Read summary report of Anne Richards lecture on Investing in Innovation - Fintech for the Future and Technology for our Times

In her lecture, Anne offered her insight into the significance and state of innovation in financial services and in the wider economy in an increasingly competitive environment. She also shared her views on why we need concrete action to develop a more diverse talent base and the benefits this brings to the innovation process, business and the wider global economy.


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