April 2016

April 2016

21 April 2016: The Great British Brain Off

Read the summary report of Dr Alan Gow's public talk on The Great British Brain Off

Speaker: Dr Alan Gow, Research Leader and Lecturer in Psychology, School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University.

Do you feel like your brain is half-baked? Or that your mental faculties are going off the boil? 'Head' chef Dr Alan Gow in the Great British Brain Off considered the recipe for the perfect brain, and what you can do if you feel your own grey matter needs some extra spice.

This event formed a part of the Talk Science @ Irvine Bay 2014-16 Programme

7 April 2016: Edinburgh International Science Festival, joint discussion event with the Royal Society, London - Science Education - why do we need it?

Read the summary report on the joint discussion event with the Royal Society, part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival on Science Education - why do we need it?

Is education simply a supply system for future scientists, or should it provide us with a scientifically adept society, one ready to understand, critique and mould the future of research?

Science education and experiences should be accessible to everyone and form part of a broad curriculum, but what about beyond that? How can education inspire and nurture curiosity; how can it equip citizens with the knowledge and skills to address the challenges of the future?

Scientist Dame Julia Higgins, Education Researcher Prof Sally Brown, Teacher Adrian Allan and Science Communicator, Prof Martin Hendry, discussed the role of science education in shaping society’s future. The discussion was chaired by Ross Martin, Chief Executive, SCDI (Scottish Council for Development and Industry).

4 April 2016: Lord Kelvin Prize Lecture - Best of both worlds? How scale affects science and engineering for society

Speaker: Professor Jason M Reese, Regius Professor of Engineering, University of Edinburgh.

Read the summary report of Professor Reese's lecture on Best of both worlds? How scale affects science and engineering for society.

Matter is made of atoms, crowds are formed of people, and financial markets comprise transactions. To understand how each of these behave, we can only get so far by thinking at the top-most level in terms of the material itself, the crowd, and the market. The individual components are critical, and how they interact with each other often determines the overall behaviour. Predicting how these types of multi-scale systems function is a grand challenge in science and engineering for the 21st century. This lecture showed how research on the flow of gases and liquids at micro and nano scales has parallels with phenomena as diverse as the spread of disease and stock market returns.

Professor Jason M Reese was presented with the RSE/Lord Kelvin Prize for his outstanding contribution to the field of Engineering, both within the UK and internationally, and for his commitment to the public engagement of Science.


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