March 2011

March 2011

Reports from many events held prior to 2010 are available on our Scribd and YouTube pages

 

Lecture. 31 March 2011. Galloway Waterways

Professor Ted Cowan FRSE, University of Glasgow

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Professor Cowan discusses the role of water in the history of the southwest and the importance of the Solway in the history of Dumfries and Galloway from prehistory to the present as a link with the outer world and the means of emigration over the centuries. Waterways conferred identity on the inhabitants of the various dales and glens, paradoxically bringing people together but also serving as territorial boundaries; they served as communication routes as well as barriers to travel in a world without bridges. From the log-boats of prehistory to modern Hydro schemes, water has shaped the lives of all who inhabited this ancient landscape.

 

Wednesday 30 March 2011, All Day Conference. Assisted Dying

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What are the fundamental underlying core (neither medical nor legal) arguments for and against assisted dying/suicide? The perfect philosophical position supposes a situation where there is a guarantee that the law will never be abused and that the means of suicide will implicate no one other than the person who desires to end her/his life. Can viewing the subject from a philosophical perspective help clinicians, lawyers and policy makers make better-informed decisions? Join Baroness Warnock and Lord Sutherland for an in-depth discussion.

 

Wednesday 30 March 2011. Assisted Dying: The debate, A Mock Trial

Professor Anthony Grayling, Professor of Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London and Professor John Haldane FRSE, Professor of Philosophy and Director, Centre of Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, University of St Andrews

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The perfect philosophical position supposes a situation where there is a guarantee that the law will never be abused and that the means of suicide will implicate no one other than the person who desires to end her/his life. This has been used in the past as a means of suggesting discrimination against those who are physically incapable at the end and can again lead people to make a more rushed decision than is necessary to ensure that they do not become trapped within this situation. What are the fundamental underlying core (neither medical nor legal) arguments for and against assisted dying/ suicide and can we truly debate them in a purely philosophical manner unencumbered by social constricts? 

Lecture. 14 March 2011. The Twin Towers: 10 years – 10 Lessons on Sustainable Infrastructure

Professor Jose Torero FRSE, FREng , BRE Trust/RAE Professor of Fire Safety Engineering, University of Edinburgh

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Conducted in the mist of speculation, controversy and conspiracy theories, the inquiry into the collapse of the World Trade Center, ten years ago, started one of the most exhaustive and expensive failure analyses of structural engineering in history. Post-9/11, a strong drive towards sustainability has driven tall building design to never–before-seen levels of innovation, with the completion of seven of the world’s ten tallest buildings. Professor Torero will extract from a decade of questioning and innovation ten lessons on what is sustainable infrastructure. 

 Joint event with the Royal Academy of Engineering

 

Gannochy Trust Innovation Award Prize Lecture. 9 March 2011

Matt McGrath, CEO, Aircraft Medical

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The Gannochy Trust Innovation Award of the Royal Society of Edinburgh is Scotland’s highest accolade for individual achievement in innovation. Carrying a prize of £50,000, the award was established to encourage and reward Scotland’s young innovators. The 2010 winner, Matt McGrath, founded Aircraft Medical, which is a medical devices company based in Edinburgh and Barcelona. He has twice won the Royal Society of Arts design award and was recently named “Young Scot of the Year”. What does it take to develop an award-winning technology, the McGrath® video laryngoscope Series 5, that is creating jobs and saving lives? Back to top

 

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