September 2011

September 2011

Lecture: 29 September 2011. Nation, Town, Memory - Krakow Experience

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Professor Dr Jacek Purchla, Professor of Humanities and head of the Centre of European Heritage, Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University and Chair of Economic and Social History and the UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage and Urban Studies at the Kraków University of Economics.

This lecture was run in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, the European Commission Office in Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Council.

27 September, 2011. Young China, Young Scotland

This is a special event in honour of SCEN President, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, better known as David Wilson, the former Governor of Hong Kong. Entitled `Young China and Young Scotland`, it was led by Lord Wilson himself, who shared some of his own China experiences. In addition young Chinese and young Scots talked about their connections and the importance of working together on a global stage. As well as being an interesting event the overall aim is to mobilise senior pupils to lead the way in China learning in our schools - to become SCEN Ambassadors.

Even hosted by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and organised by the Confucius Institute. 


Discussion Forum: 26 September 2011.  Facing up to Climate Change

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The Rt Hone Lord Adair Turner HonFRSE, Chairman of the UK Commitee for Climate Change and Professor David Sugden FRSE, Professor of Geography, University of Edinburgh and Chair, RSE Climate Change Inquiry.

Climate change will affect us all, for example in energy, food security, population migration and competition for resources. Scotland, given its long history as a major contributor to rising greenhouse gas levels and access to renewable energy resources, has a role to play. The RSE Inquiry ‘Facing up to Climate Change’ sought evidence from a wide variety of people and organisations to highlight the opportunities of a transition to a low-carbon future and the barriers to change. Lord Turner and Professor Sugden discussed what the challenges are and what the future may hold.


Doors Open Day. 24 September, 2011

The Society once again participated in Doors Open Day, Edinburgh on 24 September. Tours were fully booked from early in the day and around 250 took the opportunity to visit the building.

22 - 24 is Category A listed stone building constructed in 1847 and designed by David Bryce in the Italian style. 26, spanning the junction with Hanover Street, is Category B listed and designed in a restrained Edwardian Renaissance style by JM Dick Peddie in 1908, with imposing frontages which dominate the skyline.

Scientific papers covering aerodynamics, written by Professor Peter Guthrie Tait, a past Fellow of the Society whose portrait is displayed in the building, led to the creation of dimpled golf balls, which enable them to fly faster and further. This and other scientific sporting connections will be explored and shared with those touring the building.

Architect: David Bryce, J M Dick Peddie, W T Oldrieve

Building Date: 1843, 1907-09


Lecture: 5 September 2011.  Radiation and Reason: Straight and Open Thinking about Choosing Nuclear

Professor Wade Allison, Emeritus Fellow, Keble College, Oxford

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For more than 60 years, it has been accepted that radiation, that is, nuclear radiation, is quite exceptionally dangerous. In this lecture this question is re-examined and the answer is shown to be rather unexpected. This will be explained in simple terms using incontrovertible evidence. In the light of such fresh understanding, nuclear technology may be welcomed and used carefully to benefit the environment for the future without fear or excessive cost.


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