Our Healthy Lunches series continues with an exploration of Alzheimer’s disease. The most common cause of dementia, and one for which there is as yet no cure, little is currently known about its causes but we do know that Alzheimer’s Disease has far-reaching impacts on patients, their families and carers. Dr Gayle Doherty from the University of St Andrews will give an insight into recent research on the origins and ways to treat the disease while Puppetry in Dementia Care author Karrie Marshall will explain her interesting and intriguing belief in the role of creativity in caring for people with dementia.
Food for Thought lets you get your teeth into some science on your lunch break; this time tackling physical chemistry with respected popular science writer Prof Peter Atkins of the University of Oxford. In this bite-sized yet insightful introduction to a branch of chemistry often perceived as daunting Peter takes in physics, mathematics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistics, explaining in the process the cultural contributions physical chemistry has made to our understanding of the natural world.
Join Dr Watson and Nurse Treat It Better in our special teaching hospital as they meet a range of comedy patients who illustrate common ailments. This fast moving and hilarious show demonstrates how your body is put together and why it’s so important to keep it in shape.
Venue: Summerhall: Summerhall
Make your own enchanting expanding book out of folded paper, card and string. We'll provide recycled materials, and show you how to create your own unique book. Price includes entry to Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire
Venue: Summerhall: Dissection Room
Ever wondered how Triceratops trotted or Spinosaurus sprinted? If you’re an aspiring palæontologist, or just curious about the locomotion of long extinct beasties, join Dr Phil Manning (BBC One’s Walking With Dinosaurs) one of the UK’s leading dinosaur detectives to unpick how dinosaurs made their moves! Presented by The University of Manchester and The Science and Technology Facilities Council.
In the Far North of Sweden, Laponia is one of the best preserved wilderness areas in Europe but also home to the Sami People. How are conflicting interests between traditional reindeer-herders and conservationists being resolved? Film and discussion chaired by anthropologist Prof Tim Ingold, with live music from Jarnna.
Venue: Summerhall: Main Hall
A unique introduction to programming as you create your very own tartan using simple code. Print your design and take it home to show off your newfound programming knowledge to your family and friends. Great fun and no previous experience required.
Venue: Summerhall: Summerhall
Join us for a great introduction to the art of bookbinding. Use our collection of cereal boxes and scrap paper to hand-bind a mini notebook, to take home for your own use or as a lovely gift. Price includes entry to Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire
Comic books are filled with mutants; heroes and villains whose special abilities are genetic in their origin. Simon Watt tackles the big questions: what are real mutants like, and could we use genetics to make us superhuman? Presented by Ready, Steady, Science
What DO scientists read? And what role does literature play in contemporary scientific thought and practice? Drawing on results from the ongoing What Scientists Read project, acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds and BBC New Generation Thinker Dr Sarah Dillon will be joined by two of the project’s interviewees to discuss scientists’ reading habits. Submit your ‘bookshelfies’ in advance to email@example.com and join the discussion!