The senses can be powerful memory triggers, eliciting both positive and negative emotions. The ‘Proust Effect’ occurs when a long forgotten smell or taste can connect us to our childhood, or a piece of music transports us back to our adolescence. Author and senses expert Dr Cretien Van Campen of the Netherlands Institute for Social Research – whose work includes both social studies and artistic projects – will explain how sense memories work, why they are special, and hopes to elicit scent memories from the audience with a range of specially concocted aromas.
Television, newspapers, glossy magazines; through the eyes of the media we have seen the obesity epidemic unfold, but what’s really happening? From genetics to food choices, join this interactive debate exploring the complex interactions that determine our weight and our waistlines. BBC’s Health Correspondent Eleanor Bradford is joined by Prof Julian Mercer of the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health at the University of Aberdeen; Dr Tony Goldstone, Consultant Endocrinologist and Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London; Dr Naomi Brooks and Dr Colin Moran, Lecturers in Health and Exercise Science at the University of Stirling.
Why is it hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be relaxed on a first date? Find out why we find spontaneity so elusive, and how early Chinese thought points the way to a happier life, encouraging us to pursue our goals indirectly. Author and academic Edward Slingerland of the University of British Colombia blends Eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us a fulfilling alternative to striving modern culture.
Venue: Summerhall: Histology 2
Sweetly roasted or full-bodied and bitter? Find out how the chemical make-up of your coffee is key to its aroma and taste. Take a break and join Prof Mike Lean, Chair of Human Nutrition University of Glasgow alongside Dr Tanita Casci, Dr Isabel Vincent and Dr Stefan Weidt and Prof Mike Lean from the University of Glasgow Polyomics group and Glasgow Science Festival for live demonstrations, talks and tasty samples.
Since we first daubed the walls of caves, humans have decorated the world around them with images of animals and plants that express a plethora of ideas. From wild animals signifying everything from time, space or death to sending messages of glory or power to contemporary cities full of plants, flowers or fruit as expressions of joy, abundance, mystery or even humor. Author, researcher and lecturer, Dr Olga Zinovieva of Lomonosov Moscow State University, shares her love of and expertise in urban development and symbolism and reveals how contemporary cities have their own ways of sculpting the biodiversity around us.
Join writers Barbara Melville and Pippa Goldschmidt to discover the secrets of scientific writing in an interactive workshop which examines a range of writing techniques used by scientists to share knowledge and critique ideas. You’ll start off by analysing narratives from scientific press and then learn how to employ precise observation to produce writing rich in detail for use in both fiction and non-fiction.
Venue: Summerhall: Histology
This session combines two easy to use computer programming platforms in a hands-on workshop. You’ll explore the fundamentals of computer programming and develop your own basic interactive application that uses sensors to control a simple game or sound synthesiser. Presented by Edinburgh Napier University.
Venue: Summerhall: Dissection Room
A sensational science show where you decide what will happen! James Piercy of Science Made Simple presents a random selection of his favourite science tricks for your amusement. Will you see the floating sausage, the burping pot or the funny forks? Take your pick then sit back and watch as the hilarity unfolds.Presented by Science Made Simple
The ubiquitous painkiller paracetamol is the cause of around 50% of poisoning admissions to hospital and approximately 150 deaths each year. Prof Nick Bateman and Dr James Dear lead a panel discussion examining the dark side of this medicine cabinet staple, looking at clinical treatments and social interventions aiming to tackle paracetamol poisoning and speculating on the potential pain relievers of the future.
This year’s Festival photography exhibition showcases the brilliant world of fluorescence and bioluminescence, and in this complimentary event, Prof Rory Duncan and Dr Paul Dalgarno of Heriot-Watt University take us on a hands-on journey through fluorescent microscopy. Light emitting molecules from coral and jellyfish have had a huge impact on biological sciences, allowing us to visualise this complex environment in microscopic scale. Explore fluorescent microscopy’s role in developments in diseases, drugs and our understanding of life itself in this presentation with interactive examples.