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.
Around one in six people In Scotland will have a stroke at some point, with about 12,500 having one every year. The damage caused by a stroke can be widespread and long lasting, and rehabilitation can be slow but it is the topic of much on-going scientific research. Join Dr Nick Ward from the stroke research group at the UCL Institute of Neurology as he explores the reorganisation of brain networks to support recovery; and hear from Dr Gillian Mead from The University of Edinburgh who will discuss the importance of exercise after a stroke.
Who is best placed to write about science for the general public – scientists, who know what they’re talking about; or writers, who know how to express ideas clearly and readably? Our panel of distinguished authors have written books about botany, chemistry, alchemy and scientific history and biography. Join them for a conversation about knowing and communicating. Are they scientists, or writers, or both? Hosted by Stranger Than Fiction, Edinburgh’s only organisation devoted to writers of non-fiction.
Venue: Summerhall: Dissection Room
So you’ve found a healthy, fertile mate, you’ve fought off your rivals and you’ve convinced them that you are what they were looking for. Sorted! But the reproductive race is far from over, my friend. We have entered the realms of Sperm Warfare. Join biologist, writer, science communicator and TV presenter Simon Watt (Inside Nature's Giants) to learn about the devious tricks used by cells, organs and bodies to win the race to fertilisation.
Venue: Summerhall: Dissection Room
Frogs are brilliant, but sadly they are dying out. In this comedic lecture, biologist, writer, science communicator and TV presenter Simon Watt (Inside Nature’s Giants) explains why frogs are better than most people he knows, exploring some of the amazing ways studying them has changed the world and showing why we should be protecting this fascinating, if often freaky, animal. Join the frog fan club.
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.
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.
Dr Audrey Cameron and Gary Quinn are Brainy and Brawny as they demonstrate science experiments in British Sign Language. Join them to discover exploding pop rockets, how to make elephants’ toothpaste and other magic in a special interpreted event accessible to everyone. Presented by Science Shows in BSL.
Scientific research is no longer confined to the lab: people from all walks of life are using their time, energies and abilities to join the worldwide citizen science revolution. In this family-friendly event, researchers from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) are joined by seasoned citizen scientists to explore the principles of the work. Get involved and discover local projects that are enabling ordinary people to make extraordinary contributions to scientific understanding.