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.
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.
Ever wondered if there is more to Dracula than a pale complexion and difficulties shaving? Join vampirologist Kathryn Harkup for a spooky tour through the history of vampires with frightening folklore, blood sucking bats and sinister scientific stories.
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
Directly or indirectly, most of us will be affected by heart disease at some time, and it is the main cause of death in Scotland. But what causes a heart attack and how is science helping to defeat this killer disease? In the first of our 2014 Healthy Lunches series – in which we explore important health-related topics in vibrant lunchtime events – Dr Peter Henriksen and Dr Nick Mills, cardiologists at Edinburgh Heart Centre explore how scientific endeavour and research has driven our understanding of the causes of coronary heart disease and led to the selection of safer and better treatment.
Prof Richard Wiseman’s entertaining and informative beginners guides are back for another year... Join Richard in discussion with earth scientist and broadcaster Hermione Cockburn (BBC, Coast) as they travel back through geological time to find out about our planet’s fascinating past. Along the way discover how geology began here in Edinburgh 200 years ago, what it takes to become a fossil, who found the first dinosaur and why landscapes look the way they do.
Venue: Summerhall: Dissection Room
What is the most notorious problem in the history of mathematics, surrounded by one of the greatest stories imaginable? In the second of this year’s popular Beginners’ guides, writer and broadcaster Simon Singh shares the answer to this riddle with Prof Richard Wiseman. A fascinating story of beautiful and intriguing problems, tormented mathematicians and a challenge that confounded the world's greatest minds for 358 years, Simon will explain explains what the theorem is, who invented it, who eventually proved it. Plus how learning about Fermat’s Last Theorem taught him, a physicist, to love mathematics for its own sake.
Venue: Summerhall: Main Hall
A unique opportunity to make your very own animation, inventing new ways for the human body to do extraordinary things. Whether it’s a robotic arm or a drink that gives you super human speed, animators from Red Kite will help you bring your ideas to life in a short animation to be hosted online.
Maths is boring – ARE YOU KIDDING?! Simon Pampena is the Maths Man. He's a curious kid turned mathematical superhero. Join him on an intergalactic audio-visual adventure as he conquers the Planet of the Primes.
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.