How do different cosmologies affect the way we treat the environment? Chair Dr Jeremy Kidwell of The University of Edinburgh leads speakers Dr Fazlun Khalid of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Studies and Dr Mark Harris of the School of Divinity at The University of Edinburgh in discussion with other guests as they examine how the cosmologies of the world’s religions affect human behaviour, and what this means for evidence-based science. Then have your say as he opens the discussion up to the floor and asks what you think, believe and feel.
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
Venue: Summerhall: Dissection Room
Life began soon after the Earth’s tumultuous formation, and has evolved into an astounding array of complexity – the only living things in the known universe. But how did the first organism emerge from the geochemistry of the capricious young planet? What ingredients – from all around the Solar System – conspired to form a system capable of sustaining the spark of life continuously for four billion years? Author, broadcaster and geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford quizzes Dr Zita Martins, Royal Society University Research Fellow at Imperial College, and Glasgow University’s Regius Chair of Chemistry, Prof Lee Cronin, on the bleeding edge theories and experiments that are probing the biggest question of all: the origin of life.
Help our chemists celebrate International Year of Crystallography! Crystals are all around us but how are they made and why are they useful? Grow your own crystals, look at these fascinating structures under the microscope, and discover how crystals can help us understand our world. Presented by The University of Edinburgh.
Join Benny and Jack on a journey of discovery as they learn what children in different places around the world are up to exactly the same time. Why is one child getting up just as another goes to bed? Mindboggling questions about day and night are answered in this colourful and interactive show.
Venue: Summerhall: Main Hall
200 years ago, Scottish geologist James Hutton suggested the Earth was very, very old. 4,600 million years old in fact! But how big a calculator would you need for all those numbers? Help us find out as we build an earth clock, marking events from dinosaurs’ extinction, to human evolution, right up to the present day. Presented by Our Dynamic Earth.
Venue: Summerhall: Histology
Design, programme and present your very own video game using just an Xbox 360 controller. This session will show you how to add objects, multiple characters and scoring elements and create pathways to build a fun and challenging game to share with your family and friends. Presented by ComputerXplorers SEScotland.
Dr Bruce Durie is one of Scotland's best-known genealogists, who just happens to also have a background in molecular biology. Genealogy is a science, and DNA testing is an increasingly important technique, when combined with traditional document-based research. Bruce will explain the different types of DNA testing used in family history research, what information each test actually provides, and how not to fall into the trap of over-interpreting the results.
Bouncing bogeys! It’s the Easter bogey bunny. TV’s Dr Bunhead (Brainiac, Blue Peter) explores the science of Easter things: chocolate eggs, bunnies and some added bogeys. Featuring exploding eggs, chocolate flame throwers, stunt bunnies fired into space and loads more dangerous science. ‘Silly, crazy, dirty, dangerous and magnificent.' The Daily Telegraph Presented by The University of Edinburgh.
Venue: City Chambers: Main Chamber
For the past two decades, Mary Abukutsa-Onyango, Professor of Horticulture at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, has dedicated herself to finding sustainable solutions to the double burden of obesity and malnutrition that challenges the African Continent. At a time when obesity is rising at an alarming rate, and with it diet-related diseases like diabetes, cancers and cardiovascular disorders, her inspirational Medal Address sets out a proposed solution. Advocating strategic repositioning of nutrient-rich African indigenous vegetables, she explains how farming and consumption of this ‘treasure’ holds the key to longterm food security for the continent and for better health, nutrition and improved livelihoods for millions of people. Oration from Prof Louise Heathwaite and vote of thanks from Sir Muir Russell.