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January 2018
Event Title Venue Date Availability
Lessells Workshop 2018
Interested in applying? Come along and speak to us with any questions you might have about the Lessells Scheme. Find out more about the application process, including the eligibility criteria, types of visits supported and selection processes. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear from past awardees about their experiences with the scheme as well as meet the Selection Committee. Please feel free to bring your application forms to ask questions. Please note: Attendance is free, but registration is essential. Tea/Coffee and Refreshments provided. 11am - 12pm
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
26 January 2018 Places Available


February 2018
Event Title Venue Date Availability
RSE @ Inverness - 'Dino Digs and Monster Myths'
10am - 4pm
Speakers include: Lari Don, Author (pictured); Dr Stephen Brusatte, University of Edinburgh; Dr Charles Paxton, University of St Andrews; Adrian Shine, Loch Ness Project.
Further contributors to be announced

Join us at the Inverness Town House for the RSE @ Inverness Dino Digs and Monster Myths Family Event. The event will consider how myths, legends and scientific enquiry have combined to fascinate and inspire our ancient ancestors through to current generations.

Interactive activities, talks and panel discussions suitable for all ages.
Inverness Town House
High St
INVERNESS
IV1 1JJ
UNITED KINGDOM
3 February 2018 Places Available
Scotland's land: successes and failures, challenges and solutions
The RSE / Peter Wilson Lecture - 6pm
Professor Roger Crofts CBE FRSE, FRSGS, FCIEEM, Chairman of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

The talk will begin by celebrating Scotland’s natural assets. It will question whether all that has happened in recent times is beneficial and whether we would now have acted differently. Key inherited and current challenges will be addressed, including industrialisation of land use and ignorance of natural processes, lack of space for nature and species debates. Solutions will be set out demanding more integrated ways of planning future land use, developing a package of practical mechanisms and addressing polarisation of attitudes.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
27 February 2018 Places Available


April 2018
Event Title Venue Date Availability
Variation in Scots
Discussion Forum - 6.30pm
Professor Jeremy Smith FRSE, Professor of English Philology, University of Glasgow (Chair);
Professor Robert McColl Millar, Professor in Linguistics and Scottish Language, University of Aberdeen;
Professor Jennifer Smith, Professor of Sociolinguistics, University of Glasgow;
Bruce Eunson, Scots Language Coordinator, Education Scotland;
Michael Hance, Director, Scots Language Centre; and Alice Heywood, Learning Officer, National Library of Scotland

According to the 2011 Census, around 30% of the Scottish population speak Scots and it is an integral part of the country’s culture and heritage. But, with a range of distinct regional and local variants spoken, how is the language being preserved for future generations on a local and national level? Join our panel as they discuss the structure, history and evolution of the Scots language and its contribution to Scotland’s identity and future.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
25 April 2018 Places Available
Innovation in Organ Transplantation
Discussion Forum - 6pm
Professor David K C Cooper, Professor of Surgery, University of Alabama and co-Director of the Xenotransplantation Programme;
Professor Steve Wigmore, Chair of Transplantation Surgery, University of Edinburgh;
Professor Stuart Forbes FRSE, Professor of Hepatology and Director of the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh;
Professor Nawaar Al-Attar, Director of the Scottish National Heart Transplantation Centre, Golden Jubilee Hospital, Glasgow;
Mr Gabriel Oniscu, Chair of the Research Innovation and Novel Technologies Group.

This event will explore cutting-edge innovations in organ donation and transplantation, which are transforming the lives of thousands of patients. The distinguished panel of speakers will take you on a journey exploring the state-of-the-art in surgery and transplantation; novel technologies to improve organ function; new sources of organs; and approaches to repairing damaged organs using stem cells. The forum will cover many types of human solid organ transplantation and also touch on novel developments, including xenotransplantation.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
26 April 2018 Places Available


May 2018
Event Title Venue Date Availability
The Design and Construction of Queensferry Crossing: A Unique 3-Tower cable Stay Bridge
The 2018 Annual RSE/RAEng lecture - 6pm
Naeem Hussain, Arup Fellow and Arup’s Global Bridge Leader

The Queensferry Crossing is a 3-tower cable stay bridge with stay cables crossed at midspan to stabilise the central tower. This is the first use of crossed cables on a large bridge , resulting in 3 slim mono towers that are visually sympathetic to the existing 2 towers of Forth Road Bridge and the 3 cantilevers of the railway bridge. The lecture will describe the evolution and development of the design which was driven by the engineering, operational and aesthetic requirements.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
1 May 2018 Places Available
The Idea of Accountable Office in Ancient Greece and Beyond
Joint Lecture with the Royal Institute of Philisophy - 6pm

Professor Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Director of the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

In one of his definitions or accounts of a constitution, or politeia, in Politics Book III, Aristotle defines a constitution as an ‘order’ taxis of ‘offices’. A constitution is an organisation that transmutes what would otherwise be sheer power into the lineaments of authority, by defining offices in terms of expectations and practices of accountability. Beginning from the aftermath of a period of unaccountable power in ancient Athens, this lecture explores the price of unaccountability – when officials are in power but not in office – and how accountability can be restored.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
22 May 2018 Places Available
City Analytics
Full Day Conference plus evening lecture - £50 Full Rate - £30 Student
In today's digital, multi-sensored world, cities have become 'living laboratories', providing a range of data streams around urban life.
What new opportunities arise from these rich data sources; what novel mathematical models and computational tools are required; and what are the relevant data-privacy issues?
A range of speakers from academia and beyond will address these challenges. In addition to computer science and the mathematical sciences, the event will involve and reach out to researchers and practitioners in energy, health, transport, security, commerce and local government. The conference aims to explore opportunities and challenges around the use of rich and varied data streams, to improve quality of human life in urban areas across the world.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
30 May 2018 Places Available
Urban Analytics: what does Mathematics tell us about Human Behaviour and Social Change?
Lecture - 18.00
Mathematical analysis of social structures, discernible within data arising from online conversations, allows us to do many things. We can use such data to suggest if there are similarities or differences between various cities.
Are all cities the same? Should experience in social interventions be transferred from one city to another? Mathematical concepts such as scaling laws allow us to predict and infer matters. Mathematical models such as walks around peer-to-peer networks allow us to identify key influencers.
This talk is a tour of ideas, analytics and applications that are relevant to modern businesses and institutions.
Participants at the City Analytics Conference wishing to attend this lecture should choose to register as part of their conference registration.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
30 May 2018 Places Available


June 2018
Event Title Venue Date Availability
Is Cancer Genetic?
Joint Lecture with the Scottish Cancer Foundation - 6pm
Sir John Burn, Professor of Clinical Genetics, Newcastle University

Every year, a third of a million people in the UK are told they have cancer. At one level, every cancer is genetic, because genes controlling cell division fail. In around 1 in 30 people with the commoner cancers, one copy of a gene is not working correctly from conception. Any cell that loses the remaining working copy can become a cancer. There are around 120 genes in this group, most notably the 'breast cancer' genes BRCA 1 and 2 and the less well-known mismatch repair genes. More than 300,000 people in the UK are carriers. Can we find them? Can we protect them? Can we learn from them how to reduce the cancer burden on the rest of the population?
The answer to all three is 'yes'.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
25 June 2018 Places Available