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May 2017
Event Title Venue Date Availability
Living an Ethical Life
18:00 to 19:30


Peter Singer, Ira W DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, US; Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia

One of the world's leading moral philosophers, Professor Singer will explore what it means to live ethically in the 21st Century.
Peter Singer first became well known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. Since then, he has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books. In 2005, Time Magazine named Professor Singer one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2012, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the nation's highest civic honour.

Please note change of venue, from Royal Society of Edinburgh, to George Square Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh.

University of Edinburgh (George Square Lecture Theatre)
Room 2.201
George Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9LH
UNITED KINGDOM
25 May 2017 Fully Booked
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July 2017
Event Title Venue Date Availability
What Keeps You Sharp?
19:00-21:00

People often think of changes in their thinking skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not. What Keeps You Sharp? was a nationwide survey about people's beliefs and attitudes to how thinking skills might change with age. Join Dr Alan Gow to explore the questions "How do our thinking skills change as we age?" and "Do our lifestyles affect those changes?". Come and hear what people think about their thinking skills, see how your beliefs match those of the general public, and see how all that matches current evidence.
Castle Douglas Town Hall
1 St Andrew Street
CASTLE DOUGLAS
DG7 1DE
4 July 2017 Places Available
The Global Cancer Burden: Necessity is the Mother of Prevention
18:00-19:30

The number of new cancer cases worldwide is escalating. Combined with spiralling treatment costs, no country will be able to treat its way out of the cancer problem. Consequently a higher priority must be placed on prevention. Much is known already, with typical estimates of 30-50% of cancers potentially preventable. However, the aetiology of some common cancers remains obscure while studies to establish effective interventions are lacking. Discoveries in cancer biology offer exciting opportunities to study the causes, early detection and prevention of cancer to complement the benefits to be gained in personalized medicine.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
10 July 2017 Places Available


September 2017
Event Title Venue Date Availability
Putting the 'f' in chemistry: Molecular exploration through the footnotes of the periodic table and our nuclear waste legacy
18:00 to 19:30


Professor Polly L Arnold FRSE FRSC Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

The subtleties of structure and bonding in compounds of uranium, the heaviest naturally occurring element, and its neighbours in the f-block are still poorly-understood. A fundamental understanding is needed to develop environmentally cleaner ways to extract technology-critical rare earth metals, and for the safe, long-term handling of our nuclear waste legacies. Drawing on our research to make exotic new molecules from these metals, this lecture will explore what chemistry can teach us about these complicated but important metals.

Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
18 September 2017 Places Available


October 2017
Event Title Venue Date Availability
Battling Killer Fungi
18:00-19:30

Fungi cause more than a billion skin infections, more than 100 million mucosal infections, 10 million serious allergies and more than a million deaths each year - more than deaths due to malaria, TB, HIV or breast cancer. This largely unrecognised major threat to human health is a huge burden to health care budgets worldwide. To address this threat we are taking advantage of our research about how fungi cause disease to design novel fungal diagnostics, and new antifungal treatments.

Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
23 October 2017 Places Available