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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 EDINBURGH
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 EDINBURGH
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 EDINBURGH
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
1 May 2018 Not open for booking
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Organic Optoelectronics: Lighting Up the Future
Symposium- 9.00am

The aim of the meeting is to bring together leading experts from Japan and Scotland to discuss the current research landscape of organic optoelectronics and its applications. This symposium will also provide the opportunity to engage with RSE and JSPS on their current initiatives and activities enabling international collaboration in this area.
Royal Society of Edinburgh EDINBURGH
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
3 May 2018 Places Available
Energy Inquiry Engagement Event - Glasgow
The RSE’s Energy Inquiry aims to contribute to the important debate around Scotland’s energy supply, demand and use; a debate that needs to recognise our moral and environmental responsibilities. It will also look to inform the policy and decision-making at a Scottish, UK and international level that will ultimately decide whether the path Scotland chooses to follow provides the resources needed at acceptable financial, moral, ethical and environmental costs. As an important part of the RSE’s major Inquiry into Scotland’s Energy Future, members of the Inquiry Committee will be travelling across Scotland to engage with different communities. This evidence gathering session will: Explain the background to the Inquiry, why it is taking place, and what it hopes to achieve; Look to gather the views and experiences of communities on energy issues affecting them on both a local and national level; Provide the opportunity for attendees share their thoughts on the 15 questions posed by the Inquiry in its consultation; Ultimately help inform the final report published by the RSE on Scotland’s Energy Future.
No current address details exist. 3 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 EDINBURGH
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
SICSA PhD student rate - Free (30 places only)

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 EDINBURGH
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 EDINBURGH
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 EDINBURGH
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
EDINBURGH
EH2 2PQ
UNITED KINGDOM
25 June 2018 Places Available