The curiosities at the University of Copenhagen Geology Museum are well worth a visit if you have a free couple of hours in the city.
I have to admit, I think Copenhagen is my favourite city. My husband spent last year living there and I got to know it quite well but I never managed to visit the museum in that time. It isn’t open regular hours, so check before you go.
The view of the Botanical Gardens at the University of Copenhagen from the window of the Geology Museum.
The museum isn’t huge but there are a number of small exhibits over two floors and you can look round in an hour or two. It is located in the stunning Botanical Gardens which are well worth a walk through and, if the weather is nice, there’s a small cafe where you can buy a coffee to sit on the grass and appreciate the surroundings. The gardens are completely free to visit.
At the entrance to the Geology Museum you are greeted by the sixth largest fragment of meteorite on Earth, Agpalilik. You can touch it and have your picture taken with it, if you like. It looks like a large rock. Hard to believe that it is actually made of iron and weighs a massive 20,000 kilograms. The fragment is from the Cape York meteorite, named after the place it was found in Greenland. It collided with earth around 10,000 years ago and you can learn more about the meteorite, its discovery and formation inside the museum.
There are four main exhibition spaces in the Geology Museum at the moment. The majority of the exhibition descriptions are written in Danish and that made for a fun game of ‘guess what this is’. It helped that I was there with a geologist who could answer some of my questions. That said, the people working in the museum were incredibly helpful and explained/translated some of the information that I was particularly interested in. They are student volunteers so if you do go, make sure you do chat to them.
The tour starts in the ‘Solar System’ exhibition which includes a slice of one of the largest meteorite fragments on the planet. You may have noticed a chunk missing from the meteorite in the picture above. It’s an impressive sight. One side hasn’t been treated but the other has been polished. You can even see my reflection.
You can see dark patches in the meteorite which are the rare earth mineral, troilite. There’s a fantastic online resource, written by Danish scientists, detailing more about the solar system exhibit, the story of the meteorite fragment discovery and the work of researchers at the University of Copenhagen here.
The Solar System exhibit features videos from current research scientists which are fantastic. The videos include a story of the discovery as told by Professor Vagn F. Buchwald who found the meteorite fragment. He also explains how they created the slice of the meteorite displayed in the museum. Cutting through solid iron isn’t easy. The videos also tell stories of the importance of studying diamond dust, formed from the explosions of dying stars, which is helping us to understand the early universe.
I really liked the way this exhibition integrated physical objects with the current scientific research and the scientists involved.
The Hubble Deep Field image on the ceiling gave me some ideas for when I redecorate my bedroom too.
Moving away from space the other exhibits included a geological history of Greenland in some fantastic exhibition cases. This part of the museum is all in Danish.
Upstairs is my second favourite exhibition in the museum, Flora Danica. The exhibition tells the story of the creation and printing of the complete volume of wild plants and fungi native to Denmark. The exhibition includes unpublished works too that have been kept hidden for 130 years in a store room. Flora Danica is a real art – science collaboration from the 18th Century. You can see the beautiful images online here on the Royal Library website.
The museum also houses the All things strange and beautiful exhibition. This contains some of the rather bizarre collections and letters of the 17th Century Danish physician, Ole Worm, who’s collection of oddities made one of the first museums in the world. He had a keen interest, as a physician, in new cures from nature. Beside the objects displayed are his own interpretations of what they are, and what they meant. These include letters to Pliny the Elder about stones which guarantee to ensure ‘prophetic dreams’. Some are amusing to read but they do remind you of how we have categorised and learnt about the world around us through observation, study and communication.
A horses jaw enclosed in an oak tree root, from the cabinet of curiosities
I especially enjoyed his scientific debunking of the ‘mouse that fell from the sky’ a common myth that Norway lemmings, which have rapidly fluctuating population, were spontaneously generated in the clouds. Ole Worm disproved this by dissection, demonstrating that the lemmings have sexual organs, but he did admit that the lemmings could be swept up to the sky by the brutal Scandinavian winds to then rain down from the clouds.
‘The mouse that fell from the sky’ the Norwegian Lemming
Lastly, but by no means least. It wouldn’t be a geology museum without a minerals collection. This one didn’t disappoint and it came complete with a display of fluorescent rocks.
The Geology Museum is part of the University of Copenhagen’s Natural History Museum (which is actually made up of several museums). There’s a lot of redevelopment going on to create a large, connected, museum. The plans look fantastic and I hope I can revisit the museum when it is completed in 2017.
The museum costs:
Adults DKK 40
Children (age 3-16): DKK 25
Students at University of Copenhagen Free admission
You can also buy a season ticket DKK 140.- (adults) and DKK 75.- (children) – also valid at the Zoological Museum and to special exhibitions.
It is free for those that have purchased a Copenhagen Card.
Orkney is a place I have always wanted to visit, and if you don’t know where it is, it’s located off the North East tip of Scotland. It’s home to ancient stone circles, viking settlements and lots of excellent seafood and beer.
The science festival was great. There were public talks every day in venues around Kirkwall (the main city in Orkney). I met a few people that travel to Orkney each year especially for the science festival which usually runs in September.
I attended some great talks on diverse topics from brewing viking beer, the life of James Hutton and how a project about knitting can help us understand mathematics better (more about that here in Frontiers Magazine). My favourite talk though was given by Tom Stevenson from the Museum of Communication in Fife about the developments in communication during wartime and the role Orkney played in the world wars.
Which leads me swiftly on to some of the awesome science-y things you can visit in Orkney even if the science festival isn’t in town.
Orkney is home to the Orkney Wireless Museum this is a volunteer staffed treasure trove of anything related to wireless communication and sound. I didn’t get to spend enough time as I would have liked in here and I definitely want to return for a closer look and browse.
The museum is basically one room crammed from floor to ceiling with collections of radios, gramophones and transmitters. It’s free to visit but does take donations to help support the upkeep of the museum. They have a website with some further information about the museum and its history. Due to its reliance on volunteers you may find that the museum isn’t open when you expect it to be.. . (just a warning there). The museum is only open between April and September (like many attractions in Orkney). It is also open on a Saturday.
This is a wireless receiver from 1912. That’s over 100 years old (stating the obvious there).
As we were travelling to schools with our science show we got to visit some interesting places around the island. It’s a beautiful place and we were blessed with incredible weather. What I didn’t realise about Orkney is that it is actually a collection of islands (I thought it was just one island). Some of which are connected by bridges. These were originally constructed y by Italian prisoners of war who were held on Orkney during WW1. They were built not as bridges but by barriers to German U-boats.
The Italian prisoners of war also built this incredible Italian chapel which is well worth a drive to see. It’s really easy to get around Orkney by car. It can be really windy though!
These ‘bricks’ are all painted on.
In the area you can also see the remains of the scuttled German fleet from 1919 in Scapa Flow. These are all based around 30-40 minute drive from Kirkwall.
You can see more of my photos from Orkney by clicking on the photo below
There’s also some very interesting geology in Orkney but I think I will leave that for another trip.
This summer I spent a week in Cornwall and as always before we go on a trip I did some searching to see if there are any science-y things we could visit or see. The Eden Project is an obvious choice. It isn’t hidden, secret, or off the beaten track but for a day trip but it’s well worth a visit. You can take your dog too.
The Eden Project experience starts before you even walk through the doors of the entrance and everything (including the car parking arrangements) is carefully thought out and planned. The whole site is built on an old quarry. It’s more than just a visitor attraction too as it is a research site and social enterprise. They also host music and foody events.
Walking through the entrance you get an incredible view of the Eden Project biomes – two huge constructions that are home to the Mediterranean and Tropical zones (but more about them later).
If, over the summer holidays, you visited a service station on a motorway within driving distance to the Eden Project you will know that between July and September that it is home to DINOSAURS. There’s a dig pit, activities and talks. I wanted to see what the exhibition was all about so we joined the queue to see it. As, like everything at the Eden Project, the system is well thought out there are exhibition stands and information as you queue to see the crater of the Tyrant King. I learnt some things that I didn’t realise about dinosaurs in the queue.
T. rex had teeth the size of bananas
A Diplodocus with wind could fill a hot air balloon with one fart
Not all of our ‘favourite’ dinosaurs were roaming the earth at the same. There’s a bigger gap in time between the Stegosaurus and T. Rex than us and T. Rex
I liked the approach of putting the information and exhibition boards where people were waiting to see the main event, rather than afterwards when people want to rush off – rather than standing and waiting. *spoiler alert* if you don’t want to see what is in the lair, skip the next photo!
Next we visited the Mediterranean Biome which contains plants from Mediterranean climates. This section also has a herb garden, restaurant and plants that you can grow at home.
My favourite part of the Eden Project is in the Rainforest Biome though. It is HOT and HUMID. It’s also contains the largest rainforest in captivity, contains over 16,000 individual plants and a waterfall.
There’s a new canopy walkway where you can walk around the top of the biome. You can even visit the platform at the top of the canopy which is suspended from the roof. It’s an incredible experience but not one for those that don’t like heights. You might need to queue for this bit, but it is worth waiting in the heat to get a view of the canopy from above.
Don’t look down!
The trail to the suspended ceiling contains these information stands. I really liked this one about Mary Henrietta Kingsley.
Outside there are gardens, ferns and tips for growing your own food and veg. The shop is fantastic with lots of unusual gifts and products. I picked up a couple of books on growing your own veg. There’s also a plant shop where you can buy some of the plants in the Eden Project.
As with lots of big visitor attractions the Eden Project can get very, very busy. It was a raining when we visited. I expect on warmer days throughout the summer it might be a little quieter as everyone is at the beach! Plan to arrive early to beat the crowds and make the most of your time there. It’s massive. I’ve been twice and still not seen everything. The queues are made bearable by the use of interesting things to read and good planning!
The Eden project isn’t cheap at £23.50 for an adult ticket but you can get a £10 discount if you travel by public transport (more info on how to get there by bus, train and bike here) and 15% off if you buy your ticket online. You only need one ticket for a whole year too as it is valid for 12 months. This means you can experience the changes in the plants throughout the year! Check the website for other special discounts and voucher codes too.
Opening times can vary depending on the time of year check here for information but the Eden Project is usually open on every day of the year. There are special events that run throughout the year – see the website for more details.
A new hostel is opening at the Eden Project in October 2014. It looks great and is cheap at £12 for a bed!
Cryptozoology: Science, Pseudoscience or Something Else? A relaxed talk and Q&A with Dr Charles Paxton, Research Fellow, School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews. This discussion will explore the status of cryptozoology and ask whether the hunt for mythical creatures like the Loch Ness Monster is worthwhile.
·Wed 16th Café Scientifique 7pm Waterstones Union Bridge ABERDEEN, FREE, NO NEED TO BOOK
The Importance of Character Strengths for Learning and Success. Enjoy some science with a coffee. Speaker Nicola Gibson will discuss why your intellect is not the only thing crucial for successful learning – find out more about the other factors involved. Your personality and the way you navigate your social environment may be just as important.
The Defamation Act 2013 must be extended to Scotland. Can you join us in Edinburgh on Thursday 17th July at 5 pm?
We are bringing together lawyers, journalists, bloggers, academics, authors and members of civil society who would ike to be involved in a campaign to bring libel reform to Scotland. We want to gather examples of the libel ‘chill’ where journalists, consumer groups or scientists in Scotland have been discouraged from publishing on matters in the public interest. We would love to see as many of you as possible there.
It’s at the Saltire Society at 9 Fountain Close, 22 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TF at 5.00 pm on Thursday 17th July. Please RVSP to email@example.com
Satrosphere are celebrating all things sport this summer, taking a deeper look at the science behind sport, competition, and physical activity in our Summer of Sport Science, featuring Science in a Sport’s Kit!
Our summer programming includes brand new, on-the-floor activities and challenges testing balance, endurance, speed, strength, reaction, coordination and rhythm. A new quiz and workshops have been developed exploring a range of science and sport topics. (Great coffee shop too!)
In partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), Aberdeen City Libraries will be holding free children’s events. The activities for children of all ages will take place in libraries participating in the Wild Dolphins School Dolphin Trail and will offer an opportunity for children to hold real dolphin skulls and bones, take part in colouring in activities and find out more about dolphins from a WDC volunteer.
·FRI 18th – LET’S GET MESSY – Play 1.30-3.30 Union Terrace Gardens No need to book
Join Aberdeen Play Forum’s Play Rangers for extra messy play in Union Terrace Gardens.
Children will be able to play in a muddy puddle, mix up their own ‘magic’ potions and have fun in the ‘Mud Pie’ kitchen. You will get wet and messy! Please wear old clothing/waterproofs. Suitable for children of all ages.
Join our Victorian tour guide for an enchanting storytelling tour of the Royal Deeside exhibition. Then make you own personalised luggage tag ready for your own summer adventure. Story tours will be held at 10:40am, 11:20am and 12pm. Sign-up on the day. All activities are free and drop-in. They are aimed at families with primary school aged children, but everyone is welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Tune in to Shmu FM at 2-3 on a Tuesday (or listen again online) to hear the new TALKING SCIENCE Radio show and hear about the latest science in Aberdeen along with news, competitions and science you can try at home!
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Last week I was lucky enough to spend some time in the Natural History Museum in London with no-one else around. It’s one of my favourite places to visit in the UK and even better it is completely FREE.
If you do want to take a look around I would recommend going early in the morning to avoid the crowds. I would also recommend taking a look online and time your visit so you can attend one of the special sessions such as NATURE LIVE which run daily. At these short talks you can hear from the researchers and curators who work behind the exhibitions on display with the collections.
There is so much more to the museum than dinosaurs but it wouldn’t be right to feature a blog post without a picture of Dippy.
Speaking of collections, you wouldn’t believe it from the empty looking main hall in the photograph below but there are over 70 MILLION specimens held in the museum. 70 MILLION. Can you get your head round a number that big? I can’t. These range from giant squid to tiny specimens on microscopic slides.
I had a spare 30 minutes to take the ‘spirit tour’ at the museum which was fantastic but be warned it can be a bit gruesome (see the photo of the partially digested squid head found in a sperm whales stomach below – I would love to have one of those on my mantelpiece). I learnt a lot more about the museum from the trail and the guide was able to answer questions about the specimens and collections. The tours run daily and give a peek into some of the specimens in the museum. The giant squid was impressive but seeing some of the original specimens Darwin collected on the Beagle voyage was very special.
I also learnt that the museum uses flesh eating beetles to clean the bones of specimens and I saw a jar of sperm whale eyes. It would be a great visit for a Halloween trip.
Beyond the exhibitions that make you go WOW, OOH and EWW. The museum is also an active research institute partnering with universities around the globe to answer some of the big scientific questions from understanding complex ecosystems to investigating the fundamental geological processes that shape our planet and solar system. These questions are being answered through use of the museum collections, expertise and resources.
Darwin watching over the main hall.
The Earth Hall. Unfortunately the escalators weren’t working so I couldn’t travel through the Earth.
A partially digested head from a Sperm Whale’s stomach of course.
Disco rocks are found on the first floor of the museum.
This was my favourite exhibition in the museum which is the Images of Nature gallery. There are some beautiful drawings, paintings and visualisations of nature.
I was visiting the museum for Universities Week 2014 so there were lots of pop-up exhibitions going on including a volcano on the lawn.
A view of of the main hall from above
At the very top of the hall is a section of trunk from the giant sequoia tree. It’s HUGE and this tree was over 1300 years old when it was felled.
The museum is far to big to get round in one day. I’ve been a number of times and still haven’t seen most of the building. I’m glad I wandered up to the top of the hall to see this ceiling though.
I really enjoyed the ‘Treasures’ exhibition too and you can explore that online. It’s a small exhibition but each of the exhibits in this collection are of mind-blowingly huge significance. This includes a first edition book of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species published in 1859 and the oldest UK lion skull since the extinction of wild cave lions. I didn’t even know these were a thing.
If you walk through the doors of the Natural History Museum I think it’s impossible to walk out again without saying ‘Wow, I never knew that’.
The museum is open every day from 10 am and is FREE!
A short, informal talk and open discussion about philosophy! A great bunch of folk go along to this event. It’s really chilled out and this talk should be really interesting! The talk will be delivered by Dr Beth Lord from the University of Aberdeen. Don’t forget to get your free ticket for the finale of this season of Cafe Phi from the Belmont Filmhouse (27 June) for the ‘Where does Scott Pilgrim Live?’ with Professor Roy Cook all the way from the University of Minnesota!
Tune in for the very first in the series of Talking Science. A brand new Shmu radio show… brought to you by the Public Engagement with Research team at the University of Aberdeen (that includes me… :-/ ). I will be super impressed if anyone guesses the ‘sound of science’ challenge!!!
An informal short talk (30mins ish) with a live demo followed by a Q&A. Dr Ken Skeldon will be delivering this event (he’s done science shows around the globe!) Plenty of people come on their own to these events so don’t feel uncomfortable about just turning up. Coffee and cake available to buy from the Costa cafe.
Meet and hear from researchers looking at Motor Neurone Disease. They will be in Satrosphere all afternoon delivering talks and sharing their work! (there is a small charge for the entrance fee to Satrosphere but it’s TOTALLY worth it and their cafe is ACE). Visit the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens (that are looking beautiful at the moment) or Duthie Park (yes, all FREE)! See the Gray’s School of Art Degree Show? (not science, but plenty of awesome design to be seen there!) Open 10-5 on Saturday and Sunday
Satrosphere Science Centre have loads of events and exhibitions going on throughout the week and weekend including their ‘minibeast little scientist days’, the ‘grey matters’ family show and the ‘we are aliens’ planetarium show! Some charges do apply and check here for full details.
Today I took a stroll through the beautiful Cruickshank Botanic Gardens in Aberdeen. The gardens are free to visit and open every day in the summer from 9am until 7pm. More information about the gardens including an interactive online map for those not lucky enough to be in Aberdeen can be found here.
If you visit the gardens during the week you might catch a glimpse of some of the researchers working in the greenhouses. There’s lots of active research in soil and food sciences at the university going on and you can read some more about it here.
There’s a cafe sci talk on soil science later in the year too!
And just to prove that the gardens are in Aberdeen because you might not believe me….
There are benches in the garden where you can sit and have some lunch so they are perfect for a picnic on a sunny day!
I visited Bioparc Fuengirola on a trip to Spain in May 2014. I went with my family and it’s a great place to visit for a few hours. I think we spent about 3-4 hours there but you could do the whole thing in two hours or so! It’s easy for prams to get around and we saw lots of family groups with young kids and grandparents in tow.
I would recommend taking the lemur tour which runs hourly from the big Baobab tree and is on a first come, first served basis. You don’t get many chances in life to get close to lemurs!
The plant life, layout and design of the park is great. I like the way they have used bamboo and wood to create the enclosures. My dad made friends through the glass with this Fulvous Whistling Duck.
You can get close to many of the animals in the enclosures. I think the bird enclosure was my favourite. You can walk through and the birds are roaming throughout the space.
It’s in this area we also saw the famous baby Java mouse-deer also known as SUPER CUTE TEENY TINY DEER. Here’s a picture of one of the parents having a wee (I always manage to capture special moments with my camera). The newborn was hiding in the corner so I couldn’t get a photo.
I’ve written about zoo’s and attractions before on my previous blog. I don’t like seeing animals in captivity especially animals like chimps, orangutans, big cats and gorillas. I do know they do play a role in conservation and awareness but I am not sure where the line between exploitation and education is. I’m not an expert in this area and I would like to hear from anyone who can share information about how the bioparc operates and performs on their care of animals and feeds back into conservation efforts. Is there a rating system for zoos?
There is a striking information point in the middle of the park that shows images of animals housed in small concrete cafés in zoos (possibly Fuengirola zoo) and how zoos have moved on from that era. Still, seeing a tiger pacing up and down its enclosure still feels a bit sad to me.
The parc has many interesting species of ducks, birds, bats (fox bat!) and deer. Various snakes, turtles, tortoises, crocodiles (including a Pygmy one). Also, a Pygmy hippo which was hiding sleeping user a bridge so I didn’t take a photo. There was only one spider at the zoo, like most places they could make more of their creepy crawlie and bug section.
The parc has lots of trees so is mostly shaded which you will be thankful for if you visit in the summer heat! We used some of the big leaves to shelter from the rain (rain in SPAIN)!
The cafe at the parc is good and reasonably priced for a tourist attraction. I had a bioparc sandwich which had salad, mayo and chicken sandwiched between 3 slices of toast with a soft fried egg poking through.
The park is easily walkable (5mins) and is signposted from the train station in Fuengirola. The park is open every day other than Christmas but the opening times vary based on the season. See the website for full details.
Special night time park visits run in July and August.
It’s €17.90 for an adult ticket but there are concession and children’s rates available. You can also buy yearly passes to the zoo.
This box of awesomeness has been created to get children aged 4-10 excited about the universe. Created by the very cool sounding ‘Universe Awareness Team’ the box contains a range of activities and props including a solar system, globe and activity book. It includes everything a teacher or kids group leader would need to run over 40 activities and inspire the young ‘ens. The wonderful Abi Ashton who is working on their Kickstarter project which is aiming to get the Universe in Box to underprivileged communities around the globe said she liked the box because it is, “lo-tech and can be used anywhere in a hi-tech world (particularly because places with less technology tend to be richer in astronomy resources- less light pollution)” You can support their Kickstarter project here and get your own Universe related goodies in return and be happy knowing that you are supporting a fantastic project. Because the Universe should be universal…… AND if you are a big kid that wants to nosy you can try out and look through the activities online here.
That questions in science haven’t changed much since 1791….
In 1791 on the 25 September. The AberdeenMedico–ChirurgicalSociety posed the question
‘Exercise as a Preventative of and remedy in diseases.’Much like the Cafe MED we hosted on Monday night titled Exercise and Health. Although the Medico-Chirgical society had a very strict policy that only members could discuss matters. Now we involved the public. I know this because you can have a nosy at all the minutes and information from the society in the published online archives here which I thought was pretty cool.
The Society of Biology have launched a competition for school age children to create art work based on biology. They want people to film themselves creating their works for the competition which closes in August. There are lots of resources for those wanting to participate (including group leaders and teachers) on their website. For some bio-inspired art check out Artologica on Etsy who creates some awesome art works.
The 6th of May is the start of the University of Aberdeen May Festival MAY-HEM. There are LOADS of events taking place for adults and families across the weekend. Lots are bookable in advance but there are lots of drop in sessions too. I’ve rounded up my picks of the bunch below.
These events still have tickets available but they are going really quickly so book fast to avoid disappointment! I am volunteering at the festival and have helped to organise a number of events and I will be around the whole weekend and for plenty of the MAY-HEM events too. Click the title for links through to further info.
A night of image based presentations from a number of different speakers in Aberdeen showcasing interesting music, photography, stories and projects. Always good fun and always a great mix of ideas. Talks will include space art, music, vegan food and a whole lot more!
Aberdeen Skeptics present another laid back talk and discussion night. This time with Dr Alex Sutherland who will explore the strategies used by those who believe in prophecy to perpetuate their belief, using the Scottish Highlands’ Brahan Seer legend as a model.
The MAY FESTIVAL 2014 – 9th – 11th May – ALL EVENTS ARE TICKETED!
In WWI there were huge numbers of casualties, but surprisingly around one third of all deaths were due to hidden killers – infections. This talk will explore the fatal culprits involved and how infections could have been prevented
With the help of one of Scotland’s leading population statisticians and a panel of experts, this event thematically debates the underlying changes which have made Scotland a more cosmopolitan, vibrant and diverse nation. How have these new Scots, including our thriving Asian and Polish communities, added to our national distinctiveness?
Hear short (3 min) talks from postgraduate students at the University of Aberdeen about their research subjects. – this session should be good and a very good chance to hear from some of the possible professors of the future.
Project Wild Thing is the hilarious, real-life story of one man’s determination to get children out and into the ultimate, free wonder-product: Nature. Film Screening followed by a discussion. Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature. The film is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature.
Professor Miedzybrodzka, Co-director of the University of Aberdeen Centre for Genome-enabled Biology and Medicine and Clinical Director for NHS Grampian Genetics Services, will describe how state-of-the-art genetic testing is personalising everyday medical care, helping people to make life choices and improving the health of the people of Scotland.
Neil Fachie was born with a degenerative eye-condition known as Retinitis Pigmentosa. This talk seeks to explain how sport has helped him realise this needn’t be a limiting factor in his life. A light-hearted look back at his life to date, culminating in Paralympic success at London 2012.
THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME! Bright Club returns for 2014. It’s a comedy night with a difference.. featuring sets from researchers from the University of Aberdeen (you might well see one of your current/old lecturers on stage) and the amazing Eleanor Morton. Bright Club is where brains and comedy collide to bring you an entertaining night of laughs and new ideas.
Debate! What really impacts on our health and wellbeing? Is it down to the food on our plates or the money in our pockets? Does environment matter more than exercise? Come and join a lively panel debate featuring wide-ranging views on the tough questions concerning the wellbeing of people in Scotland. With Dr John Bone (Sociologist, University of Aberdeen), Dr Sandra Carlisle (Anthropologist, University of Aberdeen), Ewan Gurr (Trussell Trust Scottish Coordinator) and Ally Prockter (Head of Community, Aberdeen Football Club). Chaired by the BBC’s Health Correspondent Eleanor Bradford.
With so many hot potatoes here, one can only speculate how Professor R. J. Berry will grasp the nettles! But grasp them he will. Known for his scientific acumen as well as his Christian faith, this lecture will promise much for the scientists and the Christians as well as the undecided!
DEBATE! We’ll explore the basic question of whether developing technologies can really keep the lights on? A panel of industry and academic experts will discuss the challenges and what energy choices might look like in the future. A lively afternoon with plenty of time for audience comments and questions. With Professor Jim Anderson, John Scrimgeour, Dr Euan Bain (all University of Aberdeen) and Jeremy Cresswell (Editor, P&J Energy Supplement). Chaired by the BBC’s Eleanor Bradford.
DEBATE! Expert scientists present what’s known about common kitchen bugs that can cause serious illness to you. Take part in a discussion to find out the best way to stay safe in your kitchen. Presented by Professor Hugh Pennington (Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology, University of Aberdeen), Professor Norval Strachan, Dr Kenneth Forbes (both University of Aberdeen) and Dr Kevin Pollock (Senior Epidemiologist at Health Protection Scotland).
The Independence Referendum is the single most important constitutional issue in the United Kingdom’s history since its inception. Journalist and broadcaster David Torrance, acclaimed for his political biographies, uses his latest book, The Battle of Britain, to set the scene for a May Festival debate with a panel of distinguished guests.
There are LOADS of exhibitions taking place too – I will be putting a separate post for those up as you do not need to book to see them.
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