Mysterious creatures in the Loch, the science of learning and libel reform..Events this week

Mysterious creatures in the Loch, the science of learning and libel reform..Events this week

Free summer science fun in Aberdeen (and beyond) for adults, families and children. There are walks, talks, drop-in sessions taking place. The messy play sounds like awesome fun.
 
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The Winter Gardens at Duthie Park (Great if the weather is bad!)

 

·        Tues 15th Café Scientifique 7pm Waterstones INVERNESS, FREE, NO NEED TO BOOK
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. 
·        Thurs 17th – Bringing Libel Reform to Scotland (EDINBURGH) 
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 cpeters@senseaboutscience.org
FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES
·        EVERY DAY – Satrosphere Science Centre (££) SCIENCE IN A SPORTS KIT
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!) 
·        WED 16th Wild Dolphin Activity Day 14:30 – 17:00 Bridge of Don Library (DROP IN)
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.

·        SAT 19th – Day Tripper Family Fun event 10:30-12:30 Aberdeen Maritime Museum (DROP IN)
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.
·        SUN 20th – Duthie Park Ranger Service Environment Day – 12:00- 4.00 Old Bowling Green Duthie Park
Join the Duthie Park Rangers and Special Guests for an afternoon of fabulous family fun!
Not interested in a talk? Why not visit Aberdeen Maritime Museum, the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens or Duthie Park (all COMPLETELY FREE)! There are organised walks taking place around Aberdeen all summer. There is a small cost for them but you might find something new! 
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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Free COOL stuff in Aberdeen this week 16-22 June!

Free COOL stuff in Aberdeen this week 16-22 June!

Looking for something new and FREE to do this week in Aberdeen .. there’s LOADS on so there are no excuses for being bored!  

Monday 16th June – Cafe Philosophique ‘Is Equality Good for Us?  The Blue Lamp 7pm, FREE just turn up! 

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! 

Tuesday 17th June – Shmu FM The very first ‘Talking Science’ Radio show! 2-3pm

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!!!  

Wednesday 18 June – Cafe Scientifique ‘ Danger High Voltage’  Tesla’s Contribution to Society (FEATURING A TESLA COIL DEMO!) 7pm Waterstones FREE 

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.
At the weekend.. 

Why not take part in a ‘Civic Hacking’ event and help improve the city of Aberdeen? (FREE but registration required

Saturday 21 June – Meet the Scientist event during MND Awareness Week 

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

Exhibitions..

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.

Seventeen (Belmont street) ‘Breathless Breastless‘ A breast cancer awareness art exhibition (10 -5 every day, 10-4 Sunday)

Kings Museum, Old Aberdeen, Exploring the concept of time ‘Victorian Time: Spirit of the Age’ (10-4 Monday -Friday, 11-4 Saturday) 

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(almost all) Completely FREE stuff to do in ABERDEEN this week.. MAY FESTIVAL PICKS

(almost all) Completely FREE stuff to do in ABERDEEN this week.. MAY FESTIVAL PICKS



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. 
MAY-HEM

Tues 6th PechaKucha Aberdeen 7pm Belmont Cinema, FREE, NO NEED TO BOOK
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!
Thurs 8th The Brahan Seer Legend 7.30pm Cellar 35, FREE NO NEED TO BOOK (get there early!)
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! 
Friday 9th May
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. 
Descriptor is in the title! Should be an interesting talk! 
Saturday 10th May
Natural Produce Market 10-4 (drop in)
Drop in and BUY FOOD! Taking place in Elphinstone Hall
Step into the bus outside Elphinstone Hall. Come aboard our new mobile bone health truck GO-MOBILE, bringing latest scanning techniques for osteoporosis to doorsteps across the North of Scotland.

David Bond: Project Wild Thing 1.30 – 3.30 pm (£6/£4)
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.

Genetic Testing for You? 1.30 – 2.30 pm (FREE)
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.

Bright Club 8.30 pm – LATE! (£6/4)
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.
Sunday 11th May  
Hack ‘n’ Make Faire 10-4 (drop in)
FREE. Drop in and make cool stuff all day! 

Step into the bus outside Elphinstone Hall. Come aboard our new mobile bone health truck GO-MOBILE, bringing latest scanning techniques for osteoporosis to doorsteps across the North of Scotland.

Health or Wealth 12 – 1.30 pm (FREE)
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!
Energy versus Anxiety 2 – 3pm (FREE) 
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.

In Conversation with Kate Adie 3 – 4.30 pm (£10/£8)
Kate Adie blazed a trail for journalism, and for women, reporting live from war zones and hot spots around the world.

Kitchen Killers 4.30 – 5.30 pm (FREE)
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 Battle for Britain 6 – 7pm (£6/4)
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.
I produce lists of events going in Aberdeen that sound interesting and are a bit science-y. Seen any other interesting events that I haven’t mentioned? Email me!

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(ALMOST ALL) FREE stuff to do in Aberdeen this week! 26th April – 2nd of May!


A lecture by Sandy Hobbs of the University of the West of Scotland. What is an “Urban Legend”? “The Boyfriend’s Death” is the name given by scholars to a tragic story found in many locations, including Scotland. Like other tales of uncertain origin but told as true, such as the Vanishing Hitchhiker and the Choking Doberman, it is often referred to as an “urban” or “contemporary” legend. However, the term “urban legend” has no agreed definition and it is widely used to refer to any widely believed false belief. Sandy Hobbs considers several stories which might usefully be called “urban legends”, including local legends from the North-East, such as Downie’s Slaughter and the Boddam Monkey. He suggests that such tales are best understood in the light of the social psychology of conversation and of memory.


Not interested in a talk? Why not visit Aberdeen Maritime Museum, the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens or Duthie Park (all COMPLETELY FREE)! 

And if you don’t even want to leave your house you can check out virtual exhibitions in Aberdeen too! 


The George Shepherd Pharmaceutical Collection consists of a virtually complete Victorian pharmacy interior and business archive unique in the UK (the LEECHES jar looks very similar to lots of the storage tins in John Lewis…) . The collection was donated to Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums by George Shepherd, one of the last directors of the successful Aberdeen pharmacy business Davidson & Kay. You can view all the images online! 

Booking for the May Festival 2014 is now open. Get tickets now for things like BRIGHT CLUB 2014 (where researchers do comedy) and check out all the MAY-HEM events coming up! 


Seen any other interesting events that I haven’t mentioned? Email me!

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COMPLETELY FREE stuff to do in Aberdeen this Week! (April 18th – 25th)

COMPLETELY FREE stuff to do in Aberdeen this Week! (April 18th – 25th)

  • GM crops: Raking up the facts  with Professor Howard Davies James Hutton Institute. Come and discuss the science behind the GM crop headlines. Always plenty of opportunity to ask questions at these events (and this should be a great debate!)

    • 23rd April – Lunchtime talk! 30 YEARS OF ABERDEEN MARITIME MUSEUM 

    John Edwards 12.30-1pm  Booking essential call 01224 337714 


    Seeing into old age – Dr Karin Pilz School of Psychology University of Aberdeen – vision often worsens with age but is it the eyes always to blame? Come and discuss the role of the brain in vision-related changes during healthy aging. 

    Aberdeen had witches?! Whaaat! And witchcraft trials??! Whaat! This talk is free (in a cellar), there’s no need to book – just turn up and there will be  drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic available to purchase. 

    An exclusive, expertly guided tour of the British Museum’s new blockbuster Vikings exhibition. Featuring BIG SHIPS and insight into how these great warriors shaped our modern lives. Also featuring Professor Neil Price from the University of Aberdeen

    The Inaugural Jim Petrie Lecture, delivered by Professor Hans Hogerzeil. Organised by the Medico-Chirurgical Society. Free but you can book places by email or phone 01224 437104.


    Not interested in a talk? Why not visit Aberdeen Maritime Museum, the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens or Duthie Park (all COMPLETELY FREE)! 

    And if you don’t even want to leave your house you can check out virtual exhibitions in Aberdeen too! 


    The George Shepherd Pharmaceutical Collection consists of a virtually complete Victorian pharmacy interior and business archive unique in the UK (the LEECHES jar looks very similar to lots of the storage tins in John Lewis…) . The collection was donated to Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums by George Shepherd, one of the last directors of the successful Aberdeen pharmacy business Davidson & Kay. You can view all the images online! 
    Booking for the May Festival 2014 is now open. Get tickets now for things like BRIGHT CLUB 2014 (where researchers do comedy) and check out all the MAY-HEM events coming up! 


    Seen any other interesting events that I haven’t mentioned? Email me!

    Interested in keeping up to date? Subscribe to this blog here by entering your email in the box on the right of the screen! 

    (mostly) FREE stuff to do in Aberdeen this week (April 10-17th) !

    (mostly) FREE stuff to do in Aberdeen this week (April 10-17th) !

    • A talk about Fungi (TONIGHT) 7.30 pm Zoology Lecture Theatre Tillydrone Avenue ABERDEEN
    This talk introduces the diversity of the kingdom of the fungi and explains how these extraordinary organisms are functioning all around us.By turn fascinating or feared; hopefully you will leave thinking the fungi more friend than foe.

    • Simon Singh is here this weekend for an event with Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub and British Science Association (but unfortunately this event is sold out already)

    You might normally associate biology with how your heart works, or with the creepy crawlies found at the bottom of your garden but this exhibition explains how biology is related to our everyday lives through agriculture, biotechnology, our food and our well-being. There’s a picture of a Highland cow too so it must be good.

    • CafeMED Monday 6pm is All about how we use blood donations (where do they go?) FREE 6pm Suttie Centre 
    It’s 100 years sience the first blood transfusion. With over two million blood donations in the UK last year alone, we’ll discuss what happens to donated blood and the pros and cons of transfusion. With Professor Mark Vickers and Dr Henry Watson. Cafe MED is a short talk followed by a Q&A there are refreshments available.



    Booking for the May Festival 2014 is now open. Get tickets now for things like BRIGHT CLUB 2014 (where researchers do comedy) and check out all the MAY-HEM events coming up! 


    Not interested in a talk? Why not visit Aberdeen Maritime Museum, the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens or Duthie Park (all COMPLETELY FREE)! 

    Seen any other interesting events that I haven’t mentioned? Email me!

    Interested in keeping up to date? Subscribe to this blog here by entering your email in the box on the right of the screen! 

    Things to do in Aberdeen at the beginning of April

    Things to do in Aberdeen at the beginning of April


    Looking for something new in Aberdeen this April?… Here’s a round up of exciting goings on that you might want to check out… 

    Friday 4th April – Engineering in the Ancient World: Building the Parthenon 
    New Kings 10 7.30 pm- Free Tickets here


    A FREE (whoop) talk about engineering in history on a Friday night. No prior knowledge of subjects required. 


    7th -11th April – Easter Science Club 
    Satrosphere Science Centre


    Various workshops, fun and games with science for kids of all ages. More info here.


    Saturday 12th April – The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets with author Simon Singh 


    A talk followed by a Q&A. Suitable for adults and teenagers. Book signing will be taking place after the event in the Cineworld bar. Event organised by Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub and British Science Association Branch in Aberdeen. 

    Not interested in a talk? Why not visit Aberdeen Maritime Museum, the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens or Duthie Park (all COMPLETELY FREE)! 

    Seen any other interesting events that I haven’t mentioned? Email me!

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    National Science and Engineering Week – Recap

    National Science and Engineering Week – Recap

    I had a fantastic time during National Science and Engineering Week in Aberdeen. There were far too many events for me to review individually. But I did manage to record some of them and I will link to those as soon as I am able to get them online.

    I thought I would do a little re-cap of some of the new things I learnt during the week…

    • Once again the importance of evidence based medicine was discussed at CafeMED when speakers shared their current research into finding cures and robust methods of diagnosis for Parkinson’s disease
    • I finally understood (with the help of a rubber band) why there are Northern Lights, at Cafe Scientifique Inverness . I also learnt that we might not understand as much as we do about the Northern Lights if it wasn’t for the Norweigan scientist Kristian Birkeland who developed a method of fixing nitrogen from air for fertiliser production and used the money from that to carry out his research into the Northern Lights (there’s several blog posts worth of material from this one talk!) 

  • I found out how shark immune systems are similar to our own and how their immune systems can be used to generate cures for human disease (like cancer) at Cafe Scientifique Aberdeen with the fantastic Helen Dooley.  
      • I learnt how time was decided and rolled out across the UK (and finally how it reached Aberdeen) at the final Discovery Gallery talk in Aberdeen. 
      • Could too much fat be bad for your brain (and memory) as you get older? The talks at Bring Your Own Brain got me thinking….
      On Saturday, I had an amazing time talking to people; scientists who had volunteered their time and visitors to Satrosphere Science Centre for the Discovery Day.
      Unfortunately, I had too much fun during the week and started to feel a bit ill so I have spent the weekend recovering.
      If you missed NSEW 2014 don’t worry, there are plenty more events taking place in Aberdeen in April! 
      I will also update this page with links to further pictures, summaries, podcasts and videos when they appear online! 
      National Science and Engineering Week in Aberdeen

      National Science and Engineering Week in Aberdeen

      National Science and Engineering Week starts this week in the UK.

      There’s a whole programme of interesting speakers, workshops, hands on activities for people of all ages covering a HUGE array of topics taking place all over the UK.

      There are lots of free events in Aberdeen and there is a lovely shiny brochure! All put together by the British Science Association Branch in Aberdeen (disclosure, I am a branch member).

      Nearly all events are free and most don’t even require booking so there is no excuse not to try out something new this week.  

      If getting outdoors is your thing why not join the forestry commission in the woods? or take a walk in the gardens? Or if you want to experience some science while relaxing with a coffee then there are talks from researchers covering the latest findings and thoughts on topics such as Parkinson’s Disease to talks on the history of how we mapped the globe. These are all taking place at various locations in the city every night next week. We will even have a visit from the children’s book author Lucy Hawking (daughter of Stephen).

      Don’t miss Discovery Day either, this is a chance to visit Satrosphere Science Centre (FOR FREE) and mingle with scientists and researchers, watch some science shows and try your hands at some fun activities and exciting challenges.

      Hope to see you there! 

      Free COOL stuff in Aberdeen this week!

      Free COOL stuff in Aberdeen this week!

      Looking for something new and FREE to do this week in Aberdeen? 

      Tuesday 18th Feb – Cafe Controversial ‘buy one throw one out’ Satrosphere Science Centre 7pm, just turn up! 

      A short, informal talk about how we solve the problems of food waste – is it all the fault of supermarkets? Talk (30mins ish) followed by a lengthier Q&A with coffee (and awesome cakes and tray bakes available to buy). No prior knowledge of subjects required. 

      Wednesday 19th Feb – Cafe Scientifique ‘What the Frack?’ Waterstones, Union Street 7pm, just turn up!

      A short, informal talk (30mins ish) followed by a lengthier Q&A with tea and coffee available to buy. No prior knowledge of subjects required. There should be an interesting discussion at this one!

      Thursday 20th Feb – Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub ‘Why women want fake looking breasts’ The Bar Below, Belmont Cinema, 7.45 pm, just turn up!

      A straight talking short talk (45mins) followed by a Q&A with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks available. Suitable for an over 18s audience due to adult themes. Plenty of people come on their own to these events so don’t feel uncomfortable about just turning up!
      At the weekend.. Why not visit the Aberdeen Maritime Museum for an exhibition on astronomy (FREE), or the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens or Duthie Park (yes, all FREE)! 

      6pm, Suttie Centre Cafe Foresterhill Health Campus

      Hear from researchers and clinicians in the same place to discuss the past, future and present of dealing with male cancer and how those affected and their families cope. 
      Short, informal talks (15 mins each) followed by a lengthier Q&A with coffee and tea available to buy. No prior knowledge of subjects required. 

      Seen any others that I haven’t mentioned? Email me!