On Saturday 29 September 2018, as part of a wider programme of events throughout Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) will welcome members of the public into its historic premises. As well as a self-guided tour, there will be a number of special activities taking place in the building throughout the day. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the work of the RSE, with a focus on young people, through talks and displays as well as a short video highlighting the RSE’s current activities.
There is no need to book, just come along on the day. The doors will open at 10 am and the last entry will be at 4 pm. A cafe serving refreshments will also be open.
Further information about other organisations and buildings taking part in Doors Open Day 2018 can be found here.
A programme of talks for the day is available below:
Dr Kate Saunders: Supervolcanoes
Supervolcanoes are the largest and potentially most catastrophic volcanic eruptions witnessed on Earth. Kate Saunders and Rebecca Astbury will investigate the eruptions that shaped the landscape of New Zealand and delve inside supervolcanoes using modern geochemical forensic techniques.
Dr Patrick Harkness: Exploration in Extreme Environments
Patrick Harkness and Charles Cockell discuss some new technologies for the exploration of space, and the applications they have already found on Earth.
Dr Pamela Anderson: Space for Everyone
Pamela will discuss why we go into space, the information we gleam from space exploration and its uses and benefits. This includes space spin-offs and the everyday, often unexpected, items we use that have stemmed from space. The discussion will showcase the importance of space exploration to our life on Earth and the upcoming opportunities in the UK for the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Dr Alan Gow: Staying Sharp
As we get older, we often experience changes in our thinking and memory skills. We don’t all experience these changes in the same way though: some of us retain our thinking skills into later life while others experience specific changes. Alan Gow and Adele Taylor will talk about the lifestyles and behaviours that might help us to “stay sharp”.
Professor Francisca Mutapi: The worm that ate my homework
Francisca Mutapi’s 11-year-old daughter, Nyasha Woolhouse, will discuss how parasitic worms can affect all aspects of children’s health, as well as their performance in school.
Professor Roy Burdon: Artists for Science – what have artists contributed to scientific knowledge?
Roy Burdon will highlight the contributions of artists in the areas of body mapping; revealing wonders of molecular structures; exploration of nature’s pharmacy; journeys of discovery; illustrated books of natural science; and participation in conservation projects.
If you require further detail about the day, the Public Engagement team can be contacted on 0131 240 5028.