Curious times, curious minds: join the RSE’s virtual events programme this Summer!

The RSE today launched its second annual summer events programme “Curious”, curated to make us think about the world around us.

Running from 7-30 August, the series will take place completely online, and will offer the chance to engage with some of the RSE’s Fellows, who are world leading experts. Topics will be as diverse as how robots learn to speak, what happens when we die, curing cancer and how the creatures that exist only in movies are given a voice.

This year’s programme includes ‘Tea and Talk’ events, a format inspired by the coffee house discussions of the Scottish Enlightenment where people would gather to debate issues of the day. The one-hour long sessions will take place at 3pm every day on Zoom (except for 8th and 30th August) and there are 25 in total to choose from. They are free to attend, but places are limited to facilitate an intimate experience for participants.

Some larger capacity events will also take place, with Baroness Ashton giving the RSE’s annual MacCormick lecture on the future of foreign policy, and a panel discussion with author Val McDermid about the representation of science in fiction.

Programme highlights include:

  • We’ll all die one day, so let’s try to make sense of it — Professor Scott Murray FRSE, University of Edinburgh
  • The sounds of movies, games, and TV series — Orfeas Boteas, Founder and CEO of Krotos studios and RSE Enterprise Fellow
  • Breath and sleep workshop – Professor Laura Gonzales, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Fact or fiction? Panel event with Val McDermid FRSE, Professor Niamh Nic Daéid FRSE and Professor Lorna Dawson FRSE discussing the representation of science within fiction.
  • Saving the oceans with law and science — Professor Marcel Jaspars FRSE, University of Aberdeen
  • Menstrual health: still taboo? Are we making progress? — Professor Hilary Critchley FRSE, University of Edinburgh

Dr Rebekah Widdowfield, Chief Executive of the RSE, said: “The RSE has always been dedicated to ‘making knowledge useful’, and the best way to do this is to share it with the world. We are therefore delighted to be running Curious for a second year, bringing some of Scotland’s leading thinkers and practitioners together with the public for an informal conversation, which this year will be entirely virtual.

“We’ve lined up some incredible speakers covering a diverse range of topics in what promises to be a programme as exciting and thought-provoking as ever.

“Curious times call for curious minds, so grab a drink, join us online and get Curious!”

Events will take every day during the three-week run. You can view the full line up and book your place here.