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Inverness Science Festival Lecture Series

Opening lecture:  Celestial Landscapes: Art, clouds and science

29 April 5:30pm - 6:45pm followed by Q & A.

Dr Eddie Graham - University of the Highlands and Islands / Royal Meteorological Society. 

Clouds cover 40-50% of the Earth’s surface at any one time – yet, how often do we get the chance to pause from our busy schedules and look-up to fully appreciate the beauty and spectacle of our ever-changing celestial landscape? In this lecture, Dr. Eddie, will show, with the aid of photographs and time-lapse animations, how an initial aesthetic appreciation of clouds can quickly translate into a enhanced understanding of the meteorology and science behind clouds, by simply ‘looking at them from both sides’

(Coffee and Tea available prior to the event.)

University of the Highlands and Islands STEM Hub, Inverness Campus.



Forensics of a Crime Scene

2 May 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Prof Dave Barclay, Consultant Forensic Scientist, will give a talk on how we use forensic science to investigate murders, illustrated by appropriately gory crime scene photographs. Please be warned that the presentation is therefore not suitable for children. Dave will finish with an unscripted Q & A session so when you arrive have a question prepared to put in our box!

Auditorium, Centre for Health Science, Old Perth Road, Inverness

Booking essential at Eventbrite

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHARGES A £1 CAR PARK CHARGE. Exit tokens can be purchased at the appropriate vending machine.

Summing up the Floods - the maths of a flood scheme

3 May 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Carolyn Cload will give a verbal journey describing the development of the River Ness Flood Alleviation scheme, from inception to construction, highlighting how the practical use of maths was critical throughout the process.

University of the Highlands and Islands STEM Hub, Inverness Campus, Inverness


Highland Scientists

4 May 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Highland Archive Centre in partnership with Inverness Local History Forum present Anne Fraser, Family Historian of the Highland Archive Service who will discuss the contribution Highland Scientists have made to our scientific knowledge.

Spectrum Centre, Margaret Street, Inverness


The Periodic Table: Heroes and Villains

4 May 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Dr Anthony Luke will give a tour of the ‘Periodic Table of the Elements’, meeting its heroes - the great scientists, whose discoveries have taught us so much about the world and universe around us, and its villains – the toxic, radioactive and downright horrible stuff lurking within the table.

University of the Highlands and Islands STEM Hub, Inverness Campus, Inverness

The Patient Pathway: From The Theatre Of War To Daily Life

4 May 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Accompanied by a reservist from 205 (Scottish) Field Hospital, Cait McCullagh, Curator, will present this joint lecture on the role of the military in advancing medical practice, in the field and in society.  Inspired by the experiences of Private Murdo MacRae, who fought with the Seaforth Highlanders in 1914, and whose collection of convalescent craft is held at Inverness Museum, this lecture will also cover the procedures in place for those wounded in present day conflicts.  There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation.

Room to Discover, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Wynd.


Everything you wanted to know about sugar but were too afraid to ask

5 May 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Dr Ian Megson University of the Highlands and Islands Chair of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Science explores the relationship of humans with sugar….and reflects on how an essential fuel can be detrimental to health.

University of the Highlands and Islands STEM Hub, Inverness Campus, Inverness

Big Bang Chemistry Show

6 May 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The festival has invited Dr David Fowley back to give his explosive Royal Society of Chemistry Christmas lecture. This interactive lecture really was a real blast last year with the schools audience so David has agreed to open it to all. Come along and see just how exciting chemistry can be. 

Tea and Coffee will be available (Charleston Botswana School Support Students)

Charleston Academy, Inverness

Pie and a Pint

6 May 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Bookable Raspberry Pi sessions (45 minutes for each). SCDI have organised Raspberry Pi and Code Bug workshop.  There  are three sessions consist of three exciting activities on programming with Raspberry Pi :

  • How to make a Tweety Pii
  • Burping Jelly baby
  • How to use a Code bug

Session Times
4:00pm - 4:45pm
5:00pm - 5:45pm
6:00pm - 6:45pm

The sessions have a limited number of spaces so booking is essential at Eventbrite


University of the Highlands and Islands STEM Hub, Inverness Campus, Inverness