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Inverness Science Festival 2020 - Science @ Home

Normally during the Inverness Science Festival we host a range of public science lectures showcasing research from around the Highlands and Islands and beyond. Unfortunately, this year we can’t be together in person, however, some of our speakers have agreed to utilise technology and record mini science lectures whilst in lockdown in their own homes!

Public Lecture Series

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Friday 1 May

How can we tell how much it rained 1000 years ago?

Video Lecture

Wednesday 6 May

The Origin of The Elements: The Big Bang, Stars and Supernovas

Video Lecture

Friday 8 May

A Very Nervous System

Video Lecture

Wednesday 13 May

Engineering Our Net-Zero Future

Video Lecture

Sunday 17 May

Science Pub Quiz

Pub Quiz

In addition, a number of University of the Highlands and Islands researchers have recently taken part in the BBC Radio Program, Brainwaves. Register for BBC Sounds and listen or download the programs for FREE!

BBC Brainwaves Episode

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How can we tell how much it rained 1,000 years ago?

How can we tell how much it rained 1,000 years ago?

Speaker: Dr Robert Jamieson

This talk introduces the ways that climate researchers use natural archives to reconstruct past climates.

Dr Robert Jamieson is a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Leeds, who uses stalagmites to reconstruct past rainfall over the last two millennia.

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The Origin of The Elements: The Big Bang, Stars and Supernovas

The Origin of The Elements: The Big Bang, Stars and Supernovas

Speaker: Dr. Anthony Luke

We are all familiar with the Periodic Table of the Elements, but where do the Elements come from? In this lecture Dr. Anthony Luke takes us all the way back to the Big Bang and then through the birth, life and death of stars to show where the atoms we all know come from.

Speaker Biography: Originally from Middlesbrough in North-East England, I caught the science bug at an early age. I achieved my degree in Chemistry at Newcastle University and then moved to Durham University where I undertook my PhD research : trying to make magnets which contain no metals. Had I succeeded, I would be delivering this lecture by satellite from my own private island with its own swimming pool made out of solid gold. I may have failed, but I made lots of wonderful, strange new compounds along the way. Then followed 25 years’ service in Local Government, doing everything from air pollution monitoring to catching and prosecuting fly tippers, before I became a Chemistry teacher.

Watch the video of Dr Luke's Lecture here!

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A Very Nervous System

A Very Nervous System

Speaker: Dr Ryan McLean

A Very Nervous System will examine the Immune System, the Brain and how new, and some not so new, experiments have shown that these two systems can interact in surprising ways.

Speaker Biography: Dr Ryan McLean is a post-doctoral researcher in the Genetics and Immunology Group of the University of the Highlands and Islands, where he completed his PhD. Ryan studies how the immune system might be able to contribute to  the development of schizophrenia. He first became interested in the field of Neuroimmunology during his undergraduate studies at the University of Keele.

Want to find out more? Dr McLean has provided this reading list:

 

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Engineering Our Net-Zero Future

Engineering Our Net-Zero Future

Speaker: Dr Alison Auld

Last year global awareness of the climate change crisis increased dramatically.  People power and scientific evidence led to governments declaring net-zero carbon reduction goals.  Scotland is at the forefront of this with the Government committed to net-zero emissions by 2045.

What does “net-zero” mean and what will our daily lives look like in 2050?

We will take a look at where greenhouse emissions come from across the whole of our society. Then we’ll go through the engineering and technology solutions that already exist and what still needs done.  We’ll investigate specifically heating our homes and our industry and evaluate the engineering solutions to do this without carbon emissions.

Speaker Biography: Alison is an engineer who has specialised in renewable heat.  She’s spent her career to date working in research, government and industry. Using her experience from all of these areas she looks at the reality of moving to a net-zero carbon future.

 

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Science Pub Quiz

Science Pub Quiz

Do you know your axon from your elbow? If so then join us for our anual Inverness Science Festival Pub Quiz!

Hosted by researchers from University of the Highlands and Islands and with topics ranging from High School science to the latest news; from the miniature world of microbiology to the vast depths of space, there is something for everyone!

This year we are going virtual. So grab a piece of paper and a pen and fight for the right to be named the 2020 Inverness Science Festival Quiz Champion!

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Saving the planet one pill at a time

Saving the planet one pill at a time

Professor Stuart Gibb, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director of Environmental Research Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands, talks about how pharmaceuticals are polluting the environment.

Listen to Professor Gibb as part of this BBC Brainwaves episode:

Saving the planet one pill at a time

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A Monster of a Loch

A Monster of a Loch

Explore the science of Loch Ness with Professor Eric Verspoor, Director of Research at the Rivers and Lochs Institute, Inverness College, UHI, and Professor Mark Inall a lecturer in Marine Physics, Scottish Association for Marine Science, UHI.

Listen to Professor Verspoor and Professor Inall’s contribution to the BBC Brainwaves episode:

A Monster of a Loch

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Beautiful bogs and precious peatlands

Beautiful bogs and precious peatlands

Dr Paul Gaffney, Hydrochemist Researcher, and Dr Roxane Andersen, a Senior Research Fellow, both from the Environmental Research Institute, UHI, explore the links between climate change, and the ability of the Flow Country to store carbon.

Listen to Dr Gaffney and Dr Andersen's contribution in this BBC Brainwaves episode:

Beautiful bogs and precious peatlands

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Talking to a Physical Oceanographer

Talking to a Physical Oceanographer

Professor Stuart Cunningham is a Physical Oceanographer from the Scottish Association for Marine Science, UHI.

Here Professor Cunningham speaks about sea gliders, sailing, ocean currents and climate change in this BBC Brainwaves episode:

Talking to a Physical Oceanographer

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