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  1. 1. 1 1 The RSE For further information or to register online: or contact the Events Department: The Royal Society of Edinburgh 22–26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ telephone: +44 (0) 131 240 2780 textphone: +44 (0) 131 240 5009 fax: +44 (0) 131 240 5024 email: Tickets and BookingHow to bookLectures & Discussion ForumsRSE Lectures and Discussion Forums are open to all and normally free to attend,* butregistration is required. To register please contact the Events Team (details found onpage 1). Please note that many RSE events run to full capacity. If, at any time, you booka place at an event but are unable to attend, please inform the RSE Events Departmentso that your place can be reallocated.ConferencesRSE Conferences usually carry a registration fee, please see individual events forregistration details.*Some Lectures and Discussion Forums may carry a charge to attend; please see individualevents for registration details.
  2. 2. 3 3 RSE @ Dumfries and Galloway Discussion Calendar Event Lecture Forum Conference May 11 June 11 July 11 M 2 9 16 23 30 M 6 13 20 27 M 4 11 18 25 T 3 10 17 24 31 T 7 14 21 28 T 5 12 19 26 W 4 11 18 25 W 1 8 15 22 29 W 6 13 20 27 T 5 12 19 26 T 2 9 16 23 30 T 7 14 21 28 F 6 13 20 27 F 3 10 17 24 F 1 8 15 22 29 S 7 14 21 28 S 4 11 18 25 S 2 9 16 23 30 S 8 15 22 29 1 S 5 12 19 26 S 3 10 17 24 31 August 11 September 11 M 1 8 15 22 29 M 5 12 19 26 T 2 9 16 23 30 T 6 13 20 27 W 3 10 17 24 31 W 7 14 21 28 T 4 11 18 25 T 1 8 15 22 29 F 5 12 19 26 F 2 9 16 23 30 S 6 13 20 27 S 3 10 17 24 S 7 14 21 28 S 4 11 18 254 Date: Tuesday 10 May 2011 Time: 7 pm4 Venue: Rutherford McCowan Building, University of Glasgow, Crichton Campus, Dumfries RSE @ Dumfries and Galloway Public Discussion ForumOpen to all and free to Land Use: How Do We Resolve the Never-endingattend – registration Conflicts?required Professor Roger Crofts FRSE – Chair and FacilitatorFor further informationand to book, contact The speakers’ panel will include invited experts from leading land usethe RSE organisations.This event is part of the How can the many conflicts between legitimate uses of land, fromRSE @ Dumfries and biodiversity and food production to renewable energy, be resolvedGalloway Programme effectively and provide the greatest public benefit? All those interested in land use as owners, tenants, producers, advisers and citizens are invited to join us in debating these important issues.
  3. 3. 5 Date: Monday 23 May 2011 Times: 6 pm Venue: The RSE 5 LectureOpen to all and free to The Significance of David Hume: Scepticism, Scienceattend – registration and Superstitionrequired Dr Peter Millican, Hertford College, Oxford,For further information and University of Edinburghand to book, contactthe RSE David Hume’s notorious ‘scepticism’ can seem hard to reconcileThis is a joint lecture with his enthusiastic advocacy of human science. But recentwith The Institute for scholarship has revealed a strikingly modern and coherent thinker,Advanced Studies in increasingly honoured as arguably the most significant philosopherthe Humanites (IASH) of all time. This lecture will present Hume in this light, as a scientificand supported by the revolutionary and a crucial influence on Adam Smith, Darwin,Journal of Scottish Einstein and a host of recent philosophers. It will also exhibit forPhilosophy the first time a new electronic edition of Hume’s posthumous masterpiece, the Dialogues concerning Natural Religion, whose hand- written pages cunningly encode his still-disputed attitude to religion.66 Date: Wednesday 25 May 2011 Times: 5.30 pm Venue: The RSE Discussion ForumOpen to all and free to A Healthy Message? Understanding the Historyattend – registration and Exploring the Future of Public Health Campaignsrequired in ScotlandFor further information Speakers will include experts from both the arts and humanitiesand to book, contactthe RSE and public health communitiesThis is a joint event with The core focus of this debate will be on public health strategies andthe Arts and Humanities will address topics such as: past practices and ideas that shape currentResearch Council (AHRC) messages about health and illness in public health campaigns; waysand the Scottish Funding of understanding how people experience and respond to public healthCouncil (SFC) programmes; and the place of the arts and humanities in imagining new approaches to public health.
  4. 4. 7 Date: Thursday 26 May 2011 Time: 7 pm Venue: Maxwelltown High School, Lochside Road, Dumfries 7 RSE @ Dumfries and Galloway LectureOpen to all and free to The Lowland Clearances and the Transformation ofattend – registration Southwest Scotlandrequired Professor Tom Devine OBE FRSE, University of EdinburghFor further informationand to book, contact The Clearances are always associated in Scottish traditional songthe RSE and story with the Highlands. Modern research has challenged that assumption by demonstrating the extent of removalsThis event is part of theRSE @ Dumfries and elsewhere in Scotland. This lecture will demonstrate the scale ofGalloway Programme dispossession of people in one Lowland region, explain how it transformed the way of life in the southwest forever and suggest why the Highland Clearances are remembered yet the Lowland Clearances are forgotten.88 Date: Sunday 29 May 2011 Time: 2.30 pm Venue: Lochinch Castle, Stranraer RSE @ Dumfries and Galloway LectureThis event will be taking Fantin-Latour: Flower Painter Extraordinaireplace as part of LochinchCastle Garden and Plant Professor David Ingram OBE VMH FRSEFair Henri Fantin-Latour (1836–1904) painted the most stunning picturesOpen to all – for further of roses and other garden flowers. David Ingram will take you on ainformation please email virtual guided tour of Fantin-Latour’s works, interpreting the botany andinfo@castlekennedygar- horticulture of these remarkable or telephone01776 702024 The paintings discussed by Professor Ingram, together with other works by the artist, will be on display at The Bowes Museum,This event is part of the County Durham from 16 April – 9 October 2011, in anRSE @ Dumfries and exhibition curated by Emma House. For further details of theGalloway Programme exhibition, please visit: Image of painting by Fantin-Latour, Fruit and Flowers, 1866, courtesy of The Bowes Museum
  5. 5. 9 Date: Monday 6 June 2011 Time: 6 pm Venue: The RSE 9 LectureOpen to all and free to Preventing Cancers of the Breast and Colonattend – registration by How We Choose to Live Each DayrequiredFor further information Professor Tim Byers, Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Deanand to book, contact at the Colorado School of Public Health in Denver, Colorado, USAthe RSE. In countries such as Scotland and the USA, many cancers are nowIn association with the caused by nutritional factors we can affect by our daily choices,Scottish Cancer including what we choose to eat, how much we choose to eat, andFoundation, supported by how much we choose to move about. Nearly half of all cancers of the Cruden Foundation the breast and colon are caused by these choices. This presentationThis lecture forms part of will summarise what we now know about the ways in which thesean RSE Ordinary Meeting nutritional factors increase cancer risk, and what can be done about itand so shall be preceded by choices we can make both personally and Society business, suchas Fellows signing the Roll1010 Date: Thursday 16 June 2011 Time: 6 pm Venue: The RSE Michael Shea Memorial LectureOpen to all and free Seeing Scotland Afresh - How We Look to a Changingto attend – registration Worldrequired Sir John Elvidge KCB FRSEFor further informationand to book, contact Sir John Elvidge stepped down from the post of PermanentTina Sorensen Secretary in the Scottish Government last year after a long ande: tina@international distinguished career in the civil service. In this lecture he will reflect the challenges and opportunities for Scotland in a changing world,t: 01383 861 300 both for how we see ourselves and how others see us. In particular, with the shift of economic power to the East, is it time to shift ourThis is a joint event attention more towards our growing relationships in Asia rather thanwith InternationalFutures Forum the traditional diaspora in North America? What is it that China finds so fascinating about Scotland, for example? And what are the implications for policy and for practice of taking this broader view? Image on right – Michael Shea (left) with HM The Queen at the Great Wall
  6. 6. 11 Date: Wednesday 22 June 2011 Time: Full Day Venue: The RSE 11 ConferenceOpen to all and free Your Genes and Clinical Research - Being More than ato attend – places are Guinea Pig?limited, registrationrequired The science of genes is transforming the way we diagnose and treat disease. That transformation depends on clinical research withFor further information human subjects. But would you want to be a subject? What are theand to book, contact potential benefits – and what are the risks? How can we telephone Gengage: the public benefit? Should commercial companies be involved along-0131 651 4750 side universities and the NHS? Join us to learn more about the nature and governance of clinical research, and to have your say about howThis is a joint event with it should be organised in Scotland.Gengage (The ScottishHealthcare GeneticsPublic EngagementNetwork)1212 Date: Thursday 23 June 2011 Time: 5.45 pm Venue: The RSE Public Mock Trial DiscussionFor further information Trident: The Debateand to book, contactthe RSE What should the UK do with its Trident submarines? Is there still a role for the nuclear deterrent? Can we afford it? A distinguished panelTickets – £10 of experts will debate this issue at the RSE, with an impartial ‘judge’ overseeing proceedings. The invited panel will include: The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG HonFRSE PC, Former Secretary General, NATO Professor Michael Clarke, Director, The Royal United Services Institute Lord Cullen of Whitekirk KT PC HonFREng FRSE
  7. 7. 13 Date: Saturday 25 June 2011 Time: Full Day Venue : The Old Stables, Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, Thornhill 13 RSE @ Dumfries and Galloway WorkshopOpen to all – registration Gardens in Science and Artfee applies. The meeting will be convened by Professor David Ingram OBE VMHFor further information FRSE, Honorary Professor at Edinburgh and Lancaster Universities,and to book, contact Former Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and RHSthe RSE Professor of Horticulture. Speakers will include invited experts fromPlease note that spaces the worlds of art history, botany and horticulture.are limited and will be This one-day workshop will consider some ways in whichallocated on a first-come, gardens and plants contribute to science and art. Topics discussedfirst-served basis. will include: gardens of Dumfries and Galloway; botanic gardensThis event is part of the and their collections; and gardens and plant forms and images inRSE @ Dumfries and nineteenth century paintings and decorative arts.Galloway Programme Images (centre and right) courtesy of Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, Glowing Sunflowers, 1936 – courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid1414 Date: Monday 5 September 2011 Time: 6 pm Venue: The RSE LectureOpen to all and free to Radiation and Reason: Straight and Open Thinkingattend – registrationrequired about Choosing NuclearFor further information Professor Wade Allison, Emeritus Fellow, Keble College, Oxfordand to book, contact For more than 60 years, it has been accepted that radiation, that is,the RSE nuclear radiation, is quite exceptionally dangerous. In this lectureThis lecture forms this question is re-examined and the answer is shown to be ratherpart of an RSE unexpected. This will be explained in simple terms usingOrdinary Meeting incontrovertible evidence. In the light of such fresh understanding,and so shall be nuclear technology may be welcomed and used carefully to benefitpreceded by the environment for the future without fear or excessive cost.Society business,such as Fellowssigning the Roll
  8. 8. 15 Date: Monday 26 September 2011 Time: 6 pm Venue : The RSE 15 Facing up to Climate Change Discussion ForumOpen to all and free Facing up to Climate Changeto attend – registrationrequired The Rt Hon Lord Adair Turner HonFRSE, Chairman of the Financial Services Authority (left) andFor further information Professor David Sugden FRSE, Professor of Geography, Universityand to book, contact of Edinburgh and Chair, RSE Climate Change Inquiry (right)the RSE Climate change will affect us all, for example in energy, food security, population migration and competition for resources. Scotland, given its long history as a major contributor to rising greenhouse gas levels and access to renewable energy resources, has a role to play. The RSE Inquiry, ‘Facing up to Climate Change’, sought evidence from a wide variety of people and organisations to highlight the opportunities of a transition to a low-carbon future and the barriers to change. Lord Turner and Professor Sugden will discuss what the challenges are and what the future may hold.1616 RSE @ Dumfries & GallowayRSE @ Dumfries & GallowayThe Royal Society of Edinburgh is delivering a high-quality programme of activities foryoung people and the public across the region of Dumfries and Galloway during 2010/11.The aims of the initiative are to enhance and improve the understanding and appreciationthat people, particularly school-aged children, have for their local community by:• providing a greater understanding of the area’s past and present life, as a community, existing within the context of Scotland, the UK and the wider world;• re-generating a sense of identity and civic pride, particularly among young people, by encouraging a sense of belonging to an area rich in cultural and human resources; and• providing a sound and informed basis to empower the community to address current issues related to its future development and continuing prosperity.
  9. 9. 17 17 RSE @ Dumfries & GallowayThe RSE @ Dumfries and Galloway Programme is being part-financed by the ScottishGovernment and the European Community, Dumfries and Galloway LEADER 2007–2013.Other supporters to date include:The Buccleuch Charitable FoundationThe Holywood TrustLloyds TSB Foundation for ScotlandJames Weir FoundationTo receive updates on the programme, please register your interest:contact: Kate Kennedy, Project Officeremail: 07502 111610or visit: Events for Young PeopleThe RSE is actively promoting the education of young people throughout Scotland, fromthe Borders to the Northern Isles. It has a dedicated Young People’s Programme of free,lively, entertaining events designed to stimulate and develop our young people’s interestin science, society and culture. RSE events for young people include: RSE@Schools Talks,Discussion Forums, Christmas Lectures and Start up Science Masterclasses.The RSE welcomes young people to its Lectures, Discussions and Talks. If you would liketo book tickets or make a group booking for any of the events included in this diary, pleasecontact the RSE Events Department, stating the school you are from.For more information, visit our website: contact: Maggie Twomey, Events Officeremail: +44 (0) 131 240 5035
  10. 10. 19 19 Provision of Evidence and AdviceThe Fellowship of the RSE represents a range of disciplines from the Arts, Humanities andSciences to Business and Public Service, providing a unique resource of multidisciplinaryexpertise to offer expert advice on issues from many perspectives. Key areas of activity include:• responding to Governmental and Parliamentary consultations and inquiries on national and global problems;• independent inquiries into major issues affecting Scotland – gathering and disseminating the evidence across Scotland;• holding expert seminars for Scottish Parliamentary committees;• discussions with decision makers, including Ministers;• providing access to experts from the Fellowship from whom MSPs and Parliamentary researchers can receive advice.For more information, visit our website: contact: William Hardie or Susan Lennox, Policy and Advice Teamemail: International ProgrammeThe RSE initiates and supports a wide range of activities which enhance Scotland’s involvement in globalcollaboration. Through events, strategic partnerships and publications, the RSE promotes the reputationof the nation’s research, innovation and culture. By forging effective partnerships with equivalent nationalacademies overseas, amongst others, the RSE is helping to:• facilitate two-way international exchange programmes, enabling top Scottish-based researchers, in any field, to collaborate with the best of their counterparts anywhere in the world;• promote the exchange of early-stage researchers, giving them the opportunity to experience research activities in other countries;• raise awareness overseas of some of the best of the research and innovation being undertaken in Scotland;• stimulate collaboration between centres of excellence through joint international events;• provide a forum for discussion of international affairs, Scotland’s place in the wider world, and international issues in science, the arts and letters, technology, industry and commerce.For more information, visit our website: contact: Morven Chisholm, International Relations Officeremail:
  11. 11. 21 21 Research AwardsA commitment to the future of Scotland’s social, economic and cultural wellbeing underpins theResearch Awards programme of the RSE. Each year, approximately £2 million is made availableto exceptionally-talented academics and potential entrepreneurs through the RSE. These highly-competitive schemes enable people with good ideas, across a spectrum of disciplines, to researchand develop their work, for the good of Scotland and beyond. As well as supporting academicresearch, awards are given to provide the time, financial backing and resources to commercialisepractical projects, derived from the research.Application forms and full guidelines can be downloaded from our contact: Anne Fraser or Tracy Rickard, Research and Enterprise Awards Teamemail: +44 (0) 131 240 5013/50232222FIRST-CLASS CONFERENCE VENUEThe RSE Scotland Foundation manages the Society’s conference facilities, which are situated in theheart of Edinburgh. This unique venue offers a perfect location, with a variety of rooms suitable formeetings, lectures, seminars, weddings, dinners and other celebratory events. These are backed upby modern audio-visual equipment and a full range of technical support. Catering suitable for a widerange of events can be arranged, with one of our approved caterers, and tailored to suit individualbudgets and specific requirements.For more information, visit our website: contact: Martina Hlinkova, Front of House Manageremail: + 44 (0) 131 240 5034fax: + 44 (0) 131 240 5024The RSE Scotland Foundation is Scottish Charity No SC024636
  12. 12. 23 23 Our SupportersThe RSE wishes to thank the following organisations who have supported the activities in this Diary:• Arts and Humanities Research Council • Lochinch Castle, Stranraer• Cruden Foundation • Logan Botanic Garden – A regional• Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate garden of the Royal Botanic Garden• Gengage (The Scottish Healthcare Genetics Edinburgh Public Engagement Network) • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid• Institute for Advanced Studies in the • Scottish Cancer Foundation Humanities • Scottish Funding Council• International Futures Forum • Scottish Government• Journal of Scottish Philosophy • The Bowes MuseumTo find out how you or your organisation can support RSE activitiescontact: Róisín Calvert-Elliott, Business Development and Events Manageremail: + 44 (0) 131 240 50262424 How to Find UsBy Car: Main roads into Edinburgh are the M8 from the West, the A1 from the South, and the A90,followed by Queensferry Road, from the East. Street parking near the RSE is metered until 6.30pm.Thenearest car parks are at the St James Centre, approached from either Queen Street or Leith Street, andGreenside Place car park on Leith Street. Both are a 10-minute walk from the RSE.By Bus: Edinburgh’s bus station is situated on North St Andrew Street, off St Andrew Square, which isa 5-minute walk to the RSE.By Rail: Waverley Station, which has frequent local and national services, is a 10-minute walkto the RSE.By Air: Edinburgh Airport is approximately 30 minutes transfer time from the centre ofEdinburgh. A shuttle bus service from the airport leaves every 10 minutes to Waverley Bridge, whichis a 5-minute walk to the RSE.Guidance for visitors to the RSE: The RSE provides facilities and services for disabled visitors. Pleasevisit the RSE web site or contact the Events Department for details (see page 1 for contact details).