“Curious Minds”

“Curious Minds” is a collaborative project between PSNS and Culture Perth and Kinross.

Curious about how the World works?  Ever wondered how money spent on Research today can produce tomorrow’s new industries, new cures and new solutions for old problems?  Or maybe you are at the start of your career and figuring out whether you want to be a Rap Artist or a biogeneticist?  Maybe we can help?PSNS-CM-A5-Flyer

“Curious Minds” is an eclectic series of talks, by leading Scottish experts in their fields, exploring the theme of Contemporary Science in Scotland. But don’t expect Powerpoint slides stuffed with meaningless formulas and jargon. We have asked out experts to come along and explain their work in terms we can all understand. Quite a challenge!

The talks take place on Friday Evenings, at 7:30pm, in the Soutar Theatre of the A K Bell Library. Admission is £5 for the general public and £2 for PSNS members and registered students. School pupils are free. Tickets are available at the A K Bell Library and at www.EventBrite.co.uk

14th October: Mike Robinson, RSGS Perth: “Climate Past and Present”

The impacts of man-made climate change are already visible. Mike will present some of the compelling evidence and maybe give a vision of the future.

28th October: Matthew Jarron, Dundee: “D’Arcy Thompson – Dundee’s pioneer of life sciences”

Widely recognized as one of the greatest polymaths of all time, Thompson’s work revealed the underlying structure of Nature.

4th November: Carol Littlewood: “Barn Owl conservation in Angus”

Barn owl numbers are in decline due to a complex mix of factors including habitat loss and climate change. Carol will describe efforts in Tayside to provide secure nest and roosting sites.

18th November: Dr Steve Brussatte, Edinburgh : “Scotland’s Jurassic Park: dinosaurs on Skye”

Steve is a world famous paleontologist who has published books and appeared in TV documentaries on dinosaurs. He is going to tell us about the most recent discoveries on Skye including the Storr Lochs Monster.

2nd December: Dr Sabine Dedenbach Salazar, Stirling: “Coca is not Cocaine” and “The Peruvian Highland Clearances”

Sabine is an expert in the cultures of the Peruvian Andes. She will talk about some curious cultural parallels between Peru and Scotland.

9th December: Tom Morton: “Mud walls in the Carse of Gowrie”

Tom is an architect in Fife. He is active in the conservation of the unique historical mud buildings in the Tay valley between Perth and Dundee.

13th January: Irene Hallyburton, Dundee: “Drug Discovery in Dundee – towards a cure for Malaria”

Irene will describe the process of modern drug discovery and talk about the progress towards a cure for one of the World’s most damaging diseases.

27th January: Prof Malcolm MacMahon, Edinburgh : “Under Pressure”

What happens to the structure of minerals when they are subjected to extreme conditions – like in the centre of a planet? How do you go about re-creating those conditions in the lab? Huge lasers. Massive x-ray sources and the fastest computers on Earth. It’s geek Heaven!!

10th February: Prof Martin Price, UHI Perth : “Why Mountains Matter”

Many of us love mountains for their scenic and recreational opportunities. But mountain landscapes support a wide variety of economic activities alongside providing vital habitat.

24th February: Dr Wendy Bickmore,   Edinburgh: “Throwing Light on the Human Genome”

Wendy is Director of the MRC Human Genome Unit. She studies how genetic material is organized in the cell nucleus and how this is related to development and disease.

10th March: Erik MacEachern, Stirling: “Empowering Sustainability in Scotland” **NOTE** this talk takes place in the Perth Museum and Art Gallery and starts at 7:45pm.

Erik is Director of the Scottish Sustainability Centre. He will tell us about what can be done, and what is being done, to help us live within our environmental means in Scotland.

24th March: Prof Jim Hough, Glasgow: “Gravitational Waves”

You may have read about the recent experiment that confirms the existence of Gravity waves and hence Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The Glasgow University team helped build the detector that made the breakthrough measurement!

The talks take place on Friday Evenings, at 7:30pm, in the Soutar Theatre of the A K Bell Library. Admission is £5 for the general public and £2 for PSNS members and registered students. School pupils are free. Tickets are available at the A K Bell Library and at www.EventBrite.co.uk