“Curious Minds” is back for our 4th season! The last three season have had a great reception both from our audiences and from our speakers. In fact, several of our guest speakers have commented that Curious Minds is the best community-based Science Lecture series in Scotland!! This year, we have another stellar cast of guests from Universities and Research labs all over the country. From micro-biology to asteroid mining via children’s fashion and the enduring mystery of consciousness – we have something to stimulate everyone’s intellectual curiosity.
Oct 11th: Dr John Grigor, Abertay University “A Matter of Taste”.
John is a food scientist who specialises in our sensory perception. Why do some foods taste and feel so good? What if it was possible to make a plate of kale as compelling as that box of Malteser’s?
Here is some background information on John
Oct 25th: Dr Clare Taylor, Napier University “Using bacteria to fight antimicrobial resistance”
AMR is one of the great challenges of our time. Clare works with Salmonella and Listeria bacteria and hopes to develop new diagnostic tools and antimicrobial therapies.
Nov 8th: Prof Colin McInnes Glasgow University “Engineering in Space”
Space-based technologies, like GPS, are already part of our daily life. But Colin is working on emerging technologies including solar sails, swarms of smart-dust devices to monitor solar weather and methods for mining valuable minerals from asteroids.
Nov 22nd: Prof Emily Cross, Glasgow University “From Social Cognition to Social Robots”
Emily studies how humans interact with robots and Artificial Intelligence. As well as offering a peek into the future her work reveals fundamental insights into human social cognition.
Dec 6th: Dr Heidi Burdett. PSNS MacAlpine Lecture. “Scotland’s Answer to the Great Barrier Reef”
Heidi is an expert in Marine Coastal Science. She dives dives amongst the kelp forests and coral reefs off Scotland’s coast, studying the role that these beautiful ecosystems play in global carbon recycling.
Tickets available here.
Dec 13th: Prof Bruce Whitelaw, Roslin Institute “CRISPRing Livestock”
CRISPR is a genome editing technology. Bruce will tell us how this brand-new technique is already being applied at Roslin to produce pigs that are resistant to a dangerous respiratory infection.
Jan 10th: Prof Michael Wheeler, Stirling University “Understanding Consciousness: Neuroscience versus Philosophy” When we asked Mike to talk about Consciousness he was hesitant. It remains one of the most difficult subjects to pin down. However, he offered to come along and present some of the competing ideas – as long as we don’t expect a definitive answer!
Jan 24th: Prof Gordon Cook, Glasgow University “Recent advances in Carbon Dating”
Carbon dating has been an essential Archaeological tool for decades but advances in technique and statistical data analysis have improved accuracy and allowed the method to be applied to a wide variety of problems.
Feb 7th: Prof Ian Toth, James Hutton Institute “Pests, Pathogens and our Food Security” Ian is a bacteriologist at the Hutton Institute leading a group working on plant pathogens. He is one of the leaders in the field of Integrated Pest Management research – building a toolkit of solution to help farmers implement sustainable solutions for pest management.
Mar 6th: Prof Aude le Guennec, Heriot Watt University “Fashion and the Social Development of Children”
Aude is a fashion anthropologist who specialises in understanding how the clothes that children wear can have a profound influence on their development and socialisation. She is currently curating “Dressed for School” for presentation at the French National Museum of Education in 2021.
The talks take place on Friday Evenings, at 7:30pm, in the Soutar Theatre of the AK Bell Library. Admission is £6 for the general public and £2 for PSNS members and registered students. School pupils are free. Tickets will be available at e-Computers on Kinnoull St in Perth and at www.EventBrite.co.uk (Search for PSNS Curious Minds).