At the Branch AGM on 3rd July 2019, the decision was taken to close the Branch. The reasons for this are contained in this press release.
The Branch committee regret this course of action, and will continue individually to support the public science engagement events which take place around Tayside and Fife, including Cafe Science Dundee.
National science events continue to be supported by the British Science Association.
We’re very pleased to be rounding off our 2018-19 lecture season with a special lecture by Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee, titled Forensic Science Serving Justice: Looking to the Future.
When we use science in the service of justice we expect it to be of the highest quality and deliver results in the most robust way possible. But is this really true? What is forensic science really and how do forensic scientists do their work? How does the interaction between the law and science work? How can citizens get involved in the scientific research work that is needed to underscore the evaluation and interpretation of evidence recovered from a crime scene, suspect or victim – or should we even be asking this question?
Dundee is at the centre of a forensic science revolution and evolution as the profession needs to regather itself to be fit for the 21st Century and the digital age. This talk will examine what forensic science is, where the strength and limitations are and how we can open up new and exciting possibilities for creating more robust science in the service of justice.
The lecture, which is free and open to all, will be held in Lecture Theatre 4 of the Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, Dundee on Wednesday 12 June 2019, starting at 7.00pm.
Our March lecture A Compass Always Points North – Or Does it? is on the theme of geophysics, when our guest speaker Dr Ciaran Beggan of the British Geological Survey will be exploring the long-term changes in the Earth’s magnetic field that give rise to effects such as the drift of the magnetic poles and magnetic reversals.
The lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 4 of the Dalhousie Building of Dundee University, on Old Hawkhill, beginning at 7.00pm. The lecture is free and open to all.
We are most grateful to the British Geological Survey for their support of this lecture.
The next lecture in the 2018-19 series, Reducing the Global Burden of Crop Pests and Diseases, is given by Professor Ian Toth of the James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie.
Food crops support a growing global population of over 7 billion yet pests and diseases destroy a third of crops each year — equivalent to a billion tonnes — even before harvest. Professor Ian Toth will discuss the challenges of reducing crop losses while protecting the planet from increasing agricultural pressures, and will consider the question ‘are these two challenges compatible?’
This lecture has been very generously supported by the Scottish Society for Crop Research.
The lecture, which is free and open to all, will be held in Lecture Theatre 4 of the University of Dundee’s Dalhousie Building on Old Hawkhill, on Wednesday 20 February at 7.00pm.
Our first public lecture of 2019 will be given by Dr Kimberley Bennett of Abertay University, who will be discussing how seals can help us monitor the state of our plastic-polluted marine environment.
‘Seals as Sentinels of Ocean Health: Understanding the Harmful Effects of Plastic POPs and Pills’ is at Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee on Thursday 24 January, starting at 7.00pm. Admission, as always, is free.
Having highlighted some of the major scientific achievements of the past 50 years in our last lecture series, we now look ahead to the coming decades with this panel discussion and Q&A session. Experts from a range of fields will share their thoughts on the significant developments in science and technology we might expect to see in the near future, in response to questions and comments from the audience.
Come along and find out what the future might look like!
The Futures Forum will be held in Lecture Theatre 4, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, on Tuesday 6 November at 7.00pm.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Branch, our public lecture series last year looked back at key developments over those 50 years. This year’s programme continues the anniversary including a public discussion event which will look ahead to science and technology developments we may see over the next 50 years, and a lecture on a topic proposed by our audience.
Our opening lecture on 3 October 2018 will be Cardiovascular Disease: Go with the Flow by Professor Faisel Khan from Ninewells Hospital and Medical School – Disease of the heart and blood vessels can begin early in life, well before the development of clinical signs, such as a heart attack or stroke. Prevention of cardiovascular disease is of great importance and a major challenge in achieving this is our understanding of the underlying biology involved in development of the disease.
This lecture will be held in our new regular venue – University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 4, starting at 7pm.
We’ve now reached the final public lecture in our special 50th Anniversary series, which has been taking us through the most significant scientific discoveries and developments of the last five decades. Having traveled from the early days of planetary exploration in the 1970s to the sequencing of the human genome in the 2000s, what better way to celebrate the decade of the 2010s than the discovery of the Higgs boson and the new window on the Universe this has opened up?
Our speaker will be Professor Aidan Robson from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Glasgow University, and the lecture is titled The Matter of Matter: the Large Hadron Collider, the Higgs boson, and Beyond. The lecture starts at 7.00pm, and will be held in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre in the Tower Building of Dundee University. Admission, as always, is free.
As part of the Tayside and Fife Branch’s 50th Anniversary special events, and in conjunction with British Science Week 2018, we will be holding a public Science Quiz at Discovery Point, Dundee on the evening of Wednesday 14 March.
The quiz is open to all, so get your team of four together and test your knowledge of science and technology! The quiz will consist of rounds based on the themes of our five lectures that have celebrated the past 50 years of scientific discovery and invention – space exploration, the environment, computing, biology & genetics and physics – along with questions on science fiction.
There will be an entry fee of £10 per team, which will go towards prizes for the first, second and third teams. There will also be a cash bar to help get those brain cells working!
The quiz starts at 7.00pm.
To register your team, visit our Eventbrite page: bsa-science-quiz.eventbrite.co.uk
We look forward to seeing you there!