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Jan
7
Sat
FameLab 2017 Scottish Final @ The National Museum of Scotland
Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
FameLab 2017 Scottish Final @ The National Museum of Scotland | Scotland | United Kingdom

Join us for the return of the Scottish Final of FameLab where host Quentin Cooper will introduce some of our finest young science communicators.

Learn some amazing facts as each of our contestants gets their three minutes to battle it out for a place in the FameLab UK Final.

Expect a feast of fast-paced facts and more than a few surprises in this event presented by Heriot Watt University in collaboration with National Museums Scotland and the University of Glasgow. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, Cheltenham Festivals and the British Council.

Jan
8
Sun
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery
Jan 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery  | Scotland | United Kingdom
Second Sundays of the month, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places.

Designed for 11–15 year olds, you will explore the William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland exhibition in creative workshops using a variety of techniques including animation, drawing and film, led by members of our young people’s group, Fresh Fruit and artist Louise Fraser.

For the workshop on Sunday 11 December, Louise will lead a flipbook workshop enabling participants to explore the work of William Kentridge. Flipbooks are books made with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion. Each workshop is unique and includes an introduction to the exhibition.
Jan
9
Mon
Filmhouse Screening: The Fits preview @ Filmhouse
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Filmhouse Screening: The Fits preview @ Filmhouse | Scotland | United Kingdom

We’re delighted to welcome our members to a free preview screening of The Fits, the next title to be supported by BFI FAN’s New Release Strategy.

The Fits is not your usual coming-of-age tale. Dreamy, poetic, visually lush with an immersive score that beguiles and intrigues, this confident debut feature from director Anna Rose Holmer deserves to be seen on the big screen.

After the screening we’ll be discussing ideas and support available via the New Release Strategy to help you screen the film. The Fits will be released into UK cinemas on 24 February 2017 and can be booked via Lionsgate.

10.00-10.15 Teas/coffees in Filmhouse Cafe
10.15-11.35 Screening of The Fits in Cinema 3
11.35-12.00 Discussion of support available through New Release Strategy in Cinema 3

Advance booking is essential for this free screening. Please sign up via the green ‘Register’ button above.

Bim Adewunmi on The Fits for Buzzfeed
Watch trailer (US)

Jan
26
Thu
Ragged University: Myths of Attraction by Mairi Macleod @ Cabaret Voltaire
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: Myths of Attraction by Mairi Macleod @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh at 7pm to listen to Mairi explain the myths of attraction. Enjoy socialising around learning and find people you like…

Myths of Attraction by Mairi McLeod

I’m going to talk about the stereotypes we have about what’s attractive in men and women, I’m going to explain the biology behind why these are sometimes valid, but also why they’re often not. Is it true that men are into casual sex but women want commitment? Do men actually prefer thin women? Do women want macho, high-status men? Are dumb girls more attractive? And are the first impressions we give out really vitally important?

In this presentation Mairi Macleod will answer these questions about romantic attraction and much more. We’re used to hearing that evolution has honed our romantic preferences in ways that increased the number of children of our ancestors and that this has led to predictable and universal gender differences in our desires and sexual inclinations. But do you buy this?

There will be some food, a bar and a whole evening to make merry with…

 

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Jan
31
Tue
How to make the most out of international exhibitions – 31 January 2017 @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office, Apex 1
Jan 31 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
How to make the most out of international exhibitions - 31 January 2017 @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office, Apex 1 | Scotland | United Kingdom

We’re running three workshops over January 2017 in Edinburgh and Glasgow for companies in the technology and engineering sectors, including software, digital media, laser technology and high-value engineering companies.

If you’re attending international exhibitions for the first time or need a refresher to help improve your exhibition skills and planning activities to get the most out of your international exhibition attendance, then this workshop is for you.

The GDC preparation workshop is unmissable. You would be doing yourself, your company and your GDC experience a disservice by not attending. It’s a great day packed full of interesting facts and chats and leaves you with a lot of to do lists. Even if you think you are fully prepared for GDC and the wider business world, come along. You will learn something.

Simon Messer, CEO, Wee Door

Each workshop will run over a day, from 9.30am – 4.30pm

  • Tuesday 31 January – Edinburgh

We’ll ensure you:

  • Have a compelling elevator pitch in place
  • Are able to use all the marketing and social media tools available to promote their presence at the international exhibition.

We’ll help you:

  • Create a concise international exhibition and marketing plan and model for your business to get the most out of key international exhibitions
  • Develop a compelling elevator pitch that will really promote your business to your targeted international audiences

Agenda

  • International exhibition research and preparation – how do you go about research, finding and preparing for the important international exhibitions for your business – and once there, making sure you make the most of each one
  • An elevator pitch that gets results – you need to stand out from the crowd and ensure you get your key messages across to your audience – the workshop will take you through how you get pitch perfect for your international customers
  • International exhibition marketing – will ensure you are aware of all the marketing and social media tools available and how to use them most effectively to get noticed at an international exhibition

Here’s how we helped companies prepare for Games Developers Conference in 2016:

  • “More confident in preparations now – have action plan” – Byte Token
  • “Without this programme Late Panda would be significantly less prepared for GDC” – Late Panda

Meet the experts

The workshop will be delivered by David Gass and Stephen Whitelaw of Upper Quartile. Guest speaker Mel Sherwood will take you through how to create and deliver the Pitchtastic Elevator Pitch.

David Gass – facilitator

David is the lead partner for Upper Quartile in the delivery of its export support programmes for SDI, and has worked extensively in the international market place over the last 20 years. He has led the delivery of over 50 Preparing to Export workshops, and worked with a range of clients and sectors in Scotland in developing their export proposition and sales. This included how companies can best prepare and get the most out of international exhibitions and market visits.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, David also works extensively for the United Nations International Trade Centre in Geneva.

Stephen Whitelaw – facilitator

Stephen is an industry influencer on both sides of the Atlantic on web and internet technologies, social media, and e-brand building. A regular keynote speaker to Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Cisco, Microsoft and GroupOn, he has extensive international experience having setup companies in USA, UK, The Netherlands, Russia and Malaysia over a 10 year period.

Stephen has worked with a large number of companies in multiple sectors helping them to develop both international marketing strategies and business export plans.

Mel Sherwood – guest speaker

Mel Sherwood is a pitch and presentation specialist who prepares ambitious entrepreneurs and business professionals to take centre stage. She encourages entrepreneurs to embrace the spotlight and present with more confidence, credibility and conviction. She is a multi-award winning speaker, trainer and coach and the founder of Grow Your Potential, which specialises in supporting individuals and organisations to design and deliver winning pitches and presentations.

Mel’s background includes over 20 years’ experience in public, private and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has also worked as an actor, presenter and singer.

Cost

The workshop is free to Scottish companies and is part funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds (Investing in a Smart Sustainable and Inclusive Future). You should note that this support is a form of state aid, and on attendance it will count towards your overall De Minimis Allowance.

Feb
7
Tue
Craft Exporter Forum by Craft Scotland and Scottish Enterprise @ Scottish Enterprise Apex 1
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Craft Exporter Forum by Craft Scotland and Scottish Enterprise @ Scottish Enterprise  Apex 1 | Scotland | United Kingdom

Starting to think about trading in Europe, USA or beyond? Already exporting and want to grow your business? Our jam-packed workshop has got you covered.

Come along to the Craft Exporter Workshop and hear from two makers who have successfully done it. Get practical export tips from Karen Mabon of accessories brand Karen Mabon and Priscilla Parry from interiors brand Clock House Furniture.

If you’re getting ready for a trade show or just come back from one, the ideas you will learn here will help you maximise your trip.

In the second session, you will learn how to sell internationally through your Ecommerce website (or online marketplace like Etsy). Or if you have already started with Ecommerce learn how to increase your current UK and international sales.

Discover opportunities to grow your craft business beyond Scotland at this free international forum hosted by Craft Scotland and Scottish Development International.

Session 1: Craft Exporter Forum

Hear from our guest speakers, they will share their experiences and challenges of selling internationally. From entrepreneurial Scottish small-to-medium enterprises, our speakers will share their valuable knowledge of growing a craft business without sacrificing quality. There will be an opportunity for a Q&A session with the guest speakers during the forum.

This is a great opportunity for you to network with other like-minded makers in Scotland.

You will also hear from an International Trade Adviser at Scottish Development International. They will go through the services available to companies who wish to expand their business overseas from Scottish Development International.

Speaker Bios

British based designer Karen Mabon presents a beguiling collection of scarves and sleepwear laced with the unexpected. Establishing her eponymous label in 2013 after attending London’s Royal College of Art, Karen’s work received instant recognition with a raft of stockists around the world, coverage in titles such as Vogue and Grazia, and regular commissions from clients ranging from the V&A and Lush Cosmetics to the Natural History Museum and broadcaster Dawn O’Porter. Karen Mabon has numerous stockists abroad including Anthropologie and Bloomingdales.

Clock House Furniture have been manufacturing furniture since 1989, and first exhibited abroad in about 1995. They employ 16 people in a workshop near Haddington making bespoke upholstered furniture. They also make a specialist line of Antler furniture, which is extremely popular with the export market, and is one of the main reasons they continue to exhibit abroad. The main trade show they visit is Maison & Objet in Paris, and they also have exhibited at Frankfurt, Cologne, Moscow, USA and Ireland.

Refreshments and Lunch will be provided

Session 2: How To Increase Your International Sales Online

Get practical support to start selling internationally or increase your UK and international sales through your Ecommerce website. This highly interactive workshop will show you ways to win more international business over the web, develop your digital skills and knowledge to create an action plan for success.

Whilst sales are obviously the number one goal, international Ecommerce can also help your professional practice in other ways. International Ecommerce can help you raise brand awareness, gain a presence in other countries and test the water without major investment.

What will you learn?

  • Gain more international enquiries and customers through your website and digital channels
  • Develop an appropriate digital strategy to grow your international business
  • Focus on international customer needs and improve your sites international profile
  • Improve your websites ranking in international search engines and find out how search engine optimisation (SEO) and social media works in different countries
  • Address language considerations and learn how to localise your website
  • Learn how to use free tools to assess and validate market opportunities
  • Get practical support on using the best channels to target those markets

Partners

This event is run in partnership by Craft Scotland and Scottish Development International.

Digital Tourism Scotland

This event is part of the Digital Tourism Scotland (DTS) Programme. A coordinated digital support programme developed to support the tourism sector. The programme is a partnership, led by Scottish Enterprise and developed with VisitScotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Business Gateway, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Government, and Skills Development Scotland.

Feb
12
Sun
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery
Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery  | Scotland | United Kingdom
Second Sundays of the month, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places.

Designed for 11–15 year olds, you will explore the William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland exhibition in creative workshops using a variety of techniques including animation, drawing and film, led by members of our young people’s group, Fresh Fruit and artist Louise Fraser.

For the workshop on Sunday 11 December, Louise will lead a flipbook workshop enabling participants to explore the work of William Kentridge. Flipbooks are books made with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion. Each workshop is unique and includes an introduction to the exhibition.
Feb
15
Wed
Edinburgh Medical School: Let’s talk about health: Breast cancer; the advent of personalised medicine @ Queen's Medical Research Institute
Feb 15 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Edinburgh Medical School: Let’s talk about health: Breast cancer; the advent of personalised medicine @ Queen's Medical Research Institute | Scotland | United Kingdom

“Let’s Talk About Health” is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease. Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks. We look forward to seeing you there!

Professor Karen Chapman

University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science

Most people associate breast cancer with women. However, men can also be affected. Currently, 1 in 8 women in the UK will be affected by breast cancer during their lifetime. Huge steps have been made in understanding some of the complexities underpinning this disease and developing increasingly effective treatment strategies. This started here in Scotland, with Beatson’s discovery that in some women, removal of the ovaries can shrink tumours. Join us to hear about some of the key advances that have led to over 85% of women now living more than 5 years after diagnosis of breast cancer. We will explore exciting research aimed at developing new treatment strategies, that are personalised to the individual patient’s cancer, to maximise treatment effectiveness and limit unpleasant side-effects.

Speakers

Dr Helen Creedon, and Professor Val Brunton, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, The University of Edinburgh

Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.

Refreshments available after event.

Photography & filming

This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University or University approved third parties.

For any further information contact the organiser, Karen Chapman [email protected]

Feb
21
Tue
ETAG Technology Tuesday: Run your tourism business more efficiently using apps @ Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue
Feb 21 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
ETAG Technology Tuesday: Run your tourism business more efficiently using apps @  Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stephen Whitelaw has 35 years of business experience with over 20 years in internet technologies and digital marketing. Stephen has delivered numerous digital tourism workshops including presentations internationally on the future of the web. For more information about Stephen, visit his LinkedIn profile – This opens in a new window.

ETAG maintains a 48 hour cancellation policy. We are unable to offer refunds for bookings cancelled less than 48 hours prior to the event. This event will be in high demand and places are limited to one attendee per company. ETAG events are aimed at tourism businesses within Edinburgh who operate on a B2C (business to consumer) or B2B (business to business) basis – unfortunately, we can’t offer place to intermediaries, consultants or suppliers of services. Registering for ETAG events means you may be contacted in regards to future ETAG activity, events or market intelligence.

This event is delivered in collaboration with Digital Tourism Scotland

 

Content covered will include:

  • Point of sale, ticketing, accommodation, trip and restaurant bookings
  • Augmented reality
  • Beacon rechnology
  • Audio guide and visitor attractions
  • The rise of messenger and livechat
  • Visitor attraction apps

Schedule

  • 8.30 Registration, breakfast and networking
  • 9.00 Presentation and Q&A
  • 10.00 Networking
  • 10.30 Close
Take your local brew international @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Take your local brew international @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office | Scotland | United Kingdom

Are you a Scottish craft and premium brewing company? Get ready to grow your business abroad with our help.

It’s the perfect primer if you’re thinking about international growth. Get practical help on international market research, routes to market and international finance, contracts and logistics.

What are the benefits?

  • How to effectively research and exploit international opportunities
  • What market entry options are right for your business
  • How to effectively navigate export documentation, labelling, your international pricing strategy and what currency to be paid in
  • How to develop your value proposition for your international customer
  • Next steps for your business

You’ll also benefit from having the resources to develop your own online international action plan to implement into your business and have the opportunity to network with other craft and premium beer businesses.

Create your export plan

We’ll help you create an export plan – an online working document that will be secure and confidential for you and your business. You’ll be able to edit your plan at any time and download it as a PDF or Word document. Once complete, you can send your plan to your designated adviser for feedback and comment.

Good news is you can you start using the tool right away.

Register now to start your export plan  – This opens in a new window

When and where?

Our Preparing to Export introductory workshops are run over two days and will be held at Scottish Enterprise offices in Edinburgh. You’ll need to attend both workshops to complete the programme.

Workshops are from 9.30am to 4pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 21 February 2017
  • Wednesday 22 February 2017

Scottish Enterprise’s Preparing to Export Programme is fully funded to Scottish companies and is part-funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds (Investing in a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Future). You should note that this support is a form of state aid, and on attendance it will count towards your overall De Minimis allowance.


What’s covered?

Day one: Tuesday 21 February

Session one: Market analysis and planning

  • The export market opportunity for the craft brewery sector
  • Overview of the sector in Scotland, referencing priority markets and any current SDI sector plans in place
  • Company readiness and capacity for exporting
  • Planning for successful exporting
  • The importance of good export market research and useful sources of research – ovverview of the international beer markets, and emerging consumer trends
  • Target export markets and prioritisation of the market opportunities

Session two: Market entry

  • Hear from an inspirational company from the craft brewing sector in Scotland on their journey into exporting.
  • Explore the different routes to market including direct and indirect routes to market – what are the different options for craft brewers to get their product to their international market of choice
  • Use of intermediaries – agents, distributors, international wholesalers, consolidators and consumer marketplaces
  • Learn how to identify and appoint the right export partners
  • Develop your export proposition and presentation for international buyers
  • International marketing including the use of the internet and social media, exhibitions and trade shows and market visits for the craft and premium beer sector

Day two: Wednesday 22 February      

Session one: Legal and technical Issues

  • Costing and pricing for export markets, and how to get paid
  • International logistics and distribution considerations – the role of the freight forwarder and consolidator within your export sale
  • Labelling, packaging and bar coding for international markets – focusing on labelling and packing for the craft brewing sector
  • HMRC overview – documentation and duty issues how to calculate relevant customs duties and how to locate appropriate tariff codes for different markets
  • Cultural considerations including language
  • Summary of support available for companies to get them started on their export journey

Session two: One-to-one company support and preparation of Export Action Plan

  • All attendees will be helped to prepare an Export Action Plan to help them to achieve their objectives and understand how this fits into their overall strategy for export
  • Presentation of individual Export Action Plans and feedback

Meet our expert facilitators

Ewan Ramsay

Ewan is a Senior Associate of Upper Quartile LLP and highly experienced international trade consultant with over 16 years’ experience in export markets, and he has worked with a range of food and drink companies in researching and developing export market opportunities. He has worked with the SDI Food and Drink team in terms of global insights and assisting a range of Scottish drinks companies with their international trade opportunities and technical export queries, as well as working with a range of food and drink companies to develop their export strategies.

Ewan has worked extensively in overseas markets including North America, Belgium and the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, and the Scandinavian markets. He is a senior member of the Upper Quartile team who deliver the Preparing to Export workshops across Scotland, and he is head of International Trade at Inverness Chamber of Commerce.

Nataliia Hinde

Nataliia is an Associate Consultant with Upper Quartile, and has over 10 years’ experience in export markets, working primarily for a range of food and drink companies in Scotland. She is a highly experienced exporter and has worked with the craft brewer and distiller sector extensively over the years, representing companies at a variety of trade shows and exhibitions, and working with the companies to develop and implement their approach to export markets.

Nataliia has delivered a range of workshops and project support to food and drink companies in helping them plan and develop effective export strategies, particularly companies new to export markets, and will often work with the individual companies to take them into export markets for the first time.

Feb
22
Wed
Take your local brew international @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office
Feb 22 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Take your local brew international @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office | Scotland | United Kingdom

Are you a Scottish craft and premium brewing company? Get ready to grow your business abroad with our help.

It’s the perfect primer if you’re thinking about international growth. Get practical help on international market research, routes to market and international finance, contracts and logistics.

What are the benefits?

  • How to effectively research and exploit international opportunities
  • What market entry options are right for your business
  • How to effectively navigate export documentation, labelling, your international pricing strategy and what currency to be paid in
  • How to develop your value proposition for your international customer
  • Next steps for your business

You’ll also benefit from having the resources to develop your own online international action plan to implement into your business and have the opportunity to network with other craft and premium beer businesses.

Create your export plan

We’ll help you create an export plan – an online working document that will be secure and confidential for you and your business. You’ll be able to edit your plan at any time and download it as a PDF or Word document. Once complete, you can send your plan to your designated adviser for feedback and comment.

Good news is you can you start using the tool right away.

Register now to start your export plan  – This opens in a new window

When and where?

Our Preparing to Export introductory workshops are run over two days and will be held at Scottish Enterprise offices in Edinburgh. You’ll need to attend both workshops to complete the programme.

Workshops are from 9.30am to 4pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 21 February 2017
  • Wednesday 22 February 2017

Scottish Enterprise’s Preparing to Export Programme is fully funded to Scottish companies and is part-funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds (Investing in a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Future). You should note that this support is a form of state aid, and on attendance it will count towards your overall De Minimis allowance.


What’s covered?

Day one: Tuesday 21 February

Session one: Market analysis and planning

  • The export market opportunity for the craft brewery sector
  • Overview of the sector in Scotland, referencing priority markets and any current SDI sector plans in place
  • Company readiness and capacity for exporting
  • Planning for successful exporting
  • The importance of good export market research and useful sources of research – ovverview of the international beer markets, and emerging consumer trends
  • Target export markets and prioritisation of the market opportunities

Session two: Market entry

  • Hear from an inspirational company from the craft brewing sector in Scotland on their journey into exporting.
  • Explore the different routes to market including direct and indirect routes to market – what are the different options for craft brewers to get their product to their international market of choice
  • Use of intermediaries – agents, distributors, international wholesalers, consolidators and consumer marketplaces
  • Learn how to identify and appoint the right export partners
  • Develop your export proposition and presentation for international buyers
  • International marketing including the use of the internet and social media, exhibitions and trade shows and market visits for the craft and premium beer sector

Day two: Wednesday 22 February      

Session one: Legal and technical Issues

  • Costing and pricing for export markets, and how to get paid
  • International logistics and distribution considerations – the role of the freight forwarder and consolidator within your export sale
  • Labelling, packaging and bar coding for international markets – focusing on labelling and packing for the craft brewing sector
  • HMRC overview – documentation and duty issues how to calculate relevant customs duties and how to locate appropriate tariff codes for different markets
  • Cultural considerations including language
  • Summary of support available for companies to get them started on their export journey

Session two: One-to-one company support and preparation of Export Action Plan

  • All attendees will be helped to prepare an Export Action Plan to help them to achieve their objectives and understand how this fits into their overall strategy for export
  • Presentation of individual Export Action Plans and feedback

Meet our expert facilitators

Ewan Ramsay

Ewan is a Senior Associate of Upper Quartile LLP and highly experienced international trade consultant with over 16 years’ experience in export markets, and he has worked with a range of food and drink companies in researching and developing export market opportunities. He has worked with the SDI Food and Drink team in terms of global insights and assisting a range of Scottish drinks companies with their international trade opportunities and technical export queries, as well as working with a range of food and drink companies to develop their export strategies.

Ewan has worked extensively in overseas markets including North America, Belgium and the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, and the Scandinavian markets. He is a senior member of the Upper Quartile team who deliver the Preparing to Export workshops across Scotland, and he is head of International Trade at Inverness Chamber of Commerce.

Nataliia Hinde

Nataliia is an Associate Consultant with Upper Quartile, and has over 10 years’ experience in export markets, working primarily for a range of food and drink companies in Scotland. She is a highly experienced exporter and has worked with the craft brewer and distiller sector extensively over the years, representing companies at a variety of trade shows and exhibitions, and working with the companies to develop and implement their approach to export markets.

Nataliia has delivered a range of workshops and project support to food and drink companies in helping them plan and develop effective export strategies, particularly companies new to export markets, and will often work with the individual companies to take them into export markets for the first time.

Jun
22
Thu
Ragged University: ‘The Importance of Being Smelly’ plus ‘Improvised Fiction Meets Research’ @ Cabaret Voltaire
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: 'The Importance of Being Smelly' plus 'Improvised Fiction Meets Research' @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along and put your feet up at Ragged University, a free education project where everyone is welcome and we socialise around learning… It is informal and there is a bite to eat, you are also welcome to bring some food to share if you want.

 

The Importance of Being Smelly by Mairi MacLeod

You might not think your sense of smell is particularly essential, but research is showing that we give and receive all sorts of important signals through the olfactory channel and scientists have dubbed humans “the scented ape”. We glean information on each others’ age, gender, emotions and even personality through our noses, but perhaps the most important function of our sense of smell is that of mate choice.In this talk, I’ll explain why liking your partner’s natural smell is vital for relationship satisfaction, sexual attraction and fidelity, fertility and our children’s health. I’ll also reveal the rather surprising effects of perfume and of “the pill” on the biological signals we give out and receive via smelliness.

 

 

There will be some food provided, and everyone is invited to put some food on the table to share if they like – there is no obligation.  During the break there is a chance to eat, have a drink and socialise

 

Improvised Fiction meets research: Creative and pioneering ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch’s lasting legacy by John Morrison

The genesis of the Ethnofiction genre can be attributed to the creative praxis (theory in action) of pioneering French anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, they can be identified by today’s definitions as hybrids of ethnographic documentary and fictional film genres.

During the 1950s, while working as an ethnologist for the French state in West Africa, Rouch asked the participants of his studies to respond to a subject inspired by aspects of their real-life experiences and act them out in front of the camera as fictional improvisations. This participatory and playful approach to visual ethnography was later dubbed by critics ‘Ethnofiction’.

 

 

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Mar
29
Thu
Ragged University: Psychology and Behaviour Modelling Meetup @ Cabaret Voltaire
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ragged University: Psychology and Behaviour Modelling Meetup @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and get involved in a discussion on psychology and behaviour modelling…

Come along to this highly interactive psychology meetup event.

No previous knowledge necessary just a sense of curiosity and openness to engage with others.

Each meetup we will explore a specific topic of human behaviour that has been widely researched and experimented upon.

There will be a formal introduction of the subject as well as opportunity for you to share your ideas and knowledge of this topic area.

Then through a number of explorative tasks and mini experiments we will have a chance to test out the subject matter for ourselves.

This process can involve working with others in small groups, or sharing in a guided group exploration.

The first week’s topic -“We only see what we want to see” – Reality is a construct of our experience.

There are a number of different psychology experiments in which people fail to notice apparently obvious alterations to a scene. People switch places, pictures are manipulated, all without the unwitting subject’s knowledge. In these experiments it is claimed a large part of what we notice is not the raw sensory information in front of us. But a construct based on our model of the world (of what we expect to see there).

So does this sort of response only happen in psychology experiments?

Another way to explore this subject matter is to consider how we make sense of our everyday experience. A common phrase “glass half empty, glass half full” is often used to describe the different ways people measure the world.  The person (subject A) who notices the glass half empty is measuring what’s not there. The person (subject B) who notices it half full is measuring what is there. So although the amount of liquid inside the glass is the same, subject A and subject B are measuring it differently. There are lots of ways we can potentially investigate our everyday measuring of the world, some of which we will test.

People’s sense of reality can also be affected by their beliefs about what kind of world we live in. Someone who believes in conspiracy theories may notice and interpret the world as a dark and fearful place. They can become suspicious of mainstream news and dismissive of hard factual evidence. For example there has recently been a resurgence in people who believe the earth is flat. This may seem ludicrous given the scientific evidence. But serves to demonstrate how people can interpret the world as they see and believe it to be.

If you’re a flat earther, or just curious or want to get involved in this new, intriguing, interactive meetup. We look forward to sharing ideas and more with you.

 

Jun
28
Thu
Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop @ Wellcome Auditorium,
Jun 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop @ Wellcome Auditorium,

Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop