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Speakers: Professor Steve Sturdy and Dr Farah Huzair (University of Edinburgh)
It was science that was outlawed in other countries. Under the strictest security, and contained within a germ warfare centre, a team of geneticists, headed by the University of Edinburgh’s Kenneth Murray were making history. Their groundbreaking work in creating the first ever recombinant DNA vaccine – targeting Hepatitis B – was a real success for the team of genetic engineers.
But how did Murray become involved in this venture? And what of the peculiar combination of circumstances, both local and international, that enabled him to lead the way in this new scientific discipline? This talk will explore these questions, shedding light on the man and the work whose discovery has saved the lives of millions.
Refreshments at 4pm, seminar starts at 4.30pm.
This talk is part of the Edinburgh History of Medicine Group series, a collaboration between the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.
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…
“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.
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]
Moutbatten Lecture: Sir Adam Thomson
Friday 3rd March 2017
Playfair Libray Hall, Old College, South Bridge
5.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Sir Adam Thomson, Director of the European Leadership Network will give this years Moutbatten lecture on “Facing the risks of war in Europe”.
Sir Adam Thomson was educated in history at Cambridge University and in Public Policy at Harvard University. He worked briefly at the World Bank before joining the British Diplomatic Service in 1978. In the course of the following 38 years he served abroad in British missions in Moscow, NATO Brussels, Washington DC, New Delhi, New York at the United Nations (where he was the No2 Ambassador), Islamabad (where he was the British High Commissioner) and NATO again (where he was the UK Permanent Representative).
In London over this period he served in the Cabinet Office as the Soviet analyst on the Assessments Staff 1989 -91 and in roles in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office covering the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions, Israel/Lebanon, UK security policy (especially in Europe) and UK policy towards South Asia and Afghanistan. His two main areas of professional life have been politico-military affairs and South Asia, especially Pakistan/Afghanistan.
In November 2016, he left the UK Delegation to NATO, retired from the Diplomatic Service and took up his present job as the Director of the European Leadership Network, a pan-European, non-partisan, non-governmental organisation working for better security in greater Europe.
You must bring your printed ticket with you to the event.
This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.
We don’t believe anyone should have to suffer in silence and be unable to access these vital supplies, so we decided to launch The Monthlies. We are collecting donations of unopened packets of sanitary pads, baby wipes, tampons, panty liners, underwear, etc. – some of the essential supplies that people may need to manage their periods, and which no one should have to go without.
In addition to hosting collections at events like this screening of I, Daniel Blake, we’re organising monthly collections at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh (the next will be on Monday 6th March from 4-6p.m.) and we’re in the process of setting up more permanent collection boxes around the city for people to donate outwith these times.
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.
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’.