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The Library is home to one of the largest map collections in the world. Our shelves hold everything from town plans to world atlases, railway maps to star charts. Learn about the range of maps available, and view a selection of highlights from the collection. Includes an introduction to the Maps Reading Room.
Date and Time: Wednesday 25 January, 2 pm
Venue: Maps Reading Room, 159 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PH.
Please follow signs to the public entrance
“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]
The Library’s exhibition, ‘You are Here’, takes us on a journey through maps. This joint event, with the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, focuses on the people who made them. Antiquarian bookseller Laurence Worms, co-author of ‘British map engravers’ (2011), takes us through the early history of the Scottish map trade — its personnel, their relationships, and their careers.
John Dee, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexander McCall Smith and countless other authors have commented on maps and map making, sometimes as essential parts of their tales and sometimes as entertaining asides. In this illustrated lecture in celebration of World Book Day, curator Paula Williams explores across the Library’s collections to see how maps have been portrayed in literature.
Thursday 2 March
Free. Book ‘Liketh, loveth, getteth and useth maps’ on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Looking for volunteers, or supporting volunteers?
Are you a third sector organisation, charity, social enterprise, or part of the NHS or City of Edinburgh Council and interested in involving more volunteers? We would like to meet you to update you on all our services. Many are free.
We offer support in all aspects of involving volunteers, and lots more!
All welcome to this free event and we look forward to meeting you. Refreshments are also provided.
Who is the event for? Third Sector Organisations, Charities, Social Enterprises, NHS, City of Edinburgh Council
When? Date: 8 March 2017, Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm
Where? Volunteer Edinburgh, 222 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EQ
Enquiries Please contact Jean Cuthbert on 0131 561 8334 or email her at [email protected]
Blackwell’s Bookshop and Edinburgh University Press are delighted to invite you to celebrate the launch of A Wealthier, Fairer Scotland – The Political Economy of Constitutional Change, edited by Michael Keating.
How can Scotland use its new and existing powers to create a brighter economic and social future?
The ambition of the Scottish Government is to create a wealthier and fairer nation. Following the devolution acts of 1998, 2012 and 2016, it has extensive powers and resources to fulfill its ambition. This interdisciplinary collection of essays asks how it can be achieved, given the range of powers available, economic constraints, institutions and public support. Looking at economic policy, taxation and welfare, A Wealthier, Fairer Scotland provides a realistic analysis of the opportunities and constraints facing a small, devolved nation. After years of debate on what powers Scotland should have, this book examines how they might be used to shape the country’s future.
Michael Keating is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Academician of the Social Sciences. He has published extensively on European politics, nationalism and regionalism.
For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can’t make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or [email protected]
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’.
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 discuss the philosophy of mutual recognition…
The Philosophy of Mutual Recognition by Richard Gunn
Presented in a quite detailed fashion will be the significance of ‘recognition’ as a theme in the writings of G.W.F. Hegel and Karl Marx. When I talk to Ragged on Thursday 31 May 2018, I do not attempt to dwell on textual details alone but develop a discussion and dialogue around the text I present.
Such an attempt would run the risk of being dry as dust. The written version dwells on textual detail as background to get this part of my remarks out of the way. My main aim when I am talking is to give my audience a sense of why ‘mutual recognition’ is an important term for me. With luck, the textual focus in my written version frees me up to emphasise more personal and substantive points.
The events are all informal and you can come and go as you please. There is some food provided and you are warmly welcomed to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share, and help take away some at the end.