Evening events, Talks & lectures

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Café Histoire

Talks, in French, about various aspects of French culture, hosted by the Institut Français.

Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Mon 12 May

£8 (£5) / 0131 225 5366

La tour Eiffel – Learn more about the most visited monument in the world, built in 1889 in celebration of the Exposition Universelle.

  • 17:30

Mon 2 Jun

£8 (£5) / 0131 225 5366

La libération de la France – Delve into the history of 6 June 1944 – D-day – and the two sides of a divided France: Général De Gaulle calling for resistance and Maréchal Pétain collaborating with Hitler.

  • 17:30

Cafe Controversial: GM Crops – Raking up the Facts

Get the science behind the headlines with this look at genetically modified foods from the experts.

Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen

Tue 22 Apr

Free / 01224 640340

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Cafe Science Dundee

A meeting to explore and debate the latest scientific issues over a coffee or a glass of wine.

Avery & Co, Dundee

Mon 28 Apr

Free / 01382 201533

'Why breast cancer medicine can be hard to swallow' with Dr Alison Harrow.

  • 19:00 – 20:00

Mon 26 May

Free / 01382 201533

'Making Healthcare Decisions: Is Your Voice Missing?' by Dr Thilo Krull, University of Dundee.

  • 19:00 – 20:00

Cafe Science Extra

A meeting on the second Wednesday of the month to hear about the latest research from scientists over a coffee.

Dundee Science Centre

Wed 14 May

Free / 01382 228800

'Stories R Us: How Technology Can Help Nonspeaking People to Share Their Stories' by Prof. Annalu Waller, University of Dundee's School of Computing.

  • 18:00 – 19:00

The Call of the Mountains

Max Landsberg – intrepid explorer of the Scottish mountains – shares tales of his most harrowing and impressive journeys. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00
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Calum McNicol, Steve Bate and Tim Baillie MBE

Listen to three inspirational talks from three men who have achieved adventure. Calum McNicol was part of an eight man team who rowed across the Atlantic in 2013, Steve Bate become the first visually impaired person to reach the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite, California in 2013 and Tim Baillie MBE, along with his canoe…

North Inch Community Campus, Perth

Fri 13 Jun

£12–£14 (£8–£10) / 01738 454400

Part of Perthshire Adventure Festival.

  • 18:30

Campfire Presents Matt Locke

A talk from Matt Locke, founder and director of Storythings, which explores how we tell stories in a digital age, and who also worked on Channel 4 projects for Skins, Misfits and Million Pound Drop.

The Lighthouse, London N1

Thu 24 Apr

Free (refreshments provided)

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Can Radical Compassion Win the War Against Violent Extremism?

Sharing their own experiences of moving away from extremism, Tony McAleer – a former white supremacist and former organiser of the White Aryan Resistance in Canada – speaks alongside Hadiya Masieh, a former female Islamic extremist who was recruited by Hizb ut-Tahrir radicals, until the 7/7 bombings changed her perspective.

St Ethelburga's, London EC2N

Mon 28 Apr

£11 / 020 7496 1610

The Challenges of Terminal Illness: Assisted Suicide and Dying Well Are Not Synonymous

Professor Baroness Finlay talks about why taking your own life with the assistance of other people should not be seen in the same way as someone dying when the right time has come.

Herschal Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Wed 14 May

Curtis Auditorium

Free / 0191 222 6000

  • 17:30 – 18:30

Christian Wolmar on Railways

Journalist, author, historian and politician Christian Wolmar talks about his fascination with transport, including the Trans-Siberian and Subterranean railways.

Woodbridge Library

Wed 30 Apr

£6 / 01394 388890

  • 19:30 – 21:30
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Clash of the Titans: Revival and Renaissance

Hamish Henderson and Hugh MacDiarmid had a famous flyting about the role of folksong in literature. But how was the twentieth century folk revival related to the literary renaissance? Playwright and critic Raymond Raszkowski Ross explores the titanic clash and its wider significance for Scottish culture.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

Free / 0131 556 9579

Part of TradFest.

Commonwealth Challenge Wine Tasting – Big Red Wines

A special wine tasting in honour of the Commonwealth Games featuring red wines from participating countries.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Fri 18 Apr

£25 for one class; £78 for four / 0141 204 3333

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Conversation with Samuel Pisar

A discussion about the narration of Bernstein's Kaddish symphony.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 26 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Conversation with Takács Quartet

One of the world's great music ensembles talks to music critic Richard Morrison about its artistic vision.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Create:Eat:Whisky

A 'multi-sensory whisky adventure' that explores the whisky making process through its sights, sounds and tastes. Devised by food and art enthusiasts Jelly & Gin.

Nestle Condensed Milk Factory, Edinburgh

Wed 14 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Thu 15 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Fri 16 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

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Creative & Corporate Love

Networking event for people from the creative and corporate worlds, with a talk from accountant Emily Coltman.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tue 20 May

£15 / 0845 874 3001

Culture and Conflict

A look at how war influenced culture with Robyn Marsack, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library and theatre academic Octavian Saiu.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The District and D-Day

Martyn Bell delivers a commemorative D-Day 70 talk.

The Novium, Chichester

Wed 21 May

£5 / 01243 775888

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Do Not Adjust Your Stage Presents: The Wunderkammer

Improv group Do Not Adjust Your Stage and guests present an monthly evening that's half comedy show, half Ted talk, with a different theme each time. BYOB!

The Nursery Theatre, London SE1

Fri 9 May

Fri 13 Jun

Fri 11 Jul

Do You Need God to Forgive?

Exploring what forgiveness means to different faiths with Usama Hasan, a London-based Imam, Catherine Pepinster who edits the weekly Catholic Newspaper The Tablet and Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK.

St Ethelburga's, London EC2N

Mon 19 May

£11 / 020 7496 1610

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Early Medical Printing and the Fasciculus Medicinae of Johannes de Ketham

Learn more about the RCP's most recent acquisition: the 1500 Latin edition of the Fasciculus medicinae. With medieval medicine scholar Peter Murray Jones.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Mon 19 May

£5 (includes refresments) / 020 3075 1543

Edinburgh Ragged University Talks

Talks on a variety of themes organised by the Ragged University, promoting the message that learning is much more palatable when served up with a nice cold pint. All welcome.

Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 8 May

Free / 0131 667 7533

Tonight's talks are 'Urban Fox: Memoirs of an Edinburgh Poacher' by Bob Redwater and 'The Placebo Effect' by Derek Howden.

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Thu 12 Jun

Free / 0131 667 7533

Today, it's 'The Psychology of Relationships' by Ray Miller and 'On a New Understanding of the Nature of Human Beings' by Ciaran Healy.

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Emporium of Dangerous Ideas: Can Libraries Survive Online Technology?

A panel debate on the future of libraries in this modern world of ours, hosted by Lesley Riddoch. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 17 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

Environment and Health under the Microscope: Resilient Cities

Lecture investigating the widening gaps in public health between neighbourhoods, despite an overall improvement. With professor of health Jamie Pearce and professor of landscape architecture Catharine Ward Thompson.

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Wed 7 May

Free (ticketed) / 0131 650 5326

An Evening with Anton du Beke

The Strictly star bestows his charm and wit on a special evening in aid of the Children's Air Ambulance. Featuring chats, dinks, canapés and goodie bags.

Primo Bar, London SE1

Thu 24 Apr

£35 (Members £25) / 020 7620 7282

  • 18:30 – 21:00
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