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Brewology: The Science Behind BrewDog

BrewDog head brewer Stewart Bowman discusses the science behind craft beer.

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Tue 16 Sep

£12 (£9) / 01224 642230

18+ years only Part of TechFest.

  • 19:00

Bright Club: Edinburgh

The hardworking staff at Edinburgh's universities are let out for the night to share their tales about the weird, wonderful, and often very funny, world of research.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Tue 23 Sep

£5 / 0131 558 7272

  • 20:30

Bright Club: Glasgow

Bright Club features its usual intoxicating blend of comedy and academia as lecturers from the city's universities turn their studies into entertaining stories.

The Stand, Glasgow

Mon 22 Sep

£5 / 0844 335 8879

  • 20:30

Bring to Light

A monthly meeting for conversation, innovation and inspiration.

No 1 Chocolate Factory, Glasgow

Thu 4 Sep

£11 / 01413536017

The inaugural event is 'Chocolate and Clairvoyance', with demonstrations from mother and daughter intuitives Jane Dawson and Lauren Robertson. Concludes with a free cup of tea and handmade treat.

British Science Association Presidential Address: Science as Revolution

Science has brought about revolutionary changes in our understanding of ourselves and the natural world, which have acted as major drivers of our culture and civilisation. This scientific knowledge has in turn brought about revolutions in the ways we live and in the technologies that support society. A case can be made…

Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham

Thu 11 Sep


Part of British Science Festival.

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CASA Night of Ideas

A celebration of Latin American culture in the heart of East London.

The Rose Lipman Building, London N1

Sat 13 Sep

£7; £5 adv

  • 18:00 – 06:00

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Sandra Blow

Writer, artist and academic Ian Massey discusses the work of Sandra Blow, followed by anecdotes by people who knew her.

The Exchange, Penzance

Fri 5 Sep

£5 (£4) / 01736 363715

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Cocktails and Physics by Physics Unbound

Two physicists and a comedian walk into a bar … and teach you about science while plying you with drink! Ticket price includes a free cocktail on arrival, a hot buffet, comedy, physics fun and a discount code for future events.

Grand Union Farringdon, London EC1M

Wed 10 Sep

£18.95–£21.95 / 020 7251 5259

Collision Investigation: Fate Or Fatal Consequences?

Talk by Marco Venturini of Police Scotland on the role of the Collision Investigator.

Fraser Noble Building, Aberdeen

Tue 23 Sep

£5.50 (£4) / 01224 272000

Part of TechFest.

  • 18:30

Commonwealth Lecture: Hamburg City Park

Frank-Pieter Hesse and Heino Grunert, who both work in development and planning for the City of Hamburg, discuss the centenary year of Hamburg City Park.

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Wed 3 Sep

£5 donation; GCHT members free / 0141 552 1331

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:00
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The Cumnock Hour

A panel discussion with composer and festival director James MacMillan; BBC presenter and journalist James Naughtie; local poet Rab Wilson; and eminent Dunfermline Athletic goalkeeper-turned-solicitor and Cumnock Tryst Board Member, Derek Stillie.

Dumfries Arms, Cumnock

Fri 3 Oct

£4 / 01290 429230

Part of The Cumnock Tryst.

  • 17:00

David Nutt: UK Drugs and Alcohol Policy – Time to Put Science in Charge?

Current UK policy on alcohol and other drugs is a mess, with little evidential basis and so is doing more harm than good. Moreover they massively impair research and treatment innovations. The origins of the current laws are archaic traditions, outmoded UN conventions and cynical party political machinations. David Nutt…

Bramall Music Building, Birmingham

Tue 9 Sep

£11 / 0121 414 8861

Part of British Science Festival.

Director's Cut

One short play – written by Traverse/ IASH creative fellow Clare Duffy – is interpreted by a handful of directors. See how different choices make profound differences to the text. Afterwards there's an informal post-show discussion.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 13 Sep

£6 (£4) / 0131 228 1404

  • 20:00

Dorothy McMillan: A History of Scottish Women's Writing 1700–1900

Dorothy McMillan is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and former Head of School of English and Scottish Language and Literature at Glasgow University. Here, she considers how things have changed nearly two decades on from the publication of her anthology The Scotswoman at Home and Abroad: Non-Fiction Writing 1700–1900.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 16 Mar 2015

£3–£5 / 01786 471917

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Douglas Gifford: Sir Walter Scott – A Fresh Look

Douglas Gifford talks about Sir Walter Scott and his widely misunderstood legacy to Scottish fiction.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 20 Apr 2015

£3–£5 / 01786 471917

  • 19:30 – 21:00
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Dr David Starkey: Yorks Place in History

Dr David Starkey provides an insight into how York came to be one of the most important cities in England.

Grand Opera House, York

Sun 22 Mar 2015

£14 / 0844 871 3024

Dr Kevin Fong: Extremes

Dr Kevin Fong talks about the limits of human exploration and survivability.

The Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen

Sat 6 Sep

£10 (£7.50) / 01224 641122

Part of TechFest.

  • 19:00

Drìne: A Celebration of Rob Donn

It's been 300 years since Sutherland bard Rob Donn was born, and what better way to celebrate than with a handful of musicians performing his best-loved work.

Aros Centre, Isle of Skye

Sat 6 Sep

£14 (£12; Family £8.50; Children £5) / 01478 613750

  • 19:30

Drug Discovery: From Design to Delivery

Explore how we are hoping to conquer the major challenge of delivering sustainable healthcare systems, including advanced and affordable diagnostics and therapeutics, to billions of people living in diverse environments. We welcome anyone interested in participating in our open forum for defining the nature of global…

The Binding Site, Birmingham

Thu 11 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0121 456 9500

Part of British Science Festival.

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 11 Sep

Free / 0131 667 7533

Tonight: 'A Different Kind of Revolution' by Ciaran Healy and ‘How Accents Work’ By Lauren Hall-Lew.

  • 19:00
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Evening Talk: Chocolate – History, Facts and Myths

The Chocolate Tree are Scottish craft chocolate makers; one of very few chocolatiers in the UK who make their own chocolate. They work directly with growers of cacao to encourage the growing of heirloom cacao which will sustain biodiversity and fine flavour chocolate into the future, as well as providing growers with the…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 4 Dec

Lecture Theatre, 20A Inverleith Row

£5 (Members £3) / 0131 248 2909

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Evening Talk: Foraging for Food – Scotland's Wild Harvest

Fi Martynoga, editor of the book Scotland's Wild Harvest will tell us which wild products we can find in the Scottish countryside and where and when to forage. There will be practical information about plants from fields, woods and seashores, which are full of many more edible species than we think, with plenty of advise…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 25 Sep

Lecture Theatre, 20A Inverleith Row

£5 (Members £3) / 0131 248 2909

  • 19:30 – 20:30

Evening Talk: Habitat Restoration by Botanic Gardens – A Photo Documentary

Nature and conservation photographer Barney Wilczak takes us through his photo documentary of the pioneering work carried out by the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens to restore ecosystems that seemed to have disappeared for good through commercial utilization. The projects include the 'English Meadow…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 23 Oct

Lecture Theatre, 20A Inverleith Row

£5 (Members £3) / 0131 248 2909

  • 19:30 – 20:30

Evening Talk: Petticoats and Plants - Scotland’s Gardening Women, 1800 – 1930

Join the Friends of RBGE and the Garden History Society of Scotland for their joint Spring lecture. Following a twelve-year career in Marketing and PR, Deborah Reid swapped press releases for plants and retrained in horticulture at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.  Her interest in garden history and a growing…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 19 Mar 2015

Lecture Theatre, 20a Inverleith Row

£6 (Members £5) / 0131 248 2909

  • 19:30 – 21:30

An Evening with Duncan Norvelle and Paper Lace

Laughter and music from comedian Duncan Norvelle, rockers Paper Lace and supporting acts, with funds going the British Heart Foundation.

Connaught Hall, Attleborough

Sat 20 Sep


  • 19:30 – 23:00

Sun 21 Sep


  • 19:30 – 23:00
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