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Beyond Endurance: The Life and Works of Sir James Mann Wordie

One hundred years ago, Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’ sailed to Antarctica and became stuck fast in the ice of the Weddell Sea. The story of the crew’s survival on the sea ice for months has become the stuff of legend. One of the crew members was Scottish geologist James Wordie, whose influence went on to change the face…

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 27 Nov

Free ticketed / 0131 623 3734

Part of Book Week Scotland.

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 24 Nov

£5 / 0844 335 8879

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 24 Nov

Free / 01382 201533

The New Age of Renewable Energy with Dr David Rodley

2015 Heriot-Watt Chaplaincy Annual Public Lecture

Professor Alister McGrath gives a talk on 'God, Science and Faith: Richard Dawkins versus CS Lewis on the Meaning of Life'; given that Prof McGrath is the author of The Dawkins Delusion, no prizes for guessing whose side he's going to come down on. Booking is essential.

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Feb 2015

Free / 0131 449 5111

Attendees must arrive before 6.15pm.

The Astrology of Love and Relationships

This talk is aimed at offering a better understanding of relationships and matters of the heart. If you're attending, it's advisable to either know or have your birth chart, as there's astrology involved. The answer could be written in the stars, y'know.

New Acropolis, London N1

Wed 21 Jan 2015

£5 (£3) / 020 7359 0059

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Abertay Historical Society Talk: Jim Livesey, Graeme Morton and Annie Tineley

A peek into some new history research at the University of Dundee, with speakers Jim Livesey, Graeme Morton and Annie Tineley.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 10 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

Abertay Historical Society Talk: Natasha Ferguson

Settle in for an evening lecture on the archaeological footprint of the volunteer movement between 1793 and 1815, presented by Natasha Ferguson.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 13 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

Access Film Club

Monthly film club held in collaboration with Scottish Autism. Featuring screenings and discussions in a welcoming and accessible environment. Ages 15+.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Tue 9 Dec

£5 / 0141 332 6535

After Dark: Adults Only

Go to the science centre after all the kids have gone to sleep for the night, with the chance to get hands on with all the fun science activities that you have begrudgingly have to let them have first dibs at during the day. Plus, live shows in the UK's biggest capacity digital planetarium.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Tue 2 Dec

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

Alice Rawsthorn: Hello World – Where Design Meets Life

Design critic Alice Rawsthorn delivers a talk on the influence design has on our lives and where it may take us in the future.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Fri 28 Nov

Free / 01382 381296

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Alpha

A discussion group for those wanting to explore the meaning of life, especially those who haven't been to church is a while, or don't go at all.

Kings Church, Edinbrugh

Tue 25 Nov

Free / 0131 629 6119

  • 19:00 – 22:00 Alpha Kings Church, Edinbrugh

Tue 2 Dec

Free / 0131 629 6119

  • 19:00 – 22:00 Alpha Kings Church, Edinbrugh

Tue 9 Dec

Free / 0131 629 6119

  • 19:00 – 22:00 Alpha Kings Church, Edinbrugh

Tue 16 Dec

Free / 0131 629 6119

  • 19:00 – 22:00 Alpha Kings Church, Edinbrugh

Architecture for All: Working on the River

A discussion on the Thames as a source of employment.

Old Royal Naval College, London SE10

Fri 19 Dec

£10 (£5) / 020 8269 4799

Bach as Artist or Preacher?

Talk from John Butt, director of the Dunedin Consort and a world-renowned Bach scholar, on the roles of emotion and meaning in Bach's church cantatas, followed by a performance of the two cantatas under discussion, BWV 21 Ich hätte viel Bekümmernis and BWV 150 Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich by the Mayfield Singers and…

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Performance by Mayfield Singers and Players. Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

BAFTA Masterclass: Special Effects with Artem

Special effects innovators Artem discuss their magic.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Thu 11 Dec

0141 332 6535

Behind The Lens With Doug Allan

Ever watched a BBC wildlife documentary and wondered how they got that shot? Now is your chance to find out as we invite wildlife photographer Doug Allan to tell us the stories behind the photographs. Doug has worked frequently at both north and south poles producing footage for high profile award winning films and…

Lochgelly Centre

Tue 25 Nov

£7 / 01592 418141

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Ben Jonson's Performance of Union: A walk to Scotland, 1618

Anna Groundwater PhD FSA Scot, University of Edinburgh, presents a lecture on Ben Jonson's performance of Union. The event is organised by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

MacRobert Building, Aberdeen

Tue 9 Dec

Free / 01224 272000

Bill Herbert on Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry

Former Dundee Makar Bill Herbert presents a talk on the book Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry. The book, which he co-edited, demonstrates the diversity of Chinese poetry in English.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 16 Feb 2015

£3–£5 / 01786 471917

Black & Blue – Artists In Conversation

Discussion with artists Penny Clayden and Chris Day, chaired by Alice Kettle.

Free Space Gallery, London NW5

Fri 12 Dec

Free / 07950 695699

Black Grouse presents Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Kenton Cool, Olly Hicks and Ben Fogle

Four adventurers and explorers talk about what drives them to do the crazy things they do. With Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Kenton Cool, Olly Hicks and Ben Fogle.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 8 Dec

£16 / 0131 473 2000

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 25 Nov

£5 / 0131 558 7272

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By The Candle's Light …

Discover the stories of Rosslyn Chapel by candlelight.

Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Nov

Over-12s only

£9 (£8; Children £5; Members £7) / 0131 440 2159

By Way of the Sea: Exploring a Bronze Age Maritory in NW Europe

Peter Clark and Anne Lehoërff discuss the close cultural links between Bronze Age communities from either side of the English Channel.

Regent Building, Aberdeen

Tue 13 Jan 2015

Free

Café Histoire

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

Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Mon 8 Dec

£8 (Members £5) / 0131 225 5366

La Restauration: Napoleon abdicates on 6 April 1814. When he lands on Elba in 4 May, Louis XVIII becomes King in Paris. After the short experience of 1791, the constitutional monarchy now seems to be the best possible regime again for the French. The period, from 1814 to 1830, seems also to be the right time to experiment with the parliamentary system.

Caring for Bennachie and its Landscape

Jackie Cumberbirch of Forestry Commission Scotland provides a lecture on caring for the Bennachie range of hills in Aberdeenshire. The event is organised by the Elphinstone Institute and no booking is required.

The Elphinstone Institute, Aberdeen

Tue 25 Nov

£3 / 01224 272 996

Chris Hadfield: You Are Here

Canadian astronaut Hadfield is probably best known for singing Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in the International Space Station which made him a viral star. His new book is the best of photographs of the earth from space.

At-Bristol

Thu 11 Dec

£15 / 0845 345 1235

£15 (£13.50; Children £10) / 0845 345 1235

Cineworld IMAX, Glasgow

Mon 15 Dec

£5 (Admission, including a copy of the book £20) / 0871 540 1000

The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

Wed 10 Dec

£6 / 01600 772467

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