Before 5pm, Talks & lectures

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Malcolm Robinson: Ghost Photographs

It’s one thing seeing a ghost but quite another to capture a ghost on film. In this enthralling lecture UFO & paranormal lecturer Malcolm Robinson presents some of the most incredible ghostly photographs captured on camera from all over the world. He discusses different categories of spirit apparitions, plays a…

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 1 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

The Navajo Rangers: Native American X-Files

Lt Jon Dover and Sgt Stanley Milford Jr talk about investigating cases that can only be described as paranormal which happen on the iconic landscapes of the Native American Reservation territories. Their own experiences are also mind-stretchingly strange & fascinating.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sun 2 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

Around the world in 80 teas

P.M. David Silva & Sons was established in 1945 during the Plantation Raj in Ceylon’s world famous Dimbula valley. The remaining family company bring the world’s most sought after teas that are hand plucked and ethically sourced from the very people and estates that have worked there for over three generations. Find…

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews

Sun 9 Nov

Free Booking required / 01334 474371

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Mon 10 Nov

Free Booking required / 01334 474371

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

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.

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Sun 7 Dec

£15 / 020 7591 3000

Kevin McKenna and guests

Exploring the the contribution and impact of the Immigrant Irish in Glasgow.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Sat 15 Nov

Free / 0141 287 2999

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Margaret's Wardrobe

Join Dr. Chris Lee, curatorial consultant and researcher, as he tells the lively personal story of one 'ordinary' woman, Margaret and her amazing high-end fashion collection, a vital link to Margaret's identity with the onset of dementia. Share your passion for fashion and enjoy our Jean Muir handling collection.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 31 Oct

Free / 0300 123 6789

Part of Luminate.

Zombie Science: Genes of the Damned

Spoof lecture examining the science behind a potential zombie outbreak.

Òran Mór, Glasgow

Sun 2 Nov

Free / 0141 357 6200

Ages 13+.

The Adventure Travel Show

A show dedicated to the world of adventure and off-the-beaten-track travel, packed with inspiration and travel advice. Booking is essential.

Olympia, London W14

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£8–£10 one day entry (Weekend £12–£15; Under 16 free) / 02073 851200

Sun 18 Jan 2015

£8–£10 one day entry (Weekend £12–£15; Under 16 free) / 02073 851200

African Echoes in New Jazz

African-jazz fusion with South African playwright, composer and musician Mxolisi Norman. Booking is essential.

The Arts Centre, Ormskirk

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 01695 584480

Alan Gallop: The U-Boat Story

Alan Gallop discusses German U-Boat submarines, which were used for rapid attack. He uses rare illustrations of the U-Boats in action and explores how crews spent up to four months at a time in difficult conditions.

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Thu 20 Nov

£3 / 01256 478670

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An Afternoon with Shona MacLean

The writer dicusses her work.

Aberdeen Central Library

Sat 29 Nov

Free ticketed / 01224 652500

Part of Book Week Scotland.

The Anatomy of a Building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians

An examination of the Royal College of Physicians building, one of the most striking and imaginative works of post-WW II architecture.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Fri 31 Oct

Free / 020 3075 1649

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 020 3075 1649

Tue 4 Nov

Free / 020 3075 1649

…and 73 more dates until 13 Feb 2015

Annual Hamish Henderson Lecture

Dolina McLennan presents this year's folk music lecture.

Edinburgh City Chambers

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 0131 529 4003

Part of Carrying Stream Festival.

Another Athens Symposium

A one-day symposium inviting speakers to investigate the city and how people interact with it.

Forest Centre +, Edinburgh

Thu 4 Dec

Free / 0131 229 4948

Anthony Peake: Awakened State

Déjà Vu is known to be the most common “altered-state” of consciousness. Anthony Peake presents a radical new explanation of the phenomenon that is rooted in modern science. This world premiere presentation will be, quite literally, a life-changing experience, and in it he will be discussing his research for his…

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sun 2 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

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Around the world in 80 teas plus Laurent Perrier Afternoon Tea

As above but also with an award-winning afternoon tea experience - with a delicious selection of delicate pastries and cakes, created by the hotel’s Pastry Chef, including homemade scones and lemon pancakes, with clotted cream and strawberry and pink Champagne preserve.

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews

Sun 9 Nov

£20–£33 / 01334 474371

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Mon 10 Nov

£20–£33 / 01334 474371

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Bannock Bunkum

A trip through the untold stories of the war of independence. There's even a sing-along and battle re-enactment.

Wellgate Centre, Dundee

Wed 26 Nov

Free ticketed

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Biomimicry, Climate and the Resilient Future

Biomimicry, the emulation of nature’s genius, is becoming a hot topic on science and technology issues. Biomimicry UK is an interdisciplinary research network which is aiming to provide resources, consultancy and publications for academia, industry and organisations interested in rediscovering the wisdom of the natural…

University of Dundee Botanic Garden

Sun 16 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 381190

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Biomimicry Website Launch 

Biomimicry, the emulation of nature’s genius, is becoming a hot topic on science and technology issues. Come along to this fascinating talk and workshop about rediscovering the wisdom of the natural world. • 2pm – 2.30pm Talk: Biomimicry, Biomimetics or Bionics? The State of the Art of learning from Nature • 2.30pm – 3pm…

D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Dundee

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 01382 384310

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Books Aloud

Some of Dundee’s most passionate readers share their favourite books with you.

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 01382 909900

Part of Book Week Scotland.

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Books in Focus

The Galleries' Books in Focus sessions are in-depth looks at famous artists' books and the people who made them. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

Books produced by Scottish and international artists during WW I, including Wyndham Lewis, Leger, Marinetti and FCB Cadell.

  • 11:30 – 12:30 Books in Focus Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Brian Allan: Truth, Lies and Ufology

How the intelligence services created the modern UFO myth… did many icons of modern Ufology originate on alien worlds, or were they based on pioneering German technology captured at the end of WWII?  Did US intelligence use Ufology as a smokescreen to hide its own technological wonders.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 1 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

Brief History Of … Who?

Exploring the career and roots of a famous Scot. Who, you ask? Well – that's a surprise.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Fri 14 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 287 2999

Cancer diagnosis and treatment – Next generation technology

The Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT) is developing new techniques for diagnosis and treatment of cancer. You will be offered a guided tour of IMSaT’s research labs, along with short talks on their world-leading work based on the results in MRI, ultrasound and photonics.

Institute for Medical Science and Technology, Dundee

Sat 8 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 388355

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Caroline Watt: Things That Go Bump In The Mind

Have you ever seen a ghost? If not, you probably know someone who has. What lies behind these strange and compelling phenomena? Are they glimpses of the afterlife? Or are they conjured up by our amazing brains..?

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sun 2 Nov

£5 (£4.50) / 01786 473544

Part of The Scottish Paranormal Festival.

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