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A Question of Science Dinner

Theoretical physicist and author Professor Jim Al-Khalili takes up hosting duties at this three-course dinner and champagne reception, with an opportunity to discuss your love of all things scientific with academics, working scientists and other experts in the field. Price also includes entry into a general knowledge…

Glasgow Science Centre

Thu 23 Oct

table of ten £950 / 0141 420 5005

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

John Thackara: Creativity and Innovation – Making a Difference

John Thackara, founder of Doors of Perception and author of In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World, delivers a talk on creativity and making a difference.

Òran Mór, Glasgow

Thu 23 Oct

Free / 01382 381296

Russell Brand

Brand talks about his ideas for a brighter world with The Guardians's Owen Jones. His latest book lays into government corruption, media fascists and the inevitability of revolution.

Emmanuel Centre, London SW1P

Thu 23 Oct

£25

The Waterfront, Greenock

Thu 23 Oct

£15 (£10) / 01475 732201

Thomas Heatherwick at the Royal Geographical Society

Designer Heatherwick talks about his latest projects.

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

Thu 23 Oct

£25 / 020 7591 3000

Write Shoot Cut

Monthly short film networking night taking open submissions for screening and discussion.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Mon 10 Nov

£6 (£5) / 0131 228 2688

Mon 8 Dec

£6 (£5) / 0131 228 2688

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Future Now

Eco-spiritual pioneers come together to explore solutions for sustaining the planet.

Trinity Centre, Bristol

Sat 8 Nov

£50–£55 / 07812 159943

  • 10:00 – 17:00 Future Now Trinity Centre, Bristol

Bamse & Wojtek

Bamse was a huge St. Bernard dog, owned by Captain Hafto of the Norwegian Navy during WW2. He went to sea on the minesweeper Thorodd and achieved legendary status in Montrose. Wojtek was one of WW2’s most unusual combatants - a 500-pound cigarette-smoking, beer-drinking brown bear. Mascot of the Polish army, Wojtek took…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sun 26 Oct

£3 (Concessions £2) / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Doug Allan: Life Behind the Lens

Nature photographer Doug Allan talks about his travels and experiences working on nature programmes including Frozen Planet, Blue Planet and Planet Earth.

Craignish Village Hall, Lochgilphead

Sun 16 Nov

£10 (£8) / 01852 500746

Doug is also signing copies of his book Freeze Frame.

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Thu 20 Nov

£10 (£8) / 01854 613336

The Sunart Centre/Arainn Shuaineirt, Acharacle

Mon 17 Nov

£10 (£8) / 01397 709228

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Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

Gordon's tales of his adventures, expedition and wildlife experiences.

Caird Hall, Dundee

Fri 24 Oct

£14.50 / 01382 434940

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Tue 11 Nov

Danske Bank Stage

£14.50 (£12.50) / 028 9038 1081

macrobert, Stirling

Sun 2 Nov

£12.50–£14.50 / 01786 466666

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Science Meets Art

George Donald talks through his drawing of a life model.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

Mon 1 Dec

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

Mon 5 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

Mon 2 Feb 2015

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

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The Word is Scots: Liz Lochhead and the Mother Tongue

Liz Lochhead talks about her work and the use of Scots language.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Oct

£12.50 / 0131 556 5100

Architecture for All: Living on the River

A discussion on the pros and cons of living on the water.

Old Royal Naval College, London SE10

Thu 23 Oct

£10 (£5) / 020 8269 4799

David Mitchell: Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse

The comedian, TV star, writer and actor talks about his latest book Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse which is a look at the absurdities of modern living.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Wed 12 Nov

£12.84–£16.05 / 020 7242 8032

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Sat 22 Nov

£22 / 01424 229111

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

Wed 12 Nov

£20 / 020 7591 3000

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The Eagle's Way: Jim Crumley

Jim Crumley discusses his book The Eagle's Way.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

£3 (Concessions £2) / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Lochee Community Library, Dundee

Wed 26 Nov

Free ticketed / 01382 431835

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Edinburgh Skeptics

Regular meet-ups of Edinburgh's most enquiring minds, breaking down doctrine with pints and chat.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 30 Oct

Free / 07896 745991

Geoff Holder: Zombies From History

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Jodi Picoult: Leaving Time

Popular author Jodi Picoult talks about her latest book, Leaving Time.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Thu 6 Nov

Free but ticketed / 01382 223181

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Free / 01382 223181

Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 8 Nov

£5–£7 / 0141 577 4956

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Sun 9 Nov

£6 (£4) / 028 9034 0202

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Bonar Hall, Dundee

Thu 23 Oct

£3 (Concessions £2) / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Royal Geographical Society: Climb Every Mountain

Jan Faull, Archive Production Curator at BFI, introduces a screening of rare examples of mountaineers summiting great peaks.

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

Thu 23 Oct

£28 (Members £26) / 020 7591 3000

Ticket price includes autumn buffet and wine reception

United Nations Association Edinburgh International Peace Conference

Two day conference on the theme of 'Sustainable Peace: Rights, Reconciliation and Restoration'.

Moray House Campus, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Oct

£20 (Students £10; one day ticket £12; one day student ticket £6)

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.

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50th Anniversary Debate

A debate about Welfare Reform with the Rt Hon. Frank Field MP and Nick Timmins (senior fellow, The King's Fund).

St Mary-Le-Bow Church, London EC2V

Mon 27 Oct

Free but ticketed / 020 7248 5139

A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator, talks about how photography and Queen Victoria influenced each other.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Abertay Historical Society: Dauvit Broun and Joanna Tucker

Dauvit Broun and Joanna Tucker from the University of Glasgow take part in this discussion – a local abbey's attitude to its charters: the cartulary of Lindores in Caprington Castle.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 12 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

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

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