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Dundee Afternoon Lecture: Christopher Whatley

Christopher Whatley discusses the Kirk and the struggle for hearts and minds in Angus during the Jacobite risings.

Tower Building, Dundee

Wed 11 Feb 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 384310

Dundee and Its Scientific Firsts

In 1867 the British Association for the Advancement of Science held their 37th Annual Meeting in Dundee to the dismay of some of its members. Despite assurances and persistence from the host city, many questioned the wisdom of taking this hugely prestigious event to a non-university Scottish town for the first time. These…

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 1 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 385564.

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Dundee and the Great War: Patriotism and Propaganda

A discussion on Dundee and the Great War, patriotism and propaganda with Dr Billy Kenefick from the University of Dundee.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Tue 2 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 307200

Dundee Arts Cafe

Regular talks from a variety of different speakers.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Tue 4 Nov

Free / 01382 307200

Todays topic is 'Understanding Ourselves and Other Through Digital Jewellery'.

Dundee Mountain Film Festival

The UK's longest continuous running mountain film festival (now in its 31st year) showcases an international programme of films by local film makers, presentations and book signings by world renowned mountaineers, adventurers and expedition leaders, and art and photography exhibitions.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Thu 27 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 730699

Fri 28 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 730699

Sat 29 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 730699

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Dundee Science Festival

A range of exciting and stimulating events, talks, shows and hands-on exhibits demonstrating the wonderful world of science. Everything from fossils to forensics are covered, with fun for kids as well as stand-up comedy and social events for grown-ups.

Various venues: Dundee

Sat 1 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sun 2 Nov

Times & prices vary

Mon 3 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 13 more dates until 16 Nov

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 Mountain Film Festival

The majesty of mountains is captured on film in a series of screenings, lectures and exhibitions. Focusing on adventure of all kinds, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding, BASE-jumping, mountain biking, kayaking and exploration are among some of the adrenaline-pumping activities represented.

George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 651 2189

Sat 7 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 651 2189

Sun 8 Feb 2015

Times & prices vary / 0131 651 2189

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. There will be food provided and everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share. All welcome.

Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 13 Nov

Free / 0131 667 7533

Talks include ‘3D Printing: no-hype, promise, just extraordinary art and design!’ by Ann Marie Shillito and 'Cerebral Diabetes and the Reversal of the Flynn Effect' by Mike McInnes.

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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Edinburgh Tarot Group

Join up with other folks interested in the mystical art of tarot at this monthly group, and share tips and tricks while you practice doing readings for other members.

Sofi's, Edinburgh

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 555 7019

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0131 555 7019

Eduardo Paolozzi

Curator and writer Judith Collins talks about Paolozzi.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 10 Nov

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Elite Business Conference and Exhibition

Two-day conference with speakers, seminars and networking opportunities for those looking to grow their business or start one up.

The Old Truman Brewery, London E1

Wed 18 Mar 2015

Free / 020 8214 1066

Thu 19 Mar 2015

Free / 020 8214 1066

Emporium of Dangerous Ideas

A unique education festival developed and promoted by the sector agency College Development Network, aimed at challenging, provoking and generating ideas about how education could be.

Various venues, Scotland

Tue 9 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary / 01786 892000

Wed 10 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary / 01786 892000

Thu 11 Jun 2015

Times & prices vary / 01786 892000

…and 8 more dates until 19 Jun 2015

Energy Choices : Subsidies, Security and Sustainability

How will Scotland meet its energy targets in the decades to come? What will be the balance between wind power and nuclear power and what part will fracking play? Paul Younger, Professor of Energy Engineering at Glasgow University, discusses these issues.

Milngavie Library

Wed 26 Nov

Free ticketed / 0141 956 2776

Part of Book Week Scotland.

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Environmental Art Festival Scotland: EAFS

The Environmental Art Festival Scotland (EAFS) explores our relationship with the landscape and environment through a series of environmental art commissions, performances, discussions and events.

Various venues: Dumfries & Galloway

Fri 28 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 07791 013943

Sat 29 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 07791 013943

Sun 30 Aug 2015

Times & prices vary / 07791 013943

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

Evening Talk: From plot to plate. How to plan and work a vegetable plot, presented by RBGE's Students of Horticulture

Each year, Students of Horticulture are given a small plot to plan and work a vegetable plot as part of their exam. The students will present their different designs, explaining their ideas and showing how the plots developed through the season, which problems had to be overcome and what grew well or not so well. There…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 19 Feb 2015

Lecture Theate at 20a Inverleith Row

£6 (Members £5) / 0131 248 2909

Evening Talk: In the footsteps of George Forrest with the Friends of RBGE - John Mitchell

A chance to see and hear firsthand details of the Friends of RBGE's recent botanical tour of China's Yunnan province under the skilled leadership of RBGE's Alpine plants expert John Mitchell.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 15 Jan 2015

Lecture Theatre at 20a Inverleith Row

£6 (Members £5) / 0131 248 2909

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

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An Evening With Ian Mcculloch: Talk

Acclaimed actor Ian McCulloch looks back over his career in film and TV, including his role as Greg Preston in the 1970s BBC TV series Survivors.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Sun 16 Nov

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01970 623 232

Part of Abertoir.

Evolve, Adapt, Survive

Visit the Garden of Evolution to see how plants have evolved over 500 million years. We’ll also see how evolution by natural selection has produced plants adapted to the very different rainforest and desert environments. Indoor options available.

University of Dundee Botanic Garden

Sat 15 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 381190

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

The Face of Dundee

What does the ‘average Dundonian’ look like? In the months leading up to Dundee Science Festival, we have merged together all of your faces and found out! All will be revealed in this lecture, which will explore historical and current interest in the relationship between appearance and behaviour.

University of Abertay, Dundee

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 01382 308646

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

A Feminist Chorus in Conversation

Join Dr Sarah Neely and artist Lucy Reynolds in discussion around A Feminist Chorus to coincide with the publication launch, which includes collected scores for the chorus and a commissioned essay by Dr Sarah Neely.

Glasgow Women's Library

Tue 25 Nov

Free ticketed / 0141 550 2267

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Festival Bookclub Lecture with Chris Murray and Daniel Cook

Learn more about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Dr Chris Murray and Dr Daniel Cook. Did you know Shelley’s mother Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin lived on Dundee’s South Baffin Street? That Frankenstein has inspired more than 130 films? That the novel resulted from a competition between Mary, her future husband Percy Bysshe…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

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