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Gavin Francis: Empire Antarctica – Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins

Although he went to Antarctica as an on-base medical doctor, Gavin Francis ended up spending a lot of time with emperor penguins during his fourteen months on the most icy and isolated of continents. Hear him talk about his life-changing experience among the birds.

Dunbar Library

Thu 27 Nov

Free ticketed / 01368 866060

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Getting to the Bones of the Problem: What do Forensic Anthropologists Really Do?

Over the course of three mini-events, featuring two presentations and a workshop we will introduce you to the world of Forensic Anthropology and Human Identification – as it is in the real world. Additional events will take place on Monday 10th November (presentation) and Friday 14th November (Forensic Family Fun Day).

Avery & Co, Dundee

Mon 3 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 201533

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Mon 10 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 201533

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Glasgow Café Scientifique

Explore the latest ideas in science and technology, outside a traditional academic context, at this forum for debating and promoting public engagement.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 3 Nov

Victorian Bar

Free / 0141 552 3748

… and breathe! – the asthma challenge by Clive Page.

Mon 1 Dec

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 5 Jan 2015

Free / 0141 552 3748

…and 10 more dates until 2 Nov 2015

Glasgow Skeptics

A biweekly event where speakers expound on science, pseudoscience, politics and policy to increase public understanding and engagement of these issues.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Mon 27 Oct

Free / 0141 221 7705

'Lies, Cover-Ups Theft and Death: Just Another Day in the Office. The Psychology of Corporate Corruption'.

West End, Glasgow

Mon 10 Nov

Free

Nate Felps: Leaving Hate Behind. The son of the late Fred Phelps talks about the Westboro Baptist Church, the childhood he spent growing up in it, and how he came to leave his family behind on his 18th birthday. Venue to be confirmed.

Greenspace and Health – a natural connection?

Dundee has a wonderful legacy of city parks donated by wealthy industrialists interested in promoting the health of their workforces. What relevance do these have today in meeting the health challenges of the modern age? George Potts, Senior Ranger of Countryside Ranger Service, explores links that make a natural…

Baxter Park, Dundee

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 01382 431848

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

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Growing old, keeping well: what you need to know

Do you have questions about aging? Have you wondered how to keep well into older age? Join Professor Marion McMurdo, Head of Aging and Health at the University of Dundee, for an informal talk on the aging process, followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments included.

Dundee Science Centre

Thu 13 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 868608

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Hallam Foe: Adapting Scottish Books for Screen

Many Scottish books have been adapted into feature films. Join us in Filmhouse to hear about the process of adaptation before we watch Hallam Foe. Written by Peter Jinks and then turned into a film by David Mackenzie in 2007, Hallam Foe features a grown up Jamie Bell.

macrobert, Stirling

Tue 25 Nov

Free tbc / 01786 466666

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Having Put Herself in the Picture: Tracing a Line through Kate Davis' Recent Work

Dr Dominic Paterson talks about the work of Kate Davis.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 27 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Historians in Conversation

Dr Tony Pollard and Professor Matt Strickland from the University's School of Humanities discuss 'Fragments of Fragments: The Archaeology of Warfare in the time of Robert the Bruce'.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 26 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

How to get to 100 and Enjoy It

An interactive exhibition showing how the population is changing and examining the chances of living long enough to receive that telegram from the Queen.

The Lowry, Salford

Mon 10 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

Wed 12 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

…and 2 more dates until 14 Nov

National Assembly For Wales, Cardiff

Tue 2 Dec

Free / 02380 592579

Wed 3 Dec

Free / 02380 592579

Thu 4 Dec

Free / 02380 592579

Silverburn, Glasgow

Mon 17 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

Tue 18 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

Wed 19 Nov

Free / 02380 592579

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Humans of Dundee: Dundee, one story at a time

Inspired by the original Humans of New York (‘New York City, one story at a time’), Dylan Drummond and Tammy Lyn Shaw started a photo census of the people of Dundee and the surrounding area. 9 months and several hundred photographs later, the Humans of Dundee Facebook page has over 8,000 fans and is growing every day.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sun 26 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Impartial Advice on Biomass Renewable Heating

Home Energy Scotland offer free and impartial advice on wood fuelled (biomass) and other renewable heating systems. Booking is essential.

Corn Exchange, Biggar

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 0808 808 2282

Internet Dating with Darwin

Over 25 years before Charles Darwin’s and Alfred Wallace’s papers on the subject, Perthshire-born landowner Patrick Matthew published his own discovery of ‘the natural process of selection’. Dr Michael Sutton will describe how Matthew, not Darwin, should be celebrated as solver of the problem of species. Join Dundee…

Braes Bar, Dundee

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 01382 226344

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

King's Museum Lunchtime Talks

A series of regular talks on historical topics. Student volunteers provide an introduction to the current King's Museum exhibition ‘Victorian Time: Spirit of the Age.’ The student curated exhibition provides an insight into how time was valued in the Victorian era, exploring how the Victorians perceived the past, present…

King's Museum, Aberdeen

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 01224 274330

Wed 29 Oct

Free / 01224 274330

Fri 31 Oct

Free / 01224 274330

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 01224 274330

Koen Vanmechelen: Darwin's Dream – Panel Discussion

Panel discussion with the artist, curators James Putnam and Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts and Belgian geneticist Em. Prof. Jean-Jacques Cassiman, a longterm collaborator of the artist. Places are limited. Booking is essential.

St Pancras Church, London NW1

Fri 14 Nov

Free / 020 8558 6982

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Landscape with Apollo and the Muses by Claude Lorrain (1652)

Andrew Patterson talks about the influence of Claude Lorrain.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 21 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

Lari Don & Roy Gill: Teen thrillers

Mind Blind is Lari Don’s first book for teen readers - a thriller, with death, crime, a bit of swearing, betrayal and chases! Ciaran Bane is a criminal with a very useful talent: he can read minds. But his skill comes at a price… In Werewolf Parallel, the fur-raising sequel to dark supernatural fantasy Daemon Parallel…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Late Tuesday: Outrage & Beauty – The Battle To Save Britain's Heritage

An evening of talks, screenings and tours devoted to the fight for Britain's historic architecture.

RIBA, London W1B

Learning from Nature: Place-based biomimicry

Biomimicry, the emulation of nature’s genius, is becoming a hot topic on science and technology issues. Come along to these fascinating talks and workshops to find out more. • 10am – 11am Talk: Biomimicry and the 'Sense of place' • 12pm – 12.30pm Activity: Natural Systems Games • 12.30pm – 1.30pm Break • 1.30pm – 2pm…

University of Dundee Botanic Garden

Sun 9 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 381190

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Lee Miller’s Transgressive Eroticism

Patricia Allmer of the University of Edinburgh talks about legendary photographer and sometime model Lee Miller, in a talk prompted by Miller's extraordinary diptych Severed Breast (from Radical Mastectomy).

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 11 Nov

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

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Legalities of Later Life

Lyn Parkin and Co give advice on laws of attorney, will writing, probate and care facilities.

Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Mon 12 Jan 2015

Free / 01234 767037

Life Behind the Lens: Inspiring the Next Generation of Film and TV Documentary Makers

A panel of award winning TV and film experts discuss their experience and expertise. Ages 16+.

Cineworld IMAX, Glasgow

Local Railways: Decline and Revival

Richard Crane discusses the history of Bedfordshire's local railway network.

Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Mon 17 Nov

Free / 01234 767037

Losing Sight Of Glory: Six Centuries Of Battlefield Surgery

Medical history expert Michael Crumplin discusses the dramatic history of battlefield surgery. Booking is essential.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Tue 28 Oct

Free / 020 3075 1649

Mackintosh Architecture Architects in Conversation

Contemporary architects give a series of presentations on themes inspired by the exhibition.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

Sun 7 Dec

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

Sun 14 Dec

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

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