Before 5pm, Talks & lectures

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Glasgow Comic Con

Indulge your love of all things graphic at this fiesta of films, comics and fandoms. There's also book dealers, toy sellers, indie comic publishers and comic creators – everything your comic-loving heart desires. Special guests include John Higgins, David Lloyd, Mark Millar, Sean Phillips, Cameron Stewart, John Wagner…

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£15–£20; VIP £60 (£10–£15; Children £6–£10; Family £37–£50) / 0141 352 4900

The Creators Hub

Sun 5 Jul

£15–£20; VIP £60 (£10–£15; Children £6–£10; Family £37–£50) / 0141 352 4900

The Creators Hub

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£15–£20; VIP £60 (£10–£15; Children £6–£10; Family £37–£50) / 0141 352 4900

The Central Hub

Sun 5 Jul

£15–£20; VIP £60 (£10–£15; Children £6–£10; Family £37–£50) / 0141 352 4900

The Central Hub

Renfield St Stephen's Church, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

Renfield Centre

£15–£20; VIP £60 (£10–£15; Children £6–£10; Family £37–£50) / 0141 352 4900

Cosplay Hub (Sat only)

Ingenious Impressions: MUSE Tours

Student MUSEs (Museum University Student Educators) lead these tours, which run daily and last for approximately 30 minutes.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Fri 22 May

Free / 0141 330 4221

Sat 23 May

Free / 0141 330 4221

Sun 24 May

Free / 0141 330 4221

…and 24 more dates until 21 Jun

100 Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries Scotland Director-General John Leighton discusses his new book, which features a hundred of the galleries' best-loved masterpieces.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 26 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

21st Century Otters

A lively illustrated talk with otter expert Melanie Findlay.

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Jedburgh

Sun 24 May

£5 / 01835 830306

Part of Scotland's Nature Festival.

Art & Energy: How Culture Changes

Author Barry Lord’s illustrated lecture shows how each energy source brings with it certain values that become fundamental to the cultures we create with them. The Energy Debate is really a conflict of cultures, particularly the heightening contest today between the dominant culture of consumption that oil and gas brought…

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Sun 31 May

Free / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

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The Art of Botanical Illustration: An insight into where it is today?

Join artist and tutor Janne Richardson for an insight into the world of botanical illustration, its development and where it is today. Janne will describe the process involved of creating a finished botanical painting.

Zoology Building, Aberdeen

Sun 31 May

Zoology Lecture Theatre

Free / 01224 274330

Part of May Festival 2015.

The Art of Performance

What does it mean to perform? Is performance participative? What is the role of performance in Aberdeen? This presentation brings together arts practitioners, academics and students to offer a range of short performances, including sound, theatre and polemic, followed by a round table discussion to consider the nature of…

Linklater Rooms, Aberdeen

Sat 30 May

Free / 01224 272000

Part of May Festival 2015.

Bad Bugs Fight Drugs

Short talks and discussion on the deadly bugs that can hide in the hospital environment. Take part in a discussion led by expert scientists from around Scotland on how we can prevent the development of drug resistant bacteria. Would you know who the killer is?

Regent Building, Aberdeen

Sun 31 May

Regent Lecture Theatre

Free

Part of May Festival 2015.

The Big Outdoor Show

An activity weekend where outdoor enthusiasts and families can visit or camp. Featuring seminars with famous explorers, mountain bike displays, wakeboarding and evening fun.

Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

Fri 22 May

£9.50–£49.50 (Family £24.50; Family £125.50–£149.50; Children £0–£19.50; Seniors £7.50) / 0871 220 0260

Breaking, "Breaking Amish" - The Amish and the Maintenance of Cultural Identity

What is cultural identity and what can we learn from the Amish, if anything, on maintaining unique cultures in an increasingly global world? A look at myth and identity in the modern world through reflections on the Amish.

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Sat 30 May

Multimedia Room

Free / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

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The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat

At a time when an increasing proportion of the world’s population is suffering from obesity and its related health issues, Tim Spector offers an important and fascinating perspective on this global epidemic. He explains that because of the way in which our attitudes to food have changed over the last few decades, we are…

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Sat 30 May

£3 (Concessions £3) / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

Dirt, Death and DNA: Delving into the use of Soil in Criminal Investigations

Are the crime programmes you see on TV based on real evidence? Find out as we discuss how effective soil is in criminal investigations with Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensics at the James Hutton Institute. This event is part of International Year of Soils.

Zoology Building, Aberdeen

Sun 31 May

Zoology Lecture Theatre

£3 (Concessions £3) / 01224 274330

Part of May Festival 2015.

Don’t Make a Further Loan of a Loan

Discover how the Gaelic language ignored one of its own proverbs! Ruairidh Maclean looks at interactions and word transfer between Gaelic and other languages, including Scots. Bheir Ruairidh MacIlleathain sùil air ciamar a leig a’ Ghàidhlig seachad an seanfhacal aice fhèin! Bruidhinnidh e air eadar-obrachaidhean agus…

Linklater Rooms, Aberdeen

Sat 30 May

Free / 01224 272000

Part of May Festival 2015.

Festival Insights: Antigone again and again

Olga Taxidou, Professor of Drama, and Douglas Cairns, Professor of Classics at the University of Edinburgh discuss the significance of Antigone in the context of its own time, and the special attraction of the play and the character for audiences, performers, philosophers and theorists from antiquity to modernity. Chaired…

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 11 Aug

£6 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Festival Insights: The Scottish Supernatural

Andrew Graham-Dixon joins Professor Penny Fielding and Professor Randall Stevens from the University of Edinburgh to discuss the tradition of the Supernatural in Scottish literature, with particular reference to Festival 2015 productions Lanark and Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Chaired by Octavian Saiu.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 17 Aug

£6 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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The Fiddle at Sea: Exploring the Musical Traditions of Northern Sailors

Combining live and recorded music, photography, film and anecdotes, ‘The Fiddle at Sea’ is an audio-visual exploration. Frances Wilkins, lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the Elphinstone Institute, will give a compelling account of the importance of music among Scottish sailors, and the impact of this music on those who came…

Linklater Rooms, Aberdeen

Fri 29 May

Free / 01224 272000

Part of May Festival 2015.

Food for the Future

How can we feed the ever-growing population? And how will our food change in the future? Four Experts will discuss how Scotland’s food producers and food industry can respond to the challenges. The debate will explore new technologies that might be available and the interesting and unusual foods we might be eating in the…

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Fri 29 May

Free / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

Lessons from the Top with Gavin Esler

Great leaders have always understood the power of stories. Through the stories they tell, the most successful leaders educate, persuade and bring about change, but we rarely have the background knowledge to explore how they do so. In this hugely insightful guide to getting to the top, leading journalist Gavin Esler…

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Sun 31 May

£6 (Concessions £4) / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

Making a Splash

Patrick Miley, father and coach of Commonwealth gold-medallist Hannah will give an insight into the highs and lows of sport, the secret of being a successful coach and how the Mileys find a balance between their personal and professional relationships. The talk will also include interview clips with Hannah, specially…

Aberdeen Sports Village

Sat 30 May

Seminar Room

£3 (Concessions £3) / 01224 438900

Part of May Festival 2015.

Maxwell at Marischal: Five centuries of physics in Aberdeen

Aberdeen has a long and rich history of contributions to physics. At the 2015 May Festival, as part of the celebrations for the International Year of Light, we will explore the work of James Clerk Maxwell who proposed the electromagnetic theory of light and demonstrated colour photography for the first time using a tartan…

Regent Building, Aberdeen

Sat 30 May

Regent Lecture Theatre

Free

Part of May Festival 2015.

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A New Season in the North

A new project with its roots in a tradition of anthology-making that runs through Patrick Geddes and Allan Ramsay to sixteenth-century Edinburgh, The Evergreen: A New Season in the North explores the ways in which literature, art, and urban regeneration come together to shape communities. The anthology’s editors Sean…

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Fri 29 May

Multimedia Room

Free / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

NHS 2020: What will healthcare look like in five years’ time?

What should we expect from those who provide our healthcare, and what should they expect from us? How do we maximise medical advances and costly drugs in the context of us living longer and having higher expectations? Join a panel of experts to debate the challenges – and the opportunities – in planning a resilient health…

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Sat 30 May

£3 (Concessions £3) / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

Opening Lecture: Lee Miller and Picasso

Antony Penrose, director of the Lee Miller Archives (and the son of the late, great photographer), talks about the relationship of Lee Miller and Pablo Picasso. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 23 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

£4 (£3) / 0131 624 6560

Reviving Your Career

Job insecurity is a fact of life for all of us and planning for job development is an important issue for everyone. Hear more about the options for Continuous Professional Development and discuss the current working trends, such as the need and impacts of multiple part time jobs, in this interactive event with Dr Julian…

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Sat 30 May

Multimedia Room

Free / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

SCO Explore: Brahms

Michael Downes of the University of St Andrews explores Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem in the context of Brahms's own life and historical context. Other speakers include SCO Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill, who talks about Brahms' instrumental writing and why it's so distinctive.

John McIntyre Building, Glasgow

Sat 12 Mar 2016

£30 including tea/coffee

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