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Kick off i Edinburgh

08.02.2018

Årets kick off går til forskningsfestivalen Edinburgh International Science festival. Festivalen feirer 30 år i år og er Europas eldste. Programmet består av mange arrangementsbeøk og vil ha en "kjernetid" i peroden tirsdag 3. april kl 17.30 til onsdag 4. april kl. 23.

Praktisk info:

Vi har bestilt 50 rom på Raddison Blue hotel, 80 High Street, The Royal Mile til £159 per natt. Her kommer vi til å ha møte onsdag formiddag. Vi kan komme med råd til andre hoteller dersom det blir fullt der, men har ikke mulighet til å booke for dere på andre hoteller. Først til mølla!

Ved påmelding må dere velge hvilke arrangementer dere ønsker. Alle arrangementene krever påmelding, og de fleste av dem koster også penger.

Seminaret er gratis: Vi bestiller og dekker kostnadene til billetter for alle og vi betaler to middager og en lunsj. Dere bestiller og betaler reise og hotell selv.

Sjekk gjerne ut programmet på egenhånd også. Det ligger her

Påmeldingen er klar om et par dager, i mellomtiden kan dere bestemme dere for hvilke arrangementer dere ønsker å få med dere!

Program

Tirsdag kl 17.00 vi møtes på Raddison Blue hotel, 80 High Street,The Royal Mile og deler oss på de ulike arrangementene. Det er fem parallelle arrangementer å velge mellom:

1) LOW POWER, HIGH VOLUME, SERIOUS IMPACT
DISCUSSION | 5.30PM |1 HOUR
Prof David Flynn, a Fellow at Arm Ltd, will reflect on the challenges of energy-efficient design, its implementation and the use of modern computer chips. He will discuss the partnerships which support applications from sensors to servers and the role technology has to play in connecting communities and addressing sustainable global development goals.

2) UNEARTHING THE SECRETS OF CORPSES
AGES 18+ SPECIAL EVENT | 5.30PM | 90 MINS
We are born, we live and then we die. But then what? It's the start of a fascinating, eventful, if a bit gory and smelly, journey that happens as your body decomposes. However there is much about human composition that we don't know. Delving into the secrets of human corpses, paranormal investigator Innes Smith is joined by forensic anthropologist Dr Anna Williams, Dr Christopher Rynn, forensic artist and Human Remains Conservator Cat Irving of Surgeons' Hall Museums, who will demonstrate how tissue can be preserved. Warning: the event will contain smells and images that some attendees may find unpleasant.

3) MAPPING THE FUTURE
DISCUSSION | 5.30PM | 90 MINS
We all love maps and making journeys, but this experience has advanced significantly, thanks to smarter geospatial information. In this event, we'll reveal some of the developments being made by the industry. Our diverse panel includes President of the Royal Geographical Society, Prof Iain Stewart; CEO of Ordnance Survey, Nigel Clifford; Prof Paul Longley of the University College London; Chief Science Advisor at the National Farmers' Union, Dr Helen Ferrier and founder of geospatial company, CARTO, Javier de la Torre. They will canvas the audience for instant feedback on geography-related ideas and take a closer look at the social, ethical and privacy considerations that come with all these advances.

4) FROM BENCH TO BEDSIDE AND BEYOND
DISCUSSION | 5.30PM | 90 MINS
It takes an average of 12 years for a drug to travel from the research lab bench to the patient's bedside. Edinburgh's BioQuarter is a leading campus for translational medical research, turning innovative ideas into reality and driving medical innovation in Scotland and beyond. Discussing how new medical treatments are progressed from 'bench to bedside' in the cutting-edge field of stem cell research, healthcare journalist Pennie Taylor is joined by Programme Director Hans Möller, University of Edinburgh neurologist Prof Anna Williams, University of Edinburgh stem cell researcher Dr Tilo Kunath and Cell Therapy Development Manager for RoslinCT, Dr Lindsay Fraser.

5) NEW WEAPONS, NEW WOUNDS: MEDICINE IN WAR AND REBELLION
DISCUSSION | 6.30PM | 1 HOUR | ALSO ON THU 5
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and discover how medicine has adapted over the centuries to cope with the increasingly sophisticated weaponry of warfare and the nature of resulting casualties. The College's fascinating collections of medical objects and books will show the many facets of medical practice in the history of war and rebellion, telling the stories from the front line of medicine. Presented by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

20.00 Tre parallelle arrangementer, velg mellom: 

1) WHO LIVES AND WHO DRIVES?
DISCUSSION | 8PM| 90 MINS
We are rapidly approaching a time where self-driving cars will be an everyday reality, and intelligent robots will be making routine decisions about our healthcare treatments. But what happens when machines have to make a choice between human life or death? Join Prof Lilian Edwards, philosopher Dr Mark Sprevak and expert in human interactions with automated vehicles Dr Tyron Louw to discuss how, or if, it’s possible to programme morality and reduce ethics to an algorithm, who decides which principles apply and who bears ultimate responsibility if things go wrong.

2) WHAT NEXT FOR THE ANIMALS OF PLANET EARTH?
DISCUSSION | 8PM | 1 HOUR
More than any animal in the history of planet Earth, humans are altering the planet immeasurably. Which animals will adapt to our presence? Join zoologist Jules Howard as three well-known evolutionary biologists pitch their survivors to the audience, giving details of their possible future evolution and the form they may one day take thanks to our relentless being. Panel includes world fly expert Dr Erica McAlister, zoology curator Paolo Viscardi and ape expert Adriana Lowe.

3) WHAT THE WORLD CAN TEACH US
DISCUSSION | 8PM | 1 HOUR
From mobile phones to hearing aids, microphones are very common yet their designs still have significant drawbacks. Could nature play a role in improving their quality and our lives? Join engineer Dr Rob Malkin for an award winning talk, as he explores biomimicry and shows how studying insects with fascinating hearing organs could hold the key to helping us build bio-inspired acoustic Devices.

21.30 Vi møtes til felles middag på Jamie's Italian, The Assembly Rooms, 54, George Street

Onsdag 4. april

9:00 Vi starter på hotellet med møte i hotellets møterom. Vi vil bl.a. møte Amanda Tyndall, head of programme som vil fortelle oss om hvordan de setter sammen programmet for festivalen, samt ha en del faste poster fra oss i sekretariatet.

12.00 lunsj på hotellet

13.00-16.30 Dere kan velge mellom besøk på City Arts Centre eller National Museum of Scotland.

17.30 Det er fem parallelle arrangementer å velge mellom:

1) SEARCHING FOR DARK MATTER AND DARK ENERGY
DISCUSSION | 5.30PM | 90 MINS
Join philosopher of science, Prof Michela Massimi; cosmologists Prof Ofer Lahav and Prof John Peacock; astrophysicists Prof Kathy Romer and Prof Alex Murphy to learn about dark matter and dark energy, and hear the latest evidence suggesting they make up most of the cosmos. Discover the methods, and experimental techniques used at the Dark Energy Survey, and pressing philosophical questions surrounding them. The event is chaired by BBC radio broadcaster Dr Shahidha Bari.

2) MAKING THE MONSTER
DISCUSSION | 5.30PM |1 HOUR
Explore the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein... Is there any science fact behind the science fiction? And how might a real-life Victor Frankenstein have gone about creating his monster? The century before its publication saw huge advances in our understanding of science, particularly electricity and physiology. Sensational science demonstrations caught the imagination of the general public, and newspapers were full of lurid tales of murderers and resurrectionists. From stories of artificial life and experimental surgery, to 'monsters' and electrical experiments on human cadavers, Dr Kathryn Harkup examines the science and scientists that influenced Shelley and inspired her most famous creation.

3) THIS TIME, IT'S PERSONAL: THE FUTURE OF HEART DISEASE DIAGNOSIS
DISCUSSION | 5.30PM | 90 MINS
Join British Heart Foundation Scotland for a panel discussion about the future diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. You'll discover how a more precise test developed in Edinburgh could identify those most at risk of a heart attack and how measuring levels of the protein troponin in our blood could indicate heart health. You'll also hear Gavin McMurray's story of the devastation of losing a lifelong friend to a heart attack, then surviving a heart attack himself years later, experiences which inspired him to raise money for BHF Scotland while achieving lifelong sporting ambitions.

4) SOUND ART
AGES 16+ WORKSHOP | 5.30PM | 90 MINS
Lose yourself inside the aural landscape of drawing, where the sound of mark-making becomes an instrument in The Reverse Engineer's orchestra. Using the magic of live sampling and electronic manipulation, Topaz Pauls and Dave House will create a rich soundscape using your pencil's rhythmic hatching, your charcoal's sensual swooping, your paper's gentle rustling, and the model's heartbeat and breath. An experiment in immersive life drawing, not to be missed.

5) FRIEND OR FOE? THE PARASITES THAT LIVE INSIDE US
DISCUSSION | 5.30PM | 1 HOUR
Explore our relationships with the many parasites that live inside us. You'll find out why some parasites are so deadly and how the latest research is trying to prevent and control them. You'll meet arguably the world's most successful parasite – Toxoplasma gondii – which can infect all warm-blooded animals and lives in the brains of 1 in 5 people in Scotland. You'll also discover ways in which parasites – in the form of worm therapies – could be the answer to controlling our immune responses to prevent allergic diseases such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.

20.00 Tre parallelle arrangementer, velg mellom: 

1) LOST AND FOUND
DISCUSSION | 8PM | 1 HOUR
Neurologist, Dr Jules Montague, explores what remains of the person left behind when the pieces of their mind go missing. Why do some memories endure and others fade? Why do you sometimes forget why you went into a room? And what if rather than losing memories, your mind creates false ones – are they still yours, and do they still make you, you? In her new book, Lost and Found, Dr Montague looks at how we lose ourselves and those around us – and how we can be found again. Presented by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

2) SHOULD WE 'EDIT OUT' DISABILITY?
DISCUSSION | 8PM | 90 MINS
Scientific breakthroughs like genome editing tool CRISPR may lead to the potential to ‘edit out’ hereditary disabilities as well as diseases. Is this a choice we should make? A world without disability could mean fewer people live with pain and discomfort, but it could also curb social diversity and lessen the capacity to engage with others with different experiences. Some people see their disability as part of their identity and wouldn’t change it, while others would welcome the idea. Join our panel including leading disability studies researcher and theorist Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell, campaigner in deaf/disability issues Tomato Lichy, and science policy and bioethics expert Dr Sarah Chan to discuss who should decide this complex question, and how close the science is to making these decisions a reality.

3) DIGITAL GRIEF
DISCUSSION | 8PM |75 MINS
Our lives are increasingly lived online and when we die, we leave behind emails, social media accounts and a world of other data for those closest to us to deal with. Now, digital technologies are also influencing our grieving processes; social media share both personal and collective mourning online, chatbots act as grief counsellors and more and more people are faced with the challenge of managing the digital legacies of their loved ones. Dr Korina Giaxoglou, who researches the sharing of mourning on social media, will be joined by social scientist and mental health expert Dr Jo Bell to explore how we grieve in the digital age.

21.30 Felles middag på The Dome, 14 George St, New Town

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