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October 2015

£6

Stewart Brewery Tour

Mon October 12, 2015 @ 19:0021:00
Stewart Brewing, Loanhead, 26a Dryden Road, Bilston Glen Ind Estate
Loanhead, Midlothian EH20 9LZ United Kingdom

Whether a self-proclaimed beer geek or eager beer novice, this is the event for you. Join master brewer Steve Stewart on a tour of Stewart Brewery and enjoy a sample or two of their freshly brewed beer served with some tasty snacks. See the pilot brew kit where new recipes are concocted, and find out all you would like to know about the science of brewing. This event is for 18+ only, £6 per ticket, please click on the link…

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£3.50

Science of Stone

Tue October 13, 2015 @ 18:0020:00
Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan
Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9PU United Kingdom

  Tonight's  event holds something for all the FAMILY.  Adults head on a fascinating tour of the historic Rosslyn Chapel with master stonemason Nic Boyes. Learn how the chapel was built back in the 15th century, the art of building with stone and the painstaking preservation work carried out by Nic and his team.  Meantime,  the children will be in for a treat with a hands on workshop in medieval masonry with Historic Scotland. For families, £3.50 each, please book…

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Free

Bring Back the Bees

Wed October 14, 2015 @ 19:0021:00
Secret Herb Garden, 32A Old Pentland Rd, Lothianburn
Damhead, Midlothian EH10 7EA United Kingdom

Mark Barnet, as a scientist and beekeeper, joined a citizen science project which mapped honeybee health throughout Scotland. Mark will talk about this, and further investigations under-way at the Roslin Institute. He will be followed by a talk from Brian Pool - expert bee-keeper. Refreshments available at a small charge by the Secret Herb Garden. This event is free and for adults, please book your space below. The venue has wheelchair access.

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£2

RNA – The unsung hero of life

Thu October 15, 2015 @ 14:0015:00
Penicuik Town Hall, High Street,
Penicuik , EH26 8HS

A talk by Professor Jean Beggs, Edinburgh's queen of RNA. Jean Duthie Beggs CBE FRS is a distinguished British geneticist. She is the Royal Society Darwin Trust Professor in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1998. She was the Royal Society of Edinburgh Vice President for Life Sciences 2009-2012 and this afternoon she will talk about her pioneering work in molecular biology. You've heard…

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Free

Reading into… Mental Health

Thu October 15, 2015 @ 16:0017:00
Danderhall Library, 1a Campview
Danderhall , Midlothian EH22 1QD United Kingdom
Book - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

Open book event: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrel. Come along and discuss the fascinating life of Esme Lennox: "a woman edited out of her family's history, and of the secrets that come to light when, sixty years later, she is released from care, and a young woman, Iris, discovers the great aunt she never knew she had." Discuss this fantastic novel set in the Indian Colonies in the 1930s over a refreshing cup of tea. Dr…

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October 2016

Free

Scotland’s Industrial Past – Wilsontown Ironworks

Mon October 10, 2016 @ 19:3021:00
Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan
Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9PU United Kingdom
Drawing of industrial town

Join Emma Stewart of the  Forestry Commission Scotland as she talks about an unique heritage project in the heart of a long disused industrial site.  

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Free

Phantasmagoria – fantastic images!

Thu October 13, 2016 @ 19:0021:00
Dalkeith Corn Exchange, 200, High Street
Dalkeith, eh22 1az United Kingdom
Victorian camera

The development of photography during the nineteenth century enabled images to be captured permanently and displayed either as prints or as slides projected onto a screen using a 'magic lantern.' Scotland played a major part in this story through the work of scientists such as James Clerk Maxwell and David Brewster, while photographers such as Hill & Adamson and George Washington Wilson brought the images to a wider public. Tom & Winnie Stevenson will outline the history of photography and…

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Free

Gorebridge – The gunpower years..

Tue October 18, 2016 @ 19:0020:00
Gorebridge Library, 98 Hunterfield Road
Gorebridge, Midlothian EH23 4TT United Kingdom
Black drawing of dead animals

In 1794, Scotland’s first Gunpowder Mill started operations on the banks of the Gore Water. It was closed shortly after 1861. Join us as we host speaker Joan Simpson, who will share her knowledge of those 'gunpowder years' in Gorebridge, setting them in their local and european historical context. A fascinating evening.

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£3.50

Honey bees – past, present and future

Wed October 19, 2016 @ 19:3021:00
Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan
Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9PU United Kingdom
Bee flying over flower

Honey bees: past and present.  Come and hear from medieval historian Richard Almond about the meaning of a bee house built into Rosslyn Chapel, before coming right up to date with the latest genetic research in to bee health in Scotland with beekeeper and scientist Mark Barnett.  

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Free – £2

How biology depends on models

Thu October 20, 2016 @ 14:0015:00
Penicuik Town Hall, High Street,
Penicuik , EH26 8HS
People listening to Science Talk

Model organisms have been immensely useful to understand basic biological questions. Despite being separated by several hundred millions years of evolution, the basic principles of life is remarkably similar on the cellular level. Find out how model organisms help us study chromosome inheritance to gain a deeper understanding of health and disease. Speaker is Dr. Patrick Heun from University of Edinburgh Hosted by U3A.  

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Free

Untangling Resilience to depression

Thu October 20, 2016 @ 18:3020:30
IKEA Edinburgh, Straiton Road
Loanhead, Midlothian EH20 9PW United Kingdom
A plant sprouting through tarmac.

Many people talk about ‘resilience’, but what exactly is it? What factors make some people more resilient than others? Is it their brain or their environment? This event brings together mental health researchers, practitioners, and members of the public to discuss and debate this important issue, which affects every one of us. Join speakers, including researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Strathclyde for a thought-provoking evening to untangle the complex concept of resilience. Enjoy a cup of tea…

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£3.50

Rosslyn Remains – Archeology at the Chapel

Fri October 21, 2016 @ 19:3021:00
Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan
Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9PU United Kingdom
Picture of Rosslyn Chapel

In the lovely setting of the Rosslyn Chapel visitor centre AOC  will talk about Commercial Archaeology - why it is required, and how it is funded, followed by a discussion of the works conducted at Rosslyn Chapel during which medieval remains were found.  The speakers will also summarise works completed at Roslin Primary School which uncovered prehistoric palisaded settlement.  

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October 2017

Free

The Science Behind Colour

Wed October 18, 2017 @ 14:0015:00
Dalkeith Arts Centre, 2 White Hart Street
Dalkeith, EH22 1AE United Kingdom

Ever wondered how you can see so many colours? This demo-rich talk will introduce you to the science behind colour vision. Suitable for over 12yrs and adults. (not for young children)  

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Free

Hydro Power Scotland

Thu October 19, 2017 @ 18:0020:00
IKEA Edinburgh, Straiton Road
Loanhead, Midlothian EH20 9PW United Kingdom

A talk exploring Scotland's use of hydro power.... Water was the driving force for the early industrial revolution in Scotland. Water wheels powered mills for grinding corn, saw mills, threshing mills; even a gunpowder factory in Roslin Glen. And now, hundreds of small scale community micro-hydro plants are making an important contribution to Scotland’s energy supply. Come along to find out more about how our water wheels of the past have shaped today's micro-hydro power.  

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Free

A History of Coal Mining

Thu October 19, 2017 @ 19:0021:00
Mayfield Library, Stone Avenue, Mayfield,
Dalkeith, Midlothian EH22 5PB United Kingdom

Join us for a presentation by local historian James Hogg, who will give an illustrated talk on the history of Midlothian Coal Mining.  

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October 2018

Free

Discovering Burke

Mon October 8, 2018 @ 19:0021:00
Newbattle Abbey College, Newbattle Rd
Dalkeith, EH22 3LL United Kingdom

Back by popular demand.. Join Janet Philp, the author of "Burke - Now and Then" to unearth the tale behind Edinburgh's most infamous serial killers. Book yourself in for Monday 8th from 7pm-9pm.  

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Free

Happiness in Everyday Life

Wed October 10, 2018 @ 18:3020:00
IKEA Edinburgh, Straiton Road
Loanhead, Midlothian EH20 9PW United Kingdom

Happiness in everyday life For Mental Health Awareness Day 2018 we invite three University of Edinburgh researchers to discuss happiness. What is happiness, what makes us happy, and does staying happy keep us healthy? Stella Chan is a Clinical Psychologist and lead researcher on Project Soothe which explores why some images elicit feelings of calmness and peacefulness. Catharine Ward Thompson is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art. She is Director of OPENspace research centre. Her work focuses on…

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Free

How many meatballs can my table hold?

Thu October 11, 2018 @ 18:3020:00
IKEA Edinburgh, Straiton Road
Loanhead, Midlothian EH20 9PW United Kingdom

UPDATE: EVENT CANCELLED   So what does your IKEA table have in common with the Queensferry Crossing? As part of the Institution of Civil Engineers 200th anniversary celebrations, engineer Cat will explain how design applies to all areas of our lives and show you that the design process that means your table safely holds up your plate of meatballs is just the same as the one that holds up your house (or that lovely new bridge). Come along Thursday 11th…

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Free

Human Prion Disease in 2018

Fri October 12, 2018 @ 19:3021:00
St Davids Catholic Church, 41 Eskbank Rd
Dalkeith, Midlothian EH22 3BH United Kingdom

Prions are misfolded proteins found in the brain and nerves of many species. They are normally harmless but, if they misfold, they cause a fatal and transmissible disease. This 45 minute talk will be the roller-coaster history of the BSE outbreak, the rise of the vCJD epidemic and how the outbreak of mad cow disease is still affecting people's lives 30 years later. Speaker Dr Neil McKenzie https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/nmckenzie Join us with the Esk Valley Trust on Friday 12th from 7:30pm-9pm.  Booking…

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£2

What is ‘Deep Learning’?

Thu October 18, 2018 @ 14:0015:00
Penicuik Town Hall, High Street,
Penicuik , EH26 8HS

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is suddenly one of the hottest topics in computer science today. But what really is Machine Learning, and how does it work? Why is it suddenly such a big deal, and will it really bring about a fundamental change in the world we inhabit? How deep is a "deep neural network" anyway? And how long will it be before this talk can be given by a silicon-based presenter instead of a carbon-based one? Come and discover all…

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