Science Conversations @ Edinburgh

Science Conversations @ Edinburgh will begin on Monday 17 June 2013 and will take place over the following two weeks, ending on Friday, 28 June. Throughout the two weeks a range of interactive activities will be on offer and you can take part in as many or a few as you like, depending on your available time and interests.

The events are delivered fully online.  All events (except An Audience with Peter Higgs) are run in two sessions with material in the second session leading on from that covered in the first.


An Audience with Peter Higgs

  • Professor Peter Higgs, Mr Alan Walker, Dr Victoria Martin, Francisca Monserrat Garay

Join Professor Higgs and a select panel of his Edinburgh colleagues, including members of the ATLAS experiment at CERN, through a live webcast for a fascinating interactive evening setting out the importance of the discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs Boson, the inspiration behind it and the extraordinary technology and human endeavour that enabled this discovery to be made.
Date: Thursday 20 June 18:00 – 19:00 BST

Citizen Science- Drug Discovery - Help Create a Resource for Scientists Fighting Malaria Drug discovery

  • Professor Malcolm Walkinshaw, Dr Douglas Houston, Dr Franciscs Mutapi

Across the globe one child under five dies of malaria every minute of every day, all year. Take part in a crowd-sourcing exercise to link up information on potential drugs into a resource that will be freely available to the scientific community, and get a flavour of modern drug discovery.
Session 1: Monday 17 June 19:00 - 20:00 BST
Session 2: Thursday 27 June 19:00 - 20:00 BST

The Habitability of Mars

  • Professor Charles CockellMars

Is Mars habitable? Life needs certain elements and physical conditions to be able to persist on a planetary surface. In this activity we will look at whether Mars had or has conditions that are suitable for life.
Session 1: Tuesday 25 June 19:00 - 20:00 BST
Session 2: Friday 28 June 19:00 - 20:00 BST

Shine a Light: Identify a Molecule of Astrochemical Importance

  • Dr David Rogers, Dr Carole Morrison

You will be introduced to quantum chemistry, including electronic structure theory and spectroscopy, and how it is used to characterise structure and bonding in organic molecules. For the homework task, you will employ a quantum chemical approach to elucidate molecules responsible for absorbing electromagnetic radiation in the interstellar medium.
Session 1: Wednesday19 June 19:00 - 20:00 BST
Session 2: Wednesday 26 June 19:00 - 20:00 BST

Understanding science concepts: Learning with and from your peers Edper

  • Dr Judy Hardy, Dr Ross Galloway, Dr Kate Slaughter

Many of us know how helpful it can be to share ideas when grappling with an unfamiliar problem. In this conversation, you’ll have the opportunity to use peer-learning approaches in an online setting to learn – or teach! – physics concepts. All are welcome; no physics or mathematical skills are required.
Session 1: Tuesday 18 June 19:00 - 20:00 BST
Session 2: Monday 24 June 19:00 - 20:00 BST

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