Celebrating Stirling Science Festival with all of the family – see events below:
Children and play – FUN, FRIENDS AND FREEDOM TALK
AT THE BOOK NOOK
In this talk, Dr Lily FitzGibbon will discuss the science of play and curiosity – what they’re for, how researchers study them, and how parents, teachers, and society more generally can promote and protect these important aspects of childhood. Dr Lily FitzGibbon is a lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Stirling. Her research focuses on decision making under uncertainty in children and adults.
HUMAN AND ANIMAL MINDS CAFE PHILOSOPHIQUE
WED 11 OCT
FREE – 5.30PM
Is human intelligence different to other animals? Hear about the different sides of the debate and join in the discussion for yourself.
A Café philosophique talk on the relation between human and animal intelligence delivered by Dr Giacomo Melis, research fellow at the University of Stirling. The event will begin with a presentation outlining arguments in favour and against the idea that human intelligence is of an entirely different kind from that of other animals. Dr Melis will then raise some questions to be discussed with the audience.
UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN AND MENTAL HEALTH – EVOLVING MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH
WED 11 OCT
Watch our Edinburgh Neuroscience interactive panel discussion about the evolving methods for studying mental health where we will explore this complex and multifaceted topic, discussing the varying ways it is being researched and the perspective of lived experience.
The event will begin with brief presentations from researchers covering aspects of mental health research, from the outdated notions that one’s personality could be inferred from bumps and indents on one’s skull (phrenology), to modern brain imaging and genetics research, and keeping all this relevant by engaging with those with lived experience of mental illness. We will then open up the discussion and invite questions from the audience.
SCIENCE FEST – STIRLING GIN COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS
13TH OCTOBER, 7PM-9:30PM
Join Stirling Gin at the distillery for an interactive cocktail masterclass to explore the alchemy of cocktail making. You will be given a welcome cocktail on arrival and then will be guided through how to make 3 delicious gin based cocktails to then enjoy. So come along for a fun-filled night of creating, drinking…and maybe some dancing!
RATIONAL ANIMALS LECTURE
13TH OCTOBER AT UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
Join author Prof. Erica Fudge for a captivating lecture on the enigmatic relationship between humans and non-human animals.
What were the animals thinking? The differences between theory and practice in early modern ideas.
MEASURING MUSCLE STRENGTH AND BALANCE
FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER
WALLACE HIGH SCHOOL OF SPORT
LIFE FIT WELLNESS
Join physiotherapists from Life Fit Wellness at Wallace High at this drop in event between 6-7pm to discover how experts are utilising modern technology to measure human performance utilising the Kinvent system to measure muscle strength and balance.
Please note – this activity is a pre-event for the University of Stirling talk and Q and A ‘What Does it Take to Become an Elite Footballer’ which starts at 7pm in Wallace High School of Sport assembly hall. Tickets are free for the talk and available here
BOTANICA FABULA HERBAL STORYTELLING
TALES FROM THE BACK OF THE APOTHECARY’S CABINET
7PM SAT 14 OCT
Many stories and fragments of folklore offer clues to the origins of cures we have since rationalised with science and clinical empirical research.
We have transformed and cleared the myths from many benevolent remedies, but what other stories lurk at the back of the Apothecary’s cabinet?
Join herbal storyteller Amanda Edmiston (Botanica fabula) as we travel back in time to dust off the dark green bottles, in this piece, inspired by the work done towards the end of the Scottish witch trials by pioneering Scotswoman, the first woman to publish a herbal: Elizabeth Blackwell.
Prepare to be led through a tangled world of fairy tales, folklore, magic, social history and herbal remedies using storytelling techniques, scents and tastes, to look at traditional remedies and hidden science… do you dare join us?