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Stirling Science Festival Events catalogue

Celebrating Stirling Science Festival with all of the family – see events below:

Children and play – FUN, FRIENDS AND FREEDOM TALK

11 OCTOBER
AT THE BOOK NOOK
6:30PM-7:30PM

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.

Science Fest – Fun, Friends and Freedom Talk – Stirling Events

 

HUMAN AND ANIMAL MINDS CAFE PHILOSOPHIQUE

TOLBOOTH
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.

Science Fest – Human and Animal Minds Cafe Philosophique – Stirling Events

UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN AND MENTAL HEALTH – EVOLVING MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH

TOLBOOTH
WED 11 OCT
FREE 7.30PM

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The event will begin with brief presentations from researchers covering aspects of mental health research, from the outdated notions that one’s personality could be inferred from bumps and indents on one’s skull (phrenology), to modern brain imaging and genetics research, and keeping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 – Edinburgh Neuroscience Expert Talk and Q and A – Stirling Events

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!

Science Fest – Stirling Gin Cocktail Masterclass – Stirling Events

 

RATIONAL ANIMALS LECTURE

13TH OCTOBER AT UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
6PM-8PM

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.

Science Fest – Rational Animals Lecture – Stirling Events

 

MEASURING MUSCLE STRENGTH AND BALANCE

FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER
6-7PM
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 

Science Fest – Measuring Muscle Strength and Balance – Stirling Events

 

 

BOTANICA FABULA HERBAL STORYTELLING

TALES FROM THE BACK OF THE APOTHECARY’S CABINET
7PM SAT 14 OCT
ALBERT HALLS

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?

Science Fest – Botanica Fabula Herbal Storytelling – Stirling Events

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