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9:30 am
£12

Miniature Whisky School: THE CHOICE OF THE BARLEY

September 13 → 9:30 am12:30 pm
Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall,

Eric Walker, Marie Stanton and Colin West provide expert insight into the range of barley varieties and their effect on the end product. Over-18s only, booking essential. Tickets £12.

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10:00 am
£2 - £4

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIFE

September 13 → 10:00 am11:00 am
King Street Halls, Kirkwall,

DNA contains the blueprint for life on earth, wrapped up into chromosomes at the heart of every living cell. Prof. Karim Labib of the University of Dundee discusses how cells preserve their heritage, by passing on their chromosomes from one generation to the next, and considers what this process can

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11:30 am
£2 - £4

HYDROGEN FOR ORKNEY

September 13 → 11:30 am12:30 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall,

A new European project to be launched later this month will bring ten hydrogen-powered vans to Orkney. The aim is to tackle grid constraints by turning surplus electricity into hydrogen for local transport, as Nigel Holmes of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association explains, with the help of local

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12:30 pm

The One O’Clock Toast at the Peedie Kirk today: Gunnie Moberg, photographer, by Rebecca Marr

September 13 → 12:30 pm2:00 pm
Peedie Kirk Hall, Kirkwall,
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2:00 pm
£10

BUS TOUR: DISTILLING – THE THEORY AND PRACTICE

September 13 → 2:00 pm5:00 pm
from Palace Road, Kirkwall,

Join experts from Scapa and Highland Park for special tours of both. Over-18s only, booking essential. Tickets £10. Organised by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) and sponsored by the two distilleries

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£2 - £4

THE TIDES OF USHANT

September 13 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall,

The island of Ushant off the coast of Brittany now generates much of its own electricity from the fast tides. Denis Bredin sets the scene with pictures of the island and its beaches and lighthouses. Speakers from SABELLA and EDF describe the tidal power scheme.

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£2 - £4

TALES OF OUTER SPACE

September 13 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm
The Old Library, Laing Street, Kirkwall,

Pippa Goldschmidt and Matjaz Vidmar, Royal Observatory of Edinburgh. More to come.

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3:30 pm
£2 - £4

A DREAM OF DISTANT STARLIGHT

September 13 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm
The Old Library, Laing Street, Kirkwall,

Journeys to the planets, space stations, orbiting satellites – all were envisaged in the 1920s by Slovenian-born rocket engineer Herman Potočnik who wrote as Hermann Noordung. As Slovenian Science Foundation Director Dr Edvard Kobal explains, his vision was cosmic.

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£2 - £4

ISLANDS OF WATER, WIND AND SUN

September 13 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall,

Islands across Europe are reaching energy self-sufficiency through using natural resources, balanced with demand in smart grids. Challenges and solutions are described by Kostas Komninos of the Aegean Energy Agency in Greece, and a speaker from the Baltic island of Gotland.

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5:15 pm
£2 - £4

LOOKING TO THE HORIZON: ISLANDS IN THE FRONT LINE

September 13 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall,

The Grimond Lecture Islands across Europe and worldwide face big challenges, in employment, energy, and the environment. But, says Brendan Devlin, energy adviser to the European Commission, these very challenges can stimulate innovative solutions that can propel islands to the forefront of opportunity.

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£2 - £4

SUPERCHARGED SCIENCE

September 13 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall,

A laser harp, bed of nails and musical lightning … they’re all part of a fast-paced show filled with some of the most amazing demonstrations from the world of science, for children and adults alike. They’re designed, built and presented by Ken Skeldon, Janet Milne and Amy Hayward; event in

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7:30 pm
£2 - £4

THE BEST OF THE BARLEY

September 13 → 7:30 pm9:30 pm
The Old Library, Laing Street, Kirkwall,

Colin West on the plans for a new £50 million barley research centre – more details to come. Over-18s only. Organised by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling

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8:00 pm
£10

THE HIGHLAND PARK CEILIDH

September 13 → 8:00 pm11:59 pm
Peedie Kirk Hall, Kirkwall,

With Dave and company, and Lewis Hou’s fiddle and dance steps, for would-be and why-not dancers of all ages. Tickets (including light supper) £10. Sponsored by Highland Park

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