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Miniature Whisky School: THE CHOICE OF THE BARLEY

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, with a malting floor visit. Over-18s only, booking essential. Tickets £12. Organised by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling

£12

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIFE

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

£2 – £4

HYDROGEN FOR ORKNEY

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

A new European project to be launched later this month will tackle grid constraints by turning surplus hydrogen into energy for local transport, including ten hydrogen-powered vans. Neil Kermode of EMEC and Nigel Holmes of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association explain, with the help of local participants. Supported

£2 – £4

PINK FIR APPLE, SHARPE’S EXPRESS, SHETLAND BLACKS, SETANTA

William Shearer’s, Victoria Street, Kirkwall

Liz Ashworth and Richard Shearer discuss heritage potatoes: how they developed and how to cook them. Canapés and cake to follow. Tickets £5 & £3.

£3 – £5

TALES OF OUTER SPACE

Supper Room, Town Hall, Kirkwall

Science fiction writers have pictured how we will get to Mars, and what forms of life may be there. How close are we to finding out – about Mars and beyond? Matjaž Vidmar of the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh discusses the possibilities with writer Pippa Goldschmidt. Supported by the Institute

£2 – £4

THE TIDES OF USHANT

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. Jean-Christophe Allo from the Sabella company and Caroline Ducharme from EDF describe the tidal power

£2 – £4

BUS TOUR: DISTILLING – THE THEORY AND PRACTICE

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

£10

ISLANDS OF WATER, WIND AND SUN

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

Islands across Europe are reaching energy self-sufficiency through using natural resources, balancing demand in smart grids. Challenges and solutions are described by Kostas Komninos of the DAFNI Network of Sustainable Greek Islands, Elvira Laneborg from the Baltic island of Öland, and Mark Hull of Community Energy Scotland in Orkney. In

£2 – £4

A DREAM OF DISTANT STARLIGHT

Supper Room, Town Hall, 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.

£2 – £4

SUPERCHARGED SCIENCE

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Big brash science at its best! A laser harp, bed of nails and musical lightning – all part of a fast-paced show from demo supremos Ken Skeldon, Amy Hayward and Janet Milne. Not to be missed by children and adults alike! Event in partnership with Aberdeen Science Centre. Supported by

£2 – £4

LOOKING TO THE HORIZON: ISLANDS IN THE FRONT LINE

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. Christoforos Perakis of the Greek national renewable

£2 – £4

FROM ROCKY KARST TO SUNLIT SEA

Town Hall, Kirkwall

Slovenian wine comes from varied soils. Dr Edvard Kobal and Prof. Peter Raspor mark the 20th anniversary of the friendship between the Slovenian Science Foundation and the Festival by looking at the links between land, yeast and wine, illustrated by samples. Tickets £5 (IBD members free). Organised by the Institute

£5

THE HIGHLAND PARK CEILIDH

Peedie Kirk Hall, Kirkwall

With Aff The Kuff, 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

£10