Mary Beith Memorial Lecture Ethnobotanical researcher Anna Canning describes Highland folk medicine and its varied treatments, and modern insights on its approaches.
Glue, surgical materials, industrial polymers – examples of all of these have been developed by copying from the natural world, as Dr John Ramshaw from the University of Melbourne explains.
They already make biofuels and washing powder for us and, says Marcus Price of Edinburgh University, with modified genes they can make much more – for instance converting waste water or plant matter into energy or raw materials for industry.
A key figure in the story of the discovery of gravitational waves was Prof. Ron Drever – whose great-grandparents came from Westray and Papay. His brother Dr Ian Drever tells about the man, and Prof. Martin Hendry of Glasgow University the research, while Patricia Long sets the family history scene.
Take the 5.45 pm ferry from Stromness to Hoy to hear about traditional Orkney boatbuilding from Dennis Davidson and Len Wilson. Plus stargazing (weather permitting), and supper as well. Admission free. Friday evening ferry from Stromness 5.45 pm, back from Moaness in Hoy 10 pm, details from Orkney Ferries 01856 872044.
It’s a great river in the sea, bringing warmth from the Gulf of Mexico to Orkney winters, and circulating heat to cold Arctic waters through vast undersea chimneys. Prof. Peter Wadhams tells its story, and Martin Gray adds some examples of items it has carried to Orkney beaches.