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TO FACE FEARLESSLY EVERY PROBLEM

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

William Thomson, born 200 years ago, never went to school. At the age of 10 he entered Glasgow University, and by the age of 22 was professor of natural philosophy there. He went on to make discoveries in electricity and magnetism, heat and thermodynamics. He also made many inventions, which earned him a fortune, from which he bought a schooner to sail on long voyages. Prof. Graham Machin of the National Physical Laboratory, whose work in heat and temperature measurements builds on Kelvin’s foundations, tell the story of a man who was rightly called a northern wizard.

£4 – £6

TOMATO TASTING

Overblikk Restaurant, UHI Orkney, East Road, Kirkwall

The dust from Mount Hekla’s eruption in Iceland in 1845 helped Orkney potatoes' flavour. Could rock dust do the same for tomatoes? Growers in Orkney and Moray have grown and harvested a selection of tomatoes for you to taste, some fertilised with rock dust and some without. Hospitality students at UHI Orkney will prepare and serve them for you to assess.

£10

WORKSHOP: POSTCARDS FROM 2121

Orkney Research & Innovation Campus, Stromness

Prof. Susan Krumdieck takes Heriot-Watt University’s time machine almost a century forwards, to explore the world of the future, and send back observations and pictures. How will the people of the future have coped with the challenges that we have bequeathed to them?

LIVING ON THE MOON!

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

It’s 55 years since Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon – but few have followed and the dreams have faded. But now governments and companies are talking of a return to the Moon and it’s being seen as a technology testbed for exploring Mars and the asteroids, says Prof. Mahesh Anand of The Open University.

£4 – £6

BUFFET LUNCH OF ORKNEY FARE

Peedie Kirk Hall, Palace Road, Kirkwall

Meet friends old or new and enjoy the best of Orkney cheese, meat, fish and baking. The One O’Clock Toast today is in memory of George Stevenson, farmer and Orkney Islands Council Vice-Convener. It is given by his daughter, Councillor Jean Stevenson.

£10

OCEAN ENERGY OPEN DAY

EMEC, Billia Croo, by Stromness

Find out how Orkney is leading the world in the development of wave and tidal energy. Learn about innovative projects harnessing the power from Orkney’s seas, monitoring the environment and wildlife, storing power as green hydrogen, and the creation of e-fuels to decarbonise aviation. Admission free.

VIKING GENES: GENOMIC MEDICINE

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

DNA is becoming increasingly important in healthcare. Prof. Jim Flett Wilson of Edinburgh University returns home to explain the opportunities for prevention and early detection of disease for Orcadians and Shetlanders, arising from results of the Viking Genes studies.

£4 – £6

WORKSHOP: TACKLING ENERGY POVERTY

Orkney Research & Innovation Campus, Stromness

The Islands Centre for Net Zero has been established as part of the Islands Growth Deal to tackle climate change and energy transition. Its Transition Lab has the responsibility of assessing the problems, to help us all navigate through; and it’s been working on fuel poverty. A citizens’ jury meets today to assess its progress so far, and you are invited to sit in and watch their deliberations.

GETTING YOUR GENETIC RESULTS BACK

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Viking Genes is one of the first population research studies to give volunteers the option to have “actionable” genetic results returned to them. For this to happen, a range of ethical and practical issues had to be overcome, as Dr Shona Kerr of Edinburgh University explains.

£4 – £6

THE FULMARS OF EYNHALLOW

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

In 1950, a group of undergraduate students visited Eynhallow on an Orkney field trip – not realising it would be the start of one of the world’s longest-running wildlife population studies. 75 years of research into the lives of the island's fulmars has produced much insight into the life of an enigmatic seabird, an ocean wanderer, as Prof. Paul Thompson of Aberdeen University explains.

£4 – £6

OLD BOATS AND OLDER CARGOES

Hoy Heritage Centre, Hoy Kirk

Take the 6 pm ferry from Stromness for an islands evening in nautical mood. Lorna Summers describes Portsoy on the Moray coast, its past herring days and today's Traditional Boat Festival. Dr Vassilios Spathopoulos tells of the 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism, found in an ancient shipwreck, which used bronze gears to predict the position of sun, moon and planets.

SWIMMING WITH GRAVITATIONAL WAVES

Swimming Pool, Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall

Hear how gravitational waves tell us of events far across the universe – and then get into the pool and enjoy music and sound art which can be heard both above the water surface and below. With audiovisual artists Leon Trimble and Joel Cahen and gravitational waves researcher Dr Andrew Spencer from Glasgow University.

£8 – £10

PHYSICS DISTILLED

Kirkjuvagr Distillery, Ayre Road, Kirkwall

Clear and concise insights from two speakers from the University of Central Lancashire, with time for refreshments in between. Charlotte Proverbs describes the physics of the solar wind that sweeps outwards to encounter the Earth’s magnetic field and form the Northern Lights. Dr Catherine Tennick will explain some of the physics of forensics, from fingerprints to fibres.

£10

URSA MINOR

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Two perspectives on the constellation of the Little Bear. Composer Stuart MacRae introduces a filmed performance of his quintet Ursa Minor, performed by the Hebrides Ensemble. Astronomer Dr Anne-Marie Weijmans of the University of St Andrews describes the constellation and tells the stories of some of its most remarkable stars.

£4 – £6

THE BEAR AND THE SHIP

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Howie Firth follows the trail of an old Shetland folktale from the island of Fetlar through sea and sky, to find out who rode the gray horse and ran the red one. The search goes across Europe and south to the Greek island of Paxos and a message for a ship that fascinated the Roman Emperor Tiberius; then to Siberia and ancient Egypt and up into the night sky for ship and pilot, and the Fetlar horseman – and also a bear.

£4 – £6

TITLE TBA

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall Details to come. Numbers limited: advance booking strongly recommended.

THE ORKNEY SKY AT NIGHT

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Join Eric Walker for an hour of information about what to look for and how to recognise it. There will be pictures, star maps, and the opportunity to ask questions about stars and planets, and using a telescope, and several astronomy guests dropping in for a chat.

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