Online Events

You can access many events online. The past two years have been a time of discovery for us, developing online delivery and finding out that we have been able to reach many people who would not otherwise have been able to access us.

We are delivering a range of events online this year. Some of these are livestreamed from Festival venues, others are online only. We are encouraging local hospitality providers to put screens in social spaces.

With the expansion of outdoor events as well, we hope that the combination of indoor, outdoor and online events will give a fresh and lively format for the Festival.

FORENSIC SCIENCE IN PRACTICE

September 6 → 3:30 pm4:15 pm

Join Professor Niamh Nic Daéid from the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee for a talk and discussion about forensic science in practice and how the field is developing with new technology (and the challenges it brings).

NEW LIFE FOR THE LAND AND WILDLIFE AND PEOPLE

September 6 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm

Compartmentalisation and institutional thinking is blocking fresh land use solutions, say two Scottish biologists. They build instead on ideas of earlier Scottish ecologists and from the Nordic countries. One of them, Derek Pretswell, describes their approach to regenerating the whole ecosystem of land and wildlife and people.

VAVILOV’S DREAM

September 6 → 9:00 pm9:45 pm

The Russian biologist Nikolai Vavilov followed a dream: building up a world seed bank for crops to feed the planet. His team looked after the massive seed bank in Leningrad, through the German siege of the city and famine and bitter cold - as Prof. Lee Alan Dugatkin of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, describes.

DINOSAURS WITH WINGS

September 7 → 10:00 am10:45 pm

The world of the dinosaurs included some flying reptiles – pterosaurs. But some smaller dinosaurs had feathers, and it’s now turning out that some of these could also fly under their own wing power. Prof. Michael Pittman of the Chinese University of Hong Kong tells the story of the origin of flight for the ancestors of the birds of today.

OUR CHANGING CLIMATE: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT LINE

September 7 → 11:30 am12:30 pm

Fire on the Amazon, fire in the Arctic, heatwaves in India, drought in California – around the world reports are coming in of weather extremes and changing climate patterns. What's it like for people directly involved? Prof. Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University brings accounts and impacts from varied places.

TUNE IN AND UNDERSTAND

September 7 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm

It happens so often in social work and in mental health and many other areas. The professionals say the people don’t understand, and the people say they’re not being understood. A new strategy seeks to bring everyone together to tackle problems. It's described by Prof. Carole Norris-Shortle and Susan Affleck.

It’s often suggested that artificial intelligence will eventually take over all the skilled tasks we carry out. However, argues Prof. Iain Alasdair MacLeod, a key human ability is to successfully manage complex uncertainty. So, he says, we must think afresh about education, which traditionally teaches us to think about known situations.

HOW DO BIRDS NAVIGATE AND HOW DO PIGEONS HOME?

September 7 → 7:30 pm8:15 pm

Despite more than a century of research the nature of animal navigation remains mysterious. Many animals seem to have a magnetic sense, but this cannot explain their navigation abilities. Dr Rupert Sheldrake gives an overview of research and highlights the questions and discusses possible experiments for answering them.

ZOOMING OUT

September 7 → 9:00 pm10:30 pm

Join the Festival team as they sit back after intensive weeks of work on the Festival, with time for discussion and breaks to hear some music in varied style. Just follow this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87963488938?pwd=SHBGMVJ3UTRlVlFqaTJPWlR5d2wyQT09. They’re looking forward to welcoming you!

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