Glasgow Science Festival
The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow is pleased to continue its support for the Glasgow Science Festival. This year we are teaming up with Glasgow Caledonian University to present a lecture entitled:
“Visualising two of Glasgow’s Marys: how women have shaped and are shaping the political and scientific life of Glasgow”.
Thursday 14 June 2018
17:30 for 18:00 start until 20:00.
Venue:Deeprose lecture theatre (A005), Govan Mbeki building, Glasgow Caledonian University.
Further information will be available closer to the event.
The Trades House of Glasgow Modern Apprentice Award 2018
The Society is pleased to support two of the prizes in The Trades House of Glasgow Modern Apprentice Award 2018. For further details of the Award please click here.
Please click here for GMAA 2018 flyer
The 216th AGM of the Society will be held on the 28th March 2018.
Take part in choosing a speaker (under contact us menu)
We are sorry that we had to cancel the lecture on the 28th February due to the weather and the closure of Strathclyde University.
We are pleased to say that the lecture has been rescheduled for Wednesday 4th April
Professor Kate Jeffery
Illuminating memory: optogenetics and the new science of the mind
Due to adverse weather conditions and the closure of Strathclyde University today, the lecture this evening – 28th February – has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.
“Council member Tony Burton’s talk to the Greenock Philosophical Society on 26th January 2018. The picture shows him with Greenock’s President Campbell McCall, standing on Tony’s right.”
For those who attended the talk by Sir Paul Nurse you can find out about his musical tastes, as expressed on Desert Island Disks. Listen to it here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0094839
You can also listen to Paul Nurse’s appearance on Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09pl664
Please note that there is an additional lecture in January 2018.
The programme is now:
January 24th has the rescheduled talk by Dr Jane Morris on ‘What does psychotherapy mean for Scotland today?’
January 31st Professor Carolyn Roberts will be speaking on ‘Managing our water environment: is it a hopeless cause?’
We are please to have been able to reschedule the talk by Dr Jane Morris to Wednesday 24th January. This was due to be given on 29th November. Please see http://royalphil.org/recent_lectures/2017-2018/
Following on from our last lecture on ‘the future of the professions’ by Prof Richard Susskind the following link may be of interest as if deals with growing the artificial intelligence industry.
Many of our speakers have interesting information on the web and below is one such that have come to our notice recently.
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell – 50 years on from the discovery of pulsars
Monica Grady spoke to the Society in February – you can listen to an interview with her here – http://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/collision-and-catastrophe-with-professor-monica-grady.html
Following her recent lecture to the Society Monica Grady has been busy in the media.
Dr J. Ian S. Robertson, who spoke to the Society in 2010 on this topic, has recently had published a much expanded edition of his book – Doctors in Opera: An Irreverent Look at Operatic Medicine. price £14.99, published by Scottish Opera.
Book of the week on Radio 4 is by our speaker on the 22 March, Rev Prof Diarmaid Maccullach KT
Professor Monica Grady is speaking to the society in February – see her here in relation to the end of the Rosetta mission.
A copy of the talk given by Stuart A. Harris-Logan, Archives Officer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on September 14th 2016 is available here rpsog-talk
The 215th Lecture Series programme is out now and can be downloaded here 215 Lecture Series
Sunday 11th September
The Science of Laughter – Jimmy Carr And The Science Of Laughter: A Horizon Special. Science contributors in the studio will include Professor Sophie Scott from University College London, who is breaking new ground in how the brain processes natural and social laughter; Professor Robin Dunbar from Oxford University, an evolutionary biologist and experimental psychologist who has a theory on why laughter was pivotal in our species development; and Professor Pete McGraw from University of Colorado, a psychologist who claims his controversial theory explains all comedy.
Following on from the transit of Mercury members may be interested in:
1) First ever full length space documentary (1920s) Wunder der Schopfung to be shown at Glasgow Science Centre Mon Sept 19
Silent movie with brand new 2016 superb musical accompaniment composed and performed live by Jazz Duo “Herschel 36”
2) GU Gifford Lecture series on Cosmology October http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/lectures/gifford/2016-10/