Biggar Science  Festival 2020

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Have you heard?
7pm-  8:30pm | Monday, 7th September 2020

What can we do stave off dementia? Will we ever have a cure for cancer? How do face coverings slow the coronavirus pandemic? Exciting science is increasingly making the headlines, but now more than ever it has become absolutely vital to understand how new research gets from lab bench to news feed. Have you Heard? is an award-winning project aimed at clearing the haze that can surround science in the media. In this session, Have you Heard? have teamed up with Shane Canning (PR and Media Manager) and Dr Emily Gwyer-Findlay (Fellow in Immunology) from the University of Edinburgh to discuss their personal experiences with science in the news from their own unique angles. This will be a fascinating session with insights from experts in their field providing a rare opportunity to peel back the curtain of science in the news and find out what really goes on behind the headlines.

Presenter: The "Have you Heard?" team                                                                                                                 REGISTER NOW!

Silicon-Free Chips
7pm-  8:30pm | Tuesday, 8th September 2020

PragmatIC Ltd. is a world leader in ultra low cost flexible electronics, enabling the potential for trillions of smart objects that can engage with consumers and their environments. Their unique technology platform delivers flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) that are thinner than a human hair and can be easily embedded into everyday objects.

In this talk by PragmatIC's Chief Operating Officer, Ken Williamson, we will learn how new technologies are enabling the development of new functionality, as well as extending proven applications such as RFID and NFC into mass market applications previously prohibited by the cost of traditional silicon ICs.   PragmatIC's novel, differentiated products are being adopted by a growing base of global companies across diverse markets, including consumer goods, games, retail, pharmaceutical and security sectors.

Presenter: Ken Williamson, Chief Operating Officer, PragmatIC Ltd.

The Wonderful World of Wildflowers
7pm-  8:30pm |    Wednesday, 9th September 2020

The United Kingdom is one of the most nature depleted countres in all of Europe. In the time since World War II, the UK's natural and agricultural environments have changed dramatically. Amongst the changes in Scotland is the loss of 98% of traditionally managed hay meadows. Britains famlands are no longer the wonderfully biodiverse landscapes teaming with wildlflowers and farmland birds that they used to be. Wildlflowers, or plants native to a place, are central to the health of all living things in an environment, including human beings. In Scotland, we must urgently reverse the decline of native plants in our gardens, farmlands, woodlands and moorlands. We have reached a point where 'weeds' can no longer be viewed as weeds. 

Presenter: Stuart Ritchie, The Educational Gardener,  Castlebank Horticultural Centre, Lanark.

Parasites: friend or foe? 
7pm-  8:30pm | Thursday, 10th September 2020

Parasites are remarkable mini-beasts that have adapted to live inside us and other animals. Our changing climate and an increase in travel to remote areas of the world has increased our encounters with a wide range of different parasites. Prof Lee Innes of the Moredun Research Institute will discuss the fascinating relationship we have with the many parasites that live inside us and why some of them can be deadly and some may actually be beneficial to us.

Presenter: Prof Lee Innes, Director of Communications, Moredun Research Institute

Jobs in Lifesciences
7pm-  8:30pm | Friday, 11th September 2020

This is a short presentation giving insight and advice to people who are looking to make a break into the scientific workplace.  The presentation covers what kind of roles are available, alongside some insights into writing the perfect scientific CV and preparing for your interview.  

Presenter: Gavin Gallimore, STEM Recruitment Solutions

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