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Curious: The RSE’s Summer Events Programme

Curious Times Call for Curious Minds

The Royal Soceity of Edinburgh has launched its second summer programme of events 'Curious' - a month-long series of online events bringing together some of Scotland's leading thinkers and practitioners, curated to make us question the world around us.

Topics will be as diverse as how robots learn to speak, what happens when we die, curing cancer and how the creatures that exist only in movies are given a voice. 

You can particpate by taking part in thought-provoking talks, quiz-an-expert in a unique group discussion or get hands-on in an online workshop – quench your curiosity on a range of topics including: space technology; mental health; cancer research; video games; death; language; menstruation; conversational AI; and many more.

Some highlights include Baroness Ashton giving the RSE’s annual MacCormick lecture on the future of foreign policy, and a panel discussion with author Val McDermid about the representation of science in fiction.

Each event is free to attend, taking place throughout August but places are limited, so remember to book your virtual seat. 

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Event Information

The one-hour long Tea and Talk sessions will take place at 3pm every day on Zoom (except 8th and 30th August) 
List of Events: 

1. The Sounds of Movies, Games and TV
2. Micro-To-Macro: Space Technologies at Extremes of Length-Scale
3. More Than Playthings
4. The Future of Cancer Treatment:
5. The Drugs Don’t Work: How to Test for Infectious Disease and Select Treatments?
6. Breathe and Sleep
7. Fact or Fiction? Innovation and Invention Panel
8. Our Suffering Genes
9. Dance for Health and Wellbeing
10. Life as a CHAMP
11. Your DNA: Three Billion Letters of You
12. Words and Water in Scottish Literature
13. More Than Playthings
14. (Not) Learning Languages in the Brexit Era
15. Adult Bilingualism: Mission Impossible?
16. Saving the Oceans with Law and Science
17. Our Planet Panel
18. Menstrual Health: Still Taboo? Are We Making Progress?
19. Seeking Resilience in a(n Increasingly) Fragile World?
20. Fragile: Handle With Care?
21. Saving the Oceans with Law and Science
22. Can We Get to the Root of Things?
23. More Than Playthings
24. How Do Machines Learn to Talk?
25. Designing a Feminist Alexa – An Exercise in Empathic Design
26. How Do We Design Places to Promote Wellbeing?
27. Health and Wellbeing Panel - 26 August
28. Menstrual Health: Still Taboo? Are We Making Progress?
29. We’ll All Die One Day, So Let’s Try to Make Sense of It!
30. Can We Get to the Root of Things?
31. Our Suffering Genes Compassion and the Sustainable Development Goals: A New Tomorrow