May Newsletter

Welcome to our

May Newsletter

The sun is shining, the days are longer and we’re all gearing up for a summer of science fun!


We boast a wide variety of speakers in our conversation series but not all of them are scientists! We’ve been delighted to have artists and entrepreneurs, for example, speak about how they use science in their work. This opens up new ways of thinking about science which is what we’re all about.

And so, to reflect the diversity of our speakers, we decided to change our event name to ChatSci. This encompasses the very essence of our signature event – a chat about science – and is inclusive of all our speakers past and future.

We hope you like it!



TONIGHT – Pub Quiz
Come along (Argyle Bar 7:30) to test your knowledge in our infamous FREE pub quiz with cakes and a prize for the winning team.ChatSci
Our conversation series is back in Argyle Bar with a new start time of 6:30pm. We’ll be kicking off on Monday 7 May with events running every fortnight thereafter until 18 June, same time, same place. Keep an eye our social media and website for more details!Creative Reactions – Pint of Science
We teamed up with Pint of Science Edinburgh who, this year, are aiming to encourage and explore art-science collaborations. Pieces from our recent workshop, Art & Science on a Postcard, will feature in their free pop-up exhibition on 12 May! So be sure not to miss out. More details here.

See details of all our events here.

In case you missed it…

AI & Robotics Panel
We were blown away by this panel discussion featuring the varied and plentiful barriers to robotics and AI that are being overcome here in Edinburgh. The end discussion focused on ethics with audience members putting their concerns to the panel.Space Discussion
We learnt about how NASA test if a planet is able to host life, explored the difficulties of interacting with a species that is millions of miles away with an entirely different language and discussed the ethics of how we would react to extraterrestrial life coming to Earth. If we can’t treat our own as equal, how would we treat an alien?Art and Science on a Postcard
At the weekend, artists and scientists came together at our workshop in ASCUS lab to share and exchange their creative practices and scientific research. We were overwhelmed by the responses and by the pieces of art created. We will certainly be running something like this again. See the photos here.

And remember…
We have no money and we’re all volunteers! Get that warm fuzzy feeling of giving as well as enjoying perks such as these great events and more by purchasing bargain membership easily online (link takes you to the EUSA website) or at any of our events.



Finally we would like to leave you with our science fact of the month:

It’s estimated that 20-35% of primary microplastics in the ocean are from the washing and degradation of synthetic clothing and textiles. 

Go on… Google it.

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