September Newsletter

It’s September! That means two things: it’s back to school/uni and our beloved flagship event CHATSCI IS BACK. That’s right. I can hardly contain my excitement either. There’s a whole heap of other stuff coming up too so without further ado, let’s get to it.


The best conversations in town are nearly here!
1 week to go before ChatSci is back for Series 5. Join us on September 10th at Harry’s Southside Bar on Buccleuch Street. We have some great speakers and fascinating topics coming up every fortnight, from the science of viruses to science and religion. Our final event of the series (October 22nd) will be an open discussion on genetically modified crops, moderated by a specialist in the field. Join our Facebook events:

ChatSci Week 1
ChatSci Week 2
ChatSci Week 3
ChatSci Week 4

Your thoughts?

We’d like to know what you think of our current events. If you have attended any Ask a Scientist or ChatSci event, we would really appreciate you filling in our quick questionnaire. (It takes ~4 minutes)

Fancy a free drink?

We are looking for speakers for Series 6 (November-December), so get in touch. Everyone has a story to tell, and there’s no better way to do it than through an informal conversation with science lovers. And last but not least, all speakers get a free drink as a thank you!
Interested? Email us and feel free to ask us anything –


Freshers Activities Fair

Find us in Pleasance on 12th and 13th September for the Freshers Activities Fair or in the Badminton Hall of KB House on 25th September for the King’s Buildings Activities Fair. Come and meet some of our committee, chat about the society and our events, join our mailing list, grab some freebies and buy your bargain membership. Find the events on our Facebook page.


Time to get your dancing shoes on, as InterSci are hosting a Ceilidh! Dance the night away and play a bunch of fun games with us on 20th September as we join other science societies such as Maths Soc and Phys Soc, plus many more! Check out the Facebook event for more details and ticket prices.


On Saturday 29th September, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a special one-off ChatSci event for Explorathon, Scotland’s event for European Researchers’ Night (ERN)! ERN aims to boost the public awareness of the positive role of research in society with hundreds of events taking place in cities across Europe every year. Join us 18:30-20:30 at Harry’s Southside for this FREE event! Facebook event here.

SciComm Volunteering Opportunity

Would you like to gain science communication experience? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you! We are organising an event for the Midlothian Science Festival titled ‘World of Plastics’ on Monday 8th October and need two volunteers to help us deliver it. The event aims to get children and the public thinking about the harmful effects of plastic on the environment and to promote ways that they can reduce their own plastic use. You don’t need to be a plastics expert to deliver this super fun activity and we will provide a full briefing of it so you’ll know exactly what to expect. The event is at Edinburgh College Midlothian Campus, 10am-2pm. Please get in touch if you’re interested.

If you want to volunteer with InterSci in any other ways such as helping out with any of our upcoming events please email
We look forward to hearing from you!
Finally we would like to leave you with our fun science fact of the month:

Popcorn and corn are different species.

Go on… Google it.

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