Heather is currently undertaking a PhD at Queen Margaret University based within the Centre of Applied Social Science and the Business School. Previously, she studied political science and international relations at the University of Stirling and the London School of Economics. Her current research topic focuses on dementia policymaking in Scotland, analysing the prospects for and perceived benefits of intergenerational inclusion for people with dementia in Scotland’s communities. Her research uses a mixed methodological study design including analysis of census data and qualitative discussion groups with a range of participants, from people with dementia to Scottish policymakers in the dementia policy network. This Chat-Sci talk will cover the roots of the research topic within current political events, how generational exchanges structure society and the social contract, and the key generational dynamics of dementia policy in Scotland.
Helge is a PhD student at Heriot-Watt University and will talk about microscopic fossils called foraminifera and how they are used to learn about the climate in the past. In their calcite shells, foraminifera archive the conditions of the oceans like a log book so we can reconstruct the temperature, salinity, nutrient concentration and the oxygen concentration of the past. His PhD aims to develop a new method to reconstruct the oxygen concentration in the open ocean during the Ice Age using iodine concentration in the shells of the foraminifera.