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Non-ASE events in summer 2017

These are events without ASE involvement, but should be of interest to ASE members and others interested in astronomy. Please check independently about cancellation, admission fees, booking requirements etc.

Also check our links page that lists other organisations, many of which will offer their own full programme details on the web. The Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre have an extensive programme of public events - too many events for us to list here and keep track of.

Jun 23rd
10:30, Lecture Theatre A, School of Physics & Astronomy, North Haugh, St Andrews KY16 9SS
Prof Malcolm Longair, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
Maxwell and the mechanical origins of Maxwell's Equations
This Special Lecture suitable for a general audience, about the celebrated 19th century Scottish physicist James Clark Maxwell, will be given by Professor Malcolm Longair at 10.30am on Friday 23rd June in Physics Lecture Theatre A on the North Haugh.
Professor Longair, who will receive an Honorary DSc at the graduation ceremony in St Andrews in the afternoon, is a distinguished astrophysicist and former Director of the Edinburgh Royal Observatory and Astronomer Royal for Scotland. He is also an expert on the history of physics and in particular the work of Maxwell and he is well-known for public exposition of science. All are warmly invited to attend the lecture.
Jun 23rd - 24th
Crawick Multiverse, near Sanquhar
Cosmic Collisions
Join the organisers for this annual summer celebration of art and science at Crawick Multiverse, a 55-acre land-art site in south-west Scotland designed by Charles Jencks. Enjoy an outdoor performance, exhibition and engaging public lecture series inspired by the 2017 theme of 'cosmic collisions'.
Events will commence on Friday evening with a preview of ‘Cosmic Collisions’, an exhibition at MERZ Studio that includes new work by Charles Jencks and architect Daniel Libeskind, followed by a keynote lecture given by Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University's world-renowned theoretical cosmology research group.
On Saturday, a series talks by leading scientists will be punctuated by a lunchtime visit to Crawick Multiverse for picnic (weather permitting!), the unveiling of Charles Jencks’ latest installation and an exhilarating site specific performance from Oceanallover. Speakers include Professor Martin Hendry MBE, Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow and Professor Monica Grady, leading space scientist, primarily known for her work on meteorites. The talks will close with a conversation between Charles Jencks and architect Daniel Libeskind. Friends for many years, they both pursue the question of meaning in design, and how the universe inspires it.
Follow the hyperlink for a more detailed description of the weekend’s events and lectures in Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway.
Jun 24th
10:00 - 17:00 British Astronomical Association,
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF
BAA Exhibition 2017
The BAA has been supporting amateur astronomers since 1890, and has an international reputation for the quality of its observational and scientific work. Its objectives include the encouragement of all aspects of observational astronomy and the promotion of a general interest in astronomy for beginners as well as for the more advanced.
Section Directors and colleagues will be available for consultation and conversation. Short grouped talks summarising the objectives and work of the Association will be presented.
At 14.00 a lecture will be presented by Professor Ian Robson, Royal Observatory Edinburgh and University of Edinburgh: The Changing Scene of Astronomy.
The Exhibition event, including talks, is open to everyone, free of charge.