Talk Science @ Irvine Bay

An exciting education programme includes talks, lectures, exhibitions and workshops.

The Talk Science series of events, delivered by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and supported by Irvine Bay, is focused for pupils from primary and secondary schools, colleges and the wider public.

The programme included talks, lectures and workshops for pupils and students across Irvine Bay. These activities, involving some of the most eminent names in their various fields, are free to schools and available during the school year.

Events focused on the ongoing regeneration of the Irvine Bay area and include topics such as:

  • Science (particularly life sciences)
  • Engineering
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Entrepreneurship

Local primary and secondary schools are invited to participate in events tailored for different age groups. 

Overall, our education programme has made a lasting and significant contribution to the regeneration of the area. We have worked with over 14,400 young people from 41 schools, 3 colleges, the University of West of Scotland and involved 41 business partners.

Public talks 2015/6

The first event in this season's programme was a conversation between Ian Rankin, crime writer and Prof Sue Black.

Other public events were

Scotland rocks - a tartan tour of planet earth Prof Iain Stewart

Do zoos have a place in today's society? Prof Mary Bownes

The Great British Brain-off  Dr Alan Gow

Find out more about the Talk Science programme on the Royal Society of Edinburgh website.

Primary schools

RSE Fellows and other experts are visiting primary schools to introduce inventions, discoveries and the scientists that have a strong connection with Irvine Bay.

Secondary schools

The RSE's highly distinguished Fellows and other experts are delivering talks for secondary schools with particular reference to science, life sciences, IT, engineering and manufacturing.

Public talks

A series of public talks took place 2014 - 2016. The first event in the Public Programme was an interview with Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, president of the RSE, which was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2015.

Other events have included:

Does what we eat matter?  Prof Maggie Gill

The rise and rise of video games, Chris van der Kuyl

The making, keeping and losing of memory, Professor Richard Morris

The cultures of the apes, Prof Andrew Whiten

The Large Hadron Collider, Prof Peter Clarke  

Why I love science

We asked leading scientists to tell the camera why they love science. Watch the videos for some fascinating insights from some of Scotland's leading experts.