Edinburgh lectures & talks

Al Gore is a guest speaker at the annual Scottish low carbon energy conference, returning to Edinburgh after its launch last year. The Conference has strong support from the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, who are keen to make it a leading international forum for emerging renewable energy and other low carbon markets.

The Rtn Hon Lord Adair Turner HonFRSE, Chairman of the Financial Services Authority and Professor David Sugden FRSE, Professor of Geography, University of Edinburgh and Chair, RSE Climate Change Inquiry lead this Facing up to Climate Change Discussion Forum.

For more than 60 years, it has been accepted that radiation, that is, nuclear radiation, is quite exceptionally dangerous.  In this lecture this question is re-examined and the answer is sho

Paul Furneaux will give an illustrated talk about the development of his Japanese woodblock prints over the past decade since completing a Masters at the renowned Tama Art University in Tokyo in 2000.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt will give this year's MacTaggart lecture, the keynote address at the Edinburgh Television Festival in late August.

William Shakespeare goes East as the music of the Rajasthan desert drifts into the city this Summer

TED goes to Ed for the first time with TEDGlobal.

How can staff and students make the necessary changes to achieve a low carbon world? Inspired by student groups, students' associations, and the growing Transition movement, colleges and universities are leading the way. Times/venue TBA

Starting in the morning, students from schools and universities across Scotland will compete to win the St Andrew’s Day debating prize. Heats will commence at 10am with the final - which is open to the public - taking place in the parliament's Debating Chamber from 4pm to 5.30pm.

Rebus author Ian Rankin will be joined by another of the city’s crime writers, Lin Anderson, in a discussion about Edinburgh – One Inspirational City at the National Gallery of Scotland