Edinburgh lectures & talks

As their contribution to the Year of
the Homecoming, the Rotary Clubs of Midlothian invite you to a talk by writer
and broadcaster Billy Kay highlighting the influence the Scots have had on

The Edinburgh International Science Festival programme has just been released. Among this year's 170 events is the interactive "Wee Wonder World" exhibition - created by Scottish based designers, writers and scientists - and funded by £120,000 from the Scottish Government's Expo Fund.

An American geneticist who led the team that first isolated a gene from the chromosome of a living organism, a major breakthrough in the understanding of the processes of life, will be awarded the

Royal Botanic Garden hosts a talk by Perthshire's Mark Beaumont who set off from Paris last year to begin his attempt to break the world record for circumnavigatin

City film buffs and film researchers are being called on to attend the 3rd Edinburgh International Film Audiences Conference (EIFAC).

The small, bi-annual conference, which takes place at the Filmhouse between March 26th and 27th 2009, looks at a wide range of cinematic audiences from contemporary Taipai to popular Scottish audiences in the years 1896-1939, from babies to baby boomers.

Crystal Skull brings visitors from all over Scotland to  the Hub.

Craig Clunas, Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford, asks what might be taken as ‘modern art' in the Chinese context, and at how the arguments of the past continue to shape

As part of the series of Edinburgh Lectures focussing on China, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn - a former Governor of Hong Kong - looks at how Scotland and the UK should respond to the rise of China this

Dr Jung Chang spent more than a decade, with her husband John Halliday, researching all aspects of the life of Mao Tse-tung to produce a highly acclaimed biography of Mao.

N.B. This event has been rescheduled from 20 March

The Guardian newspaper's chief economics and finance journalist Will Hutton lays out the implications of "China's century" for the West in The Writing on the Wall: China and the west in the 21st century.