Edinburgh lectures & talks

Speaker: Professor Abraham Verghese, Stanford University Medical School

The 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival launched the “most international programme in its history” today, with authors from over 60 countries coming

The 1800s saw a series of scandals concerning individuals being locked away in lunatic asylums – the victims of unscrupulous persons who wanted to be rid of a ‘difficult’ family member, spouse or frie

When looking for signs of global warming, the melting of the world’s glaciers and ice sheets is often cited as the one of most glaring indicators.

Theoretical physicist and broadcaster Prof Jim Al-Khalili is in conversation about his debut novel, Sunfall, with novelist Lin Anderson.

In the sphere of climate change, 19th century Irish physicist John Tyndall (1820-1893) is a giant.

Glaciers lock up 10% of the world's freshwater. These great bodies of ice play an important part in the Earth's development, carving landscapes, influencing climate and affecting global sea level.

We all rely on the seas for their abundant food, mineral and energy resources and yet more than 90% of the deep oceans remain totally unexplored.

One of the events around climate change at the Edinburgh Science Festival (6-21 April) takes as its starting point the rallying cry "12 Years to Save the Planet".

Malthus was right. There is not enough planet to sustain the growing human population, particularly given our species' profligate use of land and resources.