Some of Scotland’s leading innovators in science, technology, business and the arts are to take part in a year-long series of free public lectures organised by the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).
Beginning in February 2015 the lecture series will see the venue use its network of academic and business contacts to extend popular debate on topics usually reserved for fee paying conference delegates.
Announcing the lecture series themed ‘InnovationNation’, EICC Chief Executive, Marshall Dallas (pictured) said: “We present world-leading events on our stages that attract delegates from around the globe and we are delighted to now widen this mission to engage with the local community.
“We work everyday with an ambassador network in universities and businesses throughout Scotland and helping to showcase their work to a public audience is a new and exciting venture.”
Each early evening lecture event will feature two 20-minute presentations from leaders in their subject area and will include time for questions and public debate.
The first in the lecture series will take place 18 February at EICC and, speaking on the theme of innovation in the energy sector, will be Professor Martin Tangney, director of the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University and founder/ director of Celtic Renewables.
Also speaking at the event is Stuart Brown, CEO of FloWave TT, which is the University of Edinburgh’s ocean simulator facility for marine technologies.
Welcoming the opportunity to popularise his science, Professor Martin Tangney said: “Scotland has long been an incubator for new thinking that can have a dramatic impact on the health and wellbeing of people at home and around the world. Our energy future is a topic of global concern and debate and I am pleased to have the opportunity to talk about our work in a truly public forum.”
Scottish Government Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP also endorsed the project: “I am delighted that the EICC is launching this series of public lectures. Our programme for the economy is focused on supporting an investment-led recovery; taking direct action to boost employment; enhancing economic confidence and rebalancing the economy through supporting innovation, internationalisation, and a transition to a low carbon economy.”
Lecture themes for the first half of the year ahead include: Energy, Health, Mind, Body, and Technology.
Registering to attend a free lecture in the InnovationNation series is through EICC’s website: www.eicc.co.uk/innovationnation/.
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