Exploration Day at Heriot-Watt - 19 May 2018!



Heriot-Watt throws opens its doors to the public today with a host of free and fun activities at its Edinburgh Campus.

Between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 19 May, families can join Heriot-Watt staff, alumni and other members of the public for a wide range of events, demonstrations and lectures offering a unique opportunity to learn about the institution's world class, global reach.

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh Campus to enjoy what is set to be an exciting and informative two days, as well as an opportunity to showcase the innovative research of our academics.

Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University

Event programme

'Spotlight On Science' Series. Thirty-minute sessions throughout the day with some of Heriot-Watt's leading scientists, and a chance to delve deeper into their innovative research across a variety of fields.

Talks will take place in the Lyell Centre, Seminar Room 1 on the first floor:

10.45 – Professor Lindsay Beevers, “Coping with disaster - floods and droughts”

11.30 – Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, “Saving the planet: carbon neutral energy”

12.15 – Dr Mel McKendrick, “Facial expressions and social gestures”

13.00 – Professor Kate Sang, “Equality and diversity – a place for everyone”

13.45 – Dr Alan Gow, “Healthy aging – protecting your brain”

14.30 – Professor Robert MacIntosh, “Success in business - is strategy important?”

A lecture by Professor Sir Geoff Palmer OBE. Professor Palmer will explore Scotland's pivotal role in the abolition of slavery. The talk will commence at 2pm in the Postgraduate Centre Auditorium.

Several other acticvities will be running throughout the day between 10am and 4pm:

Edinburgh and Emancipation exhibition at the University's Museum and Archive. This exhibition will give you the chance to explore the history and impact of slavery on Scotland's economy and Edinburgh's role in the abolition movement. Using unique archives, the exhibition reveals the vital part played by Sir William Gibson-Craig in the crucial vote to abolish slavery in the West Indies.

The Year of the Sea Exhibitions. Exhibitions on campus themed around Year of the Sea to give visitors the chance to explore; sustainable energy, reducing volume of micro and marine plastics in our water supply, native oyster population restoration, 3D visualisation techniques which train apprentices working at height and many more

Exploration of the University's incredible Visualisation Centre. A sub-sea visualisation showcase of 3D earth body scans

Family friendly Exploration Trail. Exploration trail around campus including hands on robotics demonstrations and microscopes mysteries to solve

Oriam Sports Performance Centre. Youngsters can get involved in a range of sports, from inflatables in one of the Centre's impressive sports halls through to team football activities on the facility's synthetic pitch, used for training by Scotland's national football and rugby teams!

There will also be the Year of the Sea themed face-painting in an outdoor marquee, so families can enjoy the spring weather.

Edinburgh Business School. Learn more about postgraduate business education at the world leading Edinburgh Business School (EBS), and the exciting plans for Panmure House, the last home of the Father of Economics, Adam Smith, which EBS will be opening later this year in the Canongate.

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