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Hear from Glasgow City of Science & Innovation and its partners about the science issues that matter

Some of the country’s most renowned experts in their fields are based in Glasgow, driving the sector within the region. Our blog platform gives individuals involved with science the opportunity to read and comment upon a diverse and thought-provoking mix of challenge-led opinion pieces Some may be serious, others light-hearted but always topical. The blog is open to contributions from any of our partner organisations who feel there is a subject they’d like to discuss, simply submit your blog post idea here.

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Equality Through Innovation: The Diversifier

Pheona Matovu spent years in immigration limbo and is now helping companies to innovate by fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion.

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Equality Through Innovation: The Comedian

Anna Devitt is using the power of comedy to help disadvantaged young people in Scotland.

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Glasgow’s Green Year 2015; Biodiversity July!

06/07/2015 Low Carbon and Renewables

Biodiversity in abundance this July, writes the team at Green Glasgow, with lot's of great opportunity to get outdoors and explore nature around the city.

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A year in OPAL Scotland

29/06/2015 Education and Skills Development

OPAL community Scientist, Joanne Dempster reflects on the fantastic achievements of the OPAL project as it completes its first year in Scotland and a flourishing range of activities to look ahead to over the summer in the great outdoors.

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Digital Storytelling – Using Augmented Reality to Engage the Public in Research

11/06/2015 Tourism and Events

Grant Thomson and Megan McGurk from the University of Strathclyde on bringing research to life through digital storytelling.

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Living Liebig’s laboratory legacy

25/05/2015 Education and Skills Development

Writing for Glasgow City of Science this time around is Kirsty Martin. Chemist, Justus von Liebig starts-off a series of posts over the coming months on important figures in science down the years and how they've impacted on our work today: "Whose Shoulders Are These Anyway?"

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Dissecting futures: Rosannah Jackson’s Anatomy STEM Club

11/05/2015 Education and Skills Development

STEM Ambassador, Rosannah Jackson is inspiring future generations of scientists with an Anatomy STEM Club at Boclair Academy.

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Peek – The Portable Eye Examination Kit

04/05/2015 Health and Life Sciences

Throughout the world, almost 40 million people are blind. Yet, 80% of blindness is avoidable! And most of this avoidable blindness is in low-income countries. Dr Mario Giardini from the Department of Bio-medical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde provides insight into a revolutionary smartphone-based toolkit for eye care.

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Supercomputing for all in the West of Scotland with ARCHIE-WeSt

30/04/2015 Engineering, Design and Manufacturing

ARCHIE-WeSt is a regional supercomputer centre at the University of Strathclyde dedicated to research excellence and wealth creation in the West of Scotland. Richard Martin explains how the centre is providing High Performance Computing capability for academia, industry and enterprise.

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A green future envisaged by Images of Research, 2015

27/04/2015 Tourism and Events

Images of Research returns this May to showcase the work of staff and students at the University of Strathclyde. Grant Thomson and Rachel Clark from the Engage with Strathclyde team tell us where and when you can explore the exhibition in 2015.

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Knowledge exchange drives science, technology and business

23/04/2015 Engineering, Design and Manufacturing

Dr Sean McGinty, a Research and Knowledge Exchange Associate at the University of Strathclyde's Department of Mathematics and Statistics writes for Glasgow City of Science on a SMART way to support solving real world problems.

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Asteroids and Space Debris – Space for Education

20/04/2015 Education and Skills Development

Peter McGinty from the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Strathclyde talks about Stardust.

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Engage with Strathclyde – An innovative approach to knowledge exchange

16/04/2015 Tourism and Events

Engage with Strathclyde, is the University's flasgship programme reaching out to public, private and third sector organisations. Rachel Clark, Yvonne Kinnaird and Grant Thomson, all Engage with Strathclyde team members, give some insight into the innovative and imaginative events you can expect in May 2015.

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Greenland360 expedition inspires climate change action

09/03/2015 Low Carbon and Renewables

Last year, a small team of geography students from Scotland organised their own expedition to Greenland to study the impact of climate change and to create public and educational resources. Writing for Glasgow City of Science, Cameron Mackay shares his personal story of some of the challenges facing our changing planet.

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Resilient Glasgow leads the way amongst global network of cities with shared challenges

23/02/2015 Low Carbon and Renewables

Dr Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation gives her opinion about Glasgow's role in leading the way in responding to and planning for challenges amongst resilient cities around the globe.

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Glasgow City of Botanists

11/12/2014 Low Carbon and Renewables

In 2015, Science Centres and Botanical gardens across Europe will celebrate local biodiversity. Joanne Dempster, Glasgow City of Science's OPAL Community Scientist who is based at Glasgow Science Centre, has been finding out about the great scientists and explorers who founded Glasgow's Botanic Gardens and put Glasgow on the Botanical Science map.

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Skills legacy for community through reCYCLE project

03/11/2014 Education and Skills Development

reCYCLE is an innovative collaboration project in the city that takes unwanted bicycles, refurbishes them if required and donates them to young Glaswegians who need them, helping them learn new skills or providing an affordable mode of transport for job interviews or college.

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Glasgow’s Green Year 2015 – ‘From Steam to Green’

09/10/2014 Low Carbon and Renewables

Glasgow is to host its first ever 'themed' year in 2015 - a Green Year. The Green Glasgow team are working on a calendar of events that will showcase the transformation 'From Steam To Green'...

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Glasgow’s living classrooms

11/09/2014 Education and Skills Development

Joanne Dempster, OPAL Community Scientist for the Open Air Laboratories Project writes on the Glasgow City of Science blog about the great opportunities for schools to get outside and explore Glasgow's living classrooms.

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5 Great things The Games have given Glasgow

05/08/2014 Tourism and Events

With the sport over, records broken and the medals handed out here’s a quick list of 5 great things The Games have given Glasgow in the run-up to, during and, it’s hoped, going forward.

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A Perfect Blend For Public Engagement

23/06/2014 Food and Drink

A nose for a successful collaboration between business and a university in delivering a public engagement event with a difference.

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Use your network

16/06/2014 Education and Skills Development

Ken Whipp, an Enabler from Entrepreneurial-Spark asks, "Who really challenges us to take a serious look at ourselves?"

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Collaboration Possibilities are in the Pipeline

09/06/2014 Food and Drink

Dr John McAlesse from the University of Glasgow writes about some of the exciting opportunities for businesses and universities to collaborate to provide sustainable, affordable and fresh drinking water for everyone.

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My City of Science

19/05/2014 Tourism and Events

Glasgow-based film maker, John Scott is inspired by the scientific achievements of his city, so much so that he put pen to paper and picked up his camera to produce what we think is a pretty neat all-round composition that covers everything from the Clyde shipbuilders to construction, steam to streetlights.

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Glasgow: A European City of Scientific Culture

25/04/2014 Tourism and Events

Since 2011, cities across the continent of Europe have been working at a local level, forming alliances of science communication institutions and local policymakers.

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The Glasgow Frankenstein

23/04/2014 Health and Life Sciences

Andy Dougan, Lecturer in Digital Film and Television at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland blogs about how the Glasgow Frankenstein has helped turn science fiction into science fact. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyDougan.

In the winter of 1818 a sensational story swept through the streets of Glasgow. A university lecturer, Andrew Ure, had reanimated the corpse of Matthew Clydesdale who had been hanged in the city centre only a matter of hours previously.

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How Science Can Inspire Art

23/04/2014 Creative Industries

Playwright Peter Arnott believes that science isn’t beyond anyone and explains why all artists should grasp science.

If someone asks me what on Earth I think I’m doing being an “artist” who bangs on about science all the time, I usually ask them how good any “artist” can be if they don’t bang on about science at least some of the time?

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News

   

Scottish EDGE awards record £1.8m to startups

Following a £1 million funding increase from Scottish Enterprise, Scottish EDGE has awarded 24 winn...

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Vietnamese officials learn about Scotland's social security system

Vietnamese government officials spent almost two weeks at City of Glasgow College as part of a train...

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Glasgow School of Art alumna wins Turner Prize

Glasgow School of Art alumna Charlotte Prodger has won the 2018 Turner Prize for a film shot entirel...

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Blog

   

Equality Through Innovation: The Comedian

Anna Devitt is using the power of comedy to help disadvantaged young people in Scotland. ...

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Equality Through Innovation: The Diversifier

Pheona Matovu spent years in immigration limbo and is now helping companies to innovate by fostering...

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Optimisation and Uncertainty Quantification: Two Questions for Teachers

In an expanding world with limited resources and increasing complexity, optimisation and computation...

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Events

   

The Mackintosh Festival

Festival celebrating the creative genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The programme includes exhibi...

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Stargazing at Mugdock

Learn some fascinating facts about space. ...

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Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Following his visits to Dorchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow, the Natural History Museum's fa...

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