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.
Women in STEM: Your point of view – a purposeful study
HR consultant Sara Ferreira-Jeffries shares the story behind Purpose HR's fascinating survey of women in STEM, analyses the findings and highlights the importance of diversity in the workplace.
Grounds to create global change
To mark International Zero Waste Week Scott Kennedy, co-founder of Revive Eco and member of Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, shares how the company stops used coffee grounds going to landfill.
Game of Drones: A Song of Boats and LiDAR
Drones in the sky, drones in the sea, drones on land. Could drones be doing more for you? At Art of Possible: Game of Drones we brought together an audience of creatives, technological innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs to find out…
Glasgow City of Science: 2015 Year in ReviewMonAMUTCE_December+0000RDecAMUTC_0C6 Education and Skills Development
2015 has seen the Glasgow City of Science (GCOS) partnership go from strength to strength, supporting a record number of multi-partner programmes and activities that aim to support and bolster the science and innovation ecosystem within Glasgow and the West of Scotland. From initiating and supporting the first Venturefest Scotland to driving forward Glasgow's bid to become Innovation Capital (iCapital) of Europe – it has been a fruitful year!
Women in Science and the impact of social mediaThuAMUTCE_December+0000RDecAMUTC_0C6 Education and Skills Development
PhD student, Hilary Jane Anderson explores the inequality that still exists between the genders in STEM and the impact social media has on highlighting and addressing the challenges faced, head on.
Remembering James Clerk MaxwellThuPMUTCE_October+0000ROctPMUTC_0C6 Education and Skills Development
2015 marks the International Year of Light, observing achievements in light science and its countless applications. What better opportunity to shine a light on one of Scotland’s great innovators, a genius whose immense contributions to science and technology are often overlooked – James Clerk Maxwell.
A year in OPAL ScotlandMonAMUTCE_June+0000RJunAMUTC_0C6 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.
Living Liebig’s laboratory legacyMonAMUTCE_May+0000RMayAMUTC_0C6 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?"
Peek – The Portable Eye Examination KitMonAMUTCE_May+0000RMayAMUTC_0C6 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.
Supercomputing for all in the West of Scotland with ARCHIE-WeStThuAMUTCE_April+0000RAprAMUTC_0C6 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.
A green future envisaged by Images of Research, 2015MonAMUTCE_April+0000RAprAMUTC_0C6 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.
Knowledge exchange drives science, technology and businessThuAMUTCE_April+0000RAprAMUTC_0C6 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.
Engage with Strathclyde – An innovative approach to knowledge exchangeThuAMUTCE_April+0000RAprAMUTC_0C6 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.
Greenland360 expedition inspires climate change actionMonPMUTCE_March+0000RMarPMUTC_0C6 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.
Resilient Glasgow leads the way amongst global network of cities with shared challengesMonPMUTCE_February+0000RFebPMUTC_0C6 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.
Glasgow City of BotanistsThuPMUTCE_December+0000RDecPMUTC_0C6 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.
Skills legacy for community through reCYCLE projectMonPMUTCE_November+0000RNovPMUTC_0C6 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.
Glasgow’s Green Year 2015 – ‘From Steam to Green’ThuPMUTCE_October+0000ROctPMUTC_0C6 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'...
Glasgow’s living classroomsThuAMUTCE_September+0000RSepAMUTC_0C6 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.
Collaboration Possibilities are in the PipelineMonAMUTCE_June+0000RJunAMUTC_0C6 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.
My City of ScienceMonPMUTCE_May+0000RMayPMUTC_0C6 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.
The Glasgow FrankensteinWedPMUTCE_April+0000RAprPMUTC_0C6 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.
How Science Can Inspire ArtWedPMUTCE_April+0000RAprPMUTC_0C6 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?