May sees the return of the annual Borders Science Festival co-ordinated by LiveBorders Libraries. With a packed programme full of fun, educational and creative events throughout the month, it aims to inspire people of all ages to explore and celebrate the world of science. You can choose from family fun days, discussions, theatre and author’s events. Here’s a selection of the events that caught my eye. Booking for most events is advisable, please check full programme (at the link above) for details.
MARY SOMERVILLE:: SELF-TAUGHT WOMAN OF SCIENCE Illustrated talk by Isabel Gordon, KELSO LIBRARY CONTACT CENTRE TD5 7JH, WEDNESDAY 24 MAY, 2.30PM
Discover how Mary Somerville transformed herself from a young woman with an extremely limited education into a renowned mathematician, best- selling science writer and astronomer who helped discover Neptune! Booking required.
GRAVITATIONAL WAVES: LISTENING TO THE SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE Illustrated talk with Prof. Stuart Reid of The University of West Scotland, PEEBLES LIBRARY EH45 8AG, TUESDAY 30 MAY, 7PM
Gravitational waves were rst observed in September 2015 – associated with the collision of two black holes more than an incredible one billion light years ago. A new and exciting era of gravitational wave astronomy has since commenced.
THE FLAT EARTH AND HOW WE KNOW IT’S NOT! Illustrated talk by Astronomer Peter Flannery, MELROSE LIBRARY TD6 9PN, WEDNESDAY 3 MAY, 7PM
Is the Earth at? With the aid of his background in astronomy, visual images, plus some simple experiments for you to try, Peter will prove our planet is indeed a sphere! Booking required.
EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN IMAGINATION Illustrated talk by Art Physiotherapist David Pitt, PEEBLES LIBRARY EH45 8AG, TUESDAY 16 MAY, 7PM
Our imagination can be a valuable resource. It can equally exert a negative in uence. David will discuss these concepts and explain how we can use imagination therapeutically to come to terms with the past and envisage a future full of possibilities.
BURKE AND HARE: FACT & FICTION with Peter Ranscombe, SELKIRK LIBRARY TD7 4LE, SATURDAY 13 MAY, 7PM
Peter, previously a journalist with the Scotsman, will describe his research relating to the infamous Burke and Hare and their grisly business of selling bodies for scienti c research. Find out what happened to Hare after Burke was hanged for their murderous crimes. Booking required.
FORENSIC FACT MEETS: FORENSIC FICTION with best-selling Scottish crime ction writer Lin Anderson, THE MCDONALD DRYBURGH ROOM, MILLFIELD GARDENS, CANONGATE, JEDBURGH TD8 6ER, FRIDAY 19 MAY, 7PM
When a grave is unearthed on the remote island of Sanday, forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod is brought in to excavate. Cut off from the mainland by bad weather, finding the killer is down to forensics and secrets held in the soil.
DISCOVER THE SCIENCE: BEHIND CRIME WRITING with Janet O’Kane, GALASHIELS LIBRARY TD1 3JQ, WEDNESDAY 25 MAY, 2.30PM
Local author Janet O’Kane explains how she chooses ways to kill off her fictional characters.
WHY VACCINES ARE AMAZING, Borders Youth Theatre and Trinity P7 Pupils, HAWICK LIBRARY TD9 9QT, WEDNESDAY 24 MAY, 2PM
Worldwide, many killer diseases have almost disappeared due to the wonder of vaccines.
It wasn’t always like this! Thousands of people used to die as a result of diseases we now prevent. But, if we ignore the risks, any of these diseases could return. Trinity P7 pupils and Borders Youth Theatre have created a piece of theatre to show the perils of the past and how scientists began to shape the future! No booking required.
THE SCIENCE OF COLOUR, in partnership with the Institute of Physics, THE HIPPODROME, EYEMOUTH TD14 5HS, SUNDAY 7 MAY, 3PM
You’ll never trust your eyes again after you’ve seen Dr Ben Craven use his favourite colour experiments to explore the world of colour vision. Find out how to make a black thing look white, how two lights can be the same but different and why we are all colour blind! Tea, coffee and cake will be available. Suitable for older children and adults. Booking required.
NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT, LAKE WOOD (LAYBY) CAR PARK, 3 MILES NORTH OF PEEBLES ON THE A703 TUESDAY 9 MAY, 6.30 – 8.30PM
Join Tweed Forum staff on this walk to explore how river restoration and ood risk reduction can go hand in hand on the Eddleston Water. See how re-connecting the river with its oodplain, planting trees and creating water storage ponds can all help reduce ooding. Booking recommended.
To book call 01896 849723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring waterproof clothing and wellies.
CYCLING DEMONSTRATION Live Borders, TRIFITNESS, GALASHIELS TD1 3EY, FRIDAY 12 MAY, 2PM
Live Borders Advanced Rider Development Squad will demonstrate how force generates power on Watt Bikes. Booking required. Well it wouldn’t be the Borders if there wasn’t some cycling involved.
How to book
To book have a look at the guide and then contact LiveBorders on the details below.
T: 01750 726 400 (Monday – Thursday 8.45am – 5pm; Friday 8.45am – 3.45pm)