Tuesday February 27, 2018
Roger Crofts, chair of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society
SCRR Peter Wilson Lecture 2018
The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ, 6.30pm
THE ANNUAL PETER WILSON lecture at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on February 27th, 2018 will be given by Roger Crofts, chair of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. The title is ‘Scotland’s land: successes and failures, challenges and solutions’.
The talk will begin by celebrating Scotland’s natural assets, then question whether all that has happened in recent times is beneficial and whether we would now have acted differently. Key inherited and current challenges will be addressed, including industrialisation of land use and ignorance of natural processes, lack of space for nature and species debates. Solutions will be set out demanding more integrated ways of planning future land use, developing a package of practical mechanisms and addressing polarisation of attitudes.
Roger Crofts trained as a geographer and geomorphologist. He worked in universities, The Scottish Office, and as CEO of Scottish Natural Heritage. He advises, lobbies, writes and talks to anybody who will listen in Scotland, Iceland and Europe on environmental strategy and policy. Roger hopes to help people understand the Earth’s heritage and environment and to care for it more effectively. He has been active in voluntary environmental and educational bodies not just in Scotland, but also in the UK and internationally. He has been chair of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society since 2013. His work has been recognised by numerous honours and awards
Monday February 23, 2015
Exploring and Exploiting the Microbiome
Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh EH8 8AS
Organised by School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh. Funded through an EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award to Edinburgh Research and Innovation.
The rise of metagenomics has allowed us to explore the human microbiome and that of domestic livestock, plants and the environment, offering interesting opportunities to exploit this knowledge for the health and wellbeing of all. The aim of this event is to raise awareness about Scotlandâ€™s considerable expertise in this area and to build links to support collaboration for the future.
Taking the broad view of the metagenome, and the many markets it can address, this workshop will appeal to all interested in the scientific and commercial potential of this rapidly emerging area whether academic researchers, industry innovators, technical service providers or policy makers. This is a FREE event but you must register at https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/15157258769/
Monday February 9, 2015
Professor Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security and Professor of Population Ecology, University of Leeds
SCRR Peter Wilson Lecture 2015
The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ, 6pm
There is much discussion of the world’s demand for food being set to double in the next decades. Climate change's impacts on farming are also increasingly being felt. Farming is competing for access to land and water, and its impacts on the natural environment (whether through habitat loss, impact on biodiversity, impact on water bodies or carbon emissions) are often highlighted from local to global levels. Is it possible to grow more food, sustainably, or do we need to change our expectations of what can be made available?
Thursday November 6, 2014
The Scottish Rural Parliament
Venue: Oban, Argyll and Bute
On 6th-8th November 2014, the Scottish Rural Parliament will bring together 400 community people and decision-makers from public bodies, NGOs and private bodies, with the aim of improving rural policy and finding better ways of providing services. Local Rural Parliament events have already been taking place all over rural Scotland by way of preparation. These have been accessed by the public and will contribute to the discussion at the Rural Parliament.
The themes to be discussed are:
Rural businesses and employment
Land use, planning and land reform
Protecting our natural assets and adapting to environmental changes
Broadband and connectivity
Support for communities to lead with confidence
Monday September 8, 2014
UK Plant Evolution 2014
Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh, 09.20
The Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh, is hosting a two-day meeting, 8, 9 September, 2014, with the primary goal of consolidating the UK plant evolutionary biology community. In the short term, this meeting will highlight potential for new collaborations within the UK. This meeting will also foster discussion on long term approaches to increasing the numbers of plant evolutionary biologists in the UK.
The scope of the meeting aims to cover all major areas of plant evolution research in the UK. It will include talks and posters that showcase exciting research and will expose potential for new collaborations. We will also hold a workshop to develop a longer term strategy to strengthen and extend our community; for example, we will discuss funding sources, schemes to increase the interest in plant evolutionary biology among undergraduates to be recruited as future researcher, and identify other perceived issues within the community. We expect that this meeting will be a step in a longer-term process of strengthening the UK plant evolution community.
Thursday June 19, 2014
Royal Highland Show 2014
Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, Edinburgh
For four days in June (19-22) the country comes to the city of Edinburgh at the Royal Highland Show. The prime of Scotlandâ€™s outdoors is to be showcased as part of the Countryside Area at this yearâ€™s Royal Highland Show â€“ in partnership with The Royal Bank of Scotland since 1981. Demonstrating the best of rural life, the Countryside Area, will bring together lifestyle activities, entertainment and handicrafts all inspired by Scotlandâ€™s natural resources. Featuring trade stands, demonstrations and events, it is a focal point for anyone with a love of sports, hobbies, crafts and countryside pursuits in Scotland.
Royal Highland Show Manager David Jackson said: â€œFood and drink production is growing in importance year on year for Scotland and it is encouraging that we have more Scottish producers than ever before. As an event highlighting the whole chain from farm to retail counter, the Royal Highland is a unique food festival and an essential shop window for our great Scottish produce.â€
The â€œHighlandâ€™sâ€ big attraction is without doubt the livestock â€“ with more than 5,000 of the finest cattle, sheep, goats and horses, not to mention poultry, heading for the showground over the four-day event. It is also is the largest equestrian show in Scotland with classes for light and heavy horses, private driving, heavy horse turnouts, harness and grooming plus top class show-jumping - in all some 3,000 horses and ponies.
Friday May 30, 2014
The Geoscience Context for Europeâ€™s Urban Sustainability - Lessons from Glasgow and beyond
Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, GLASGOW, G51 1EA
SCRR members are invited to attend the CUSP2014 Conference â€œThe Geoscience Context for Europeâ€™s Urban Sustainability - Lessons from Glasgow and beyondâ€ to be held in the Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, GLASGOW, G51 1EA on Friday 30th May 2014.
As this is a joint event organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), BGS, the European Cooperation on Science and Technology (COST) (Sub-Urban) and Glasgow City Council, this event is free, but if you wish to attend you must register for the CUSP Conference on the 30th May
You are also welcome to attend an Evening Reception hosted by Glasgow City Council (venue to be confirmed, but probably the Glasgow Science Centre) on Thursday, 29 May 2014, 19:30 â€“ 20:30 hrs. If you wish to attend this reception, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance for catering purposes. There is also an Early Stage Researchers Workshops Programme taking place between 13:30 and 17:00 hrs on Thursday 29th May 2014, also in Glasgow Science Centre. Further information on booking here: http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/events/event.php?id=350
Monday May 12, 2014 – Tuesday May 13, 2014
John Muir Conference 2014: National Parks and Protected Areas for the 21st Century
Perth Concert Hall
John Muir was a Scots born conservation visionary of the 19th century and his legacy has helped to shape the development of national parks and protected areas around the world.
2014 marks the centenary of Muir’s death and the year of Homecoming (http://www.homecomingscotland.com). In his honour and as part of our Homecoming celebrations, Scotland’s National Parks and conservation bodies have come together to create a one-off conference that will explore our approaches to managing protected areas and national parks in the UK. Inspirational speakers will share innovative approaches to protecting, engaging and developing sensitive landscapes, and examine the viabilityof John Muir’s principles in the 21st Century. ‘A time to evaluate the contribution that National Parks and Protected Areas make to society, focussing on the themes of Protecting, Engaging and Developing.’
The conference will provide a unique opportunity to network with fellow professionals and practitioners.
Organised jointly by Scottish Natural Heritage, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Cairngorms National Park, the National Trust for Scotland, the John Muir Trust, Homecoming Scotland 2014 and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Thursday May 8, 2014
Citizen Science â€“ volunteer engagement in environmental monitoring
SNH Sharing Good Practice event
Battleby Conference Centre, Battleby, PERTH, PH1 3EW, 9:00
This event will share best practice on how to plan and run citizen science surveys, looking at recent projects and innovations aimed at increasing the value of voluntarily-collected data for research and environmental monitoring. It will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss new approaches to: Survey design; Opportunities provided by digital technology; Skills and capacity building; Modelling and analysing data; Future priorities. The â€œGuide to Choosing and Using Citizen Scienceâ€ will be launched. This provides a strategic framework for designing Citizen Science Projects. It will provide an opportunity to share your views, expertise and questions, and to learn from othersâ€™ perspectives. Please book no later than 16 April, 2014.
Organised by Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Field Studies Council, Biological Recording In Scotland,The Conservation Volunteers, Scottish Consortium for Rural Research and the British Trust for Ornithology.
Tuesday April 29, 2014
ESCom (Ecosystem Services Community)
ECCI, Old High School, Infirmary St, Edinburgh, 18:30-20:30
ESCom aims to become a community of practice for ecosystem services research, decision-Ââ€making and natural resource management in Scotland. There will be an evening launch reception (29th April), which will be followed by a two-Ââ€day workshop (30 April: Launch Conference; 1 May: Science Workshop) in ECCI, Old High School, Infirmary St, Edinburgh.
Further information from: email@example.com
Monday February 10, 2014
Running out of Land - a new Global Challenge
SCRR Peter Wilson Lecture 2014
Royal Society of Edinburgh
The annual SCRR Peter Wilson Lecture was given by Dr Alan Belward, Land Resource Management Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. Land is not often considered a non-renewable resource, but it should be. The land meets most food, fuel and fibre needs of our rapidly growing human population and shapes Earth’s climate too - competition for this finite resource is fierce. Satellites provide a unique vantage point from which to determine how, when, and where land resources change. This talk introduced some of the policies that impact global land-use and highlights the role of the Earth-imaging satellites in responding to these. A report on the talk is now available to download.
Thursday November 14, 2013
Cairngorms National Park Research Event
Launch and workshop
MacDonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore
The aim of this event is not only to launch the Cairngorms National Park as the UKâ€™s first Long Term Social and Ecological Research (LTSER) network, joining up research from different disciplines to share results and improve its use and effectiveness, but also to help the Cairngorms National Park Authority develop a research strategy for the National Park, as well as to share recent research and future opportunities. The key note speaker will be Michael Mirtl, Environment Agency Austria and Chair of Long Term Ecosystem Research - Europe (LETR). To book a free place please email Catriona Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact Gavin Miles, email@example.com. tel: 01479870535
Wednesday October 2, 2013
Environmental and Agricultural Metagenomics
Battleby Conference Centre, Perth
Metagenomics is a new area of research and innovation which studies the genetic code of multiple species extracted directly from environmental samples of diverse kinds. It crosses molecular biology, informatics, ecology, soil, water and other environmental sciences. There are now several international initiatives in this area; for example, The Human Microbiome Project has shown the importance of understanding the microbiome that is associated with every macroorganism. The objectives of this forum were to raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits of these approaches for agriculture and the environment in Scotland. It built on previous workshops and updated attendees on the latest technologies, new scientific frontiers and the range of potential applications and benefits for answering the important questions we have about agriculture, biodiversity, environmental well-being and conservation.
Mick Watson (ARK-Genomics, The Roslin Institute) and John Wallace (Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, Aberdeen) PDF, 29KB
Deep metagenomic sequencing of multiple ruminant guts reveals species-specific microbiomes
Wednesday September 11, 2013
Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) Research Symposium
SCRR scientific symposium
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
A two-day meeting (11-12 September) within the SCRR Scientific events programme is being convened by the RZSS to which fellow SCRR members and scientists are cordially invited to participate. The aim is to enable those researchers and research institutes based in Scotland and overseas that are interested in being involved with Giant Panda Conservation and Research work, to come together with our Chinese and American colleagues to formulate a five year Giant Panda/China Research and Training Plan: 2013-2017. Building on an extensive and well-founded platform of previous research investigations, five topics of current and future work have been identified for the symposium: Field ecology: e.g. landscape features that facilitate wildlife movements Genetic management: e.g. scientific management of the global ex situ population Artificial reproduction and infant panda care: e.g. enhancement of reproduction Veterinary management and research: e.g. optimization of health care Cognitive evolution and behavioural research: e.g. learning and memory
Further information may be obtained from: Iain Valentine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday March 20, 2013
Researching Scotlandâ€™s Ruralities: Social Science Perspectives on Current Issues in Rural Scotland
Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ
Looking at social science is a relatively novel undertaking for SCRR, which to date has concentrated more on the biological, agricultural and environmental aspects. The aim was to encourage social scientists (broadly interpreted) working on topics in a rural context to come together to exchange information and insights, and to help SCRR develop a more fully cross-disciplinary approach to ‘rural research’.
The meeting had a number of focus points but was also planned to encourage researchers to network: researchers who were not presenting were invited to display posters giving information about their projects. It was supported by SCRR and by the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, based at the University of Edinburgh.
Thursday February 28, 2013
Ecotourism in Scotland: Opportunities, Challenges and EU Standards
The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
The seminar took place at The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh. The speakers included: Dr. Kathy Velander, Edinburgh Napier University, on the European Ecotourism Labelling Standard and the ECOLNET project, Dr. Peter Varley, West Highland College, UHI, Fort William, on slow adventure tourism, Mr. Duncan Bryden, Bryden Associates, Tomatin on the value of nature based tourism to Scotland, Dr. Jayne Glass, Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, UHI, on land management standards and their application to ecotourism and Mrs. Wilma Finlay, Cream oâ€™Galloway, Gatehoue of Fleet, on the past and future of their business Cream oâ€™Galloway. The event was organised by Edinburgh Napier University along with the UHI Centre for Mountain Studies and the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research. The attendees included representatives of various Scottish government agencies, consultants, private businesses, researchers and non-government organisations.
The meeting offered the opportunity to promote the opportunities for and standards relating to ecotourism in Scotland as well as the challenges facing individuals currently involved in tourism and ecotourism. The role of the European Ecotourism Labelling Standard in supporting sustainable tourism was discussed with particular reference to the Evaluation Tool and supporting learning material. The economic importance of wildlife tourism to Scotland was highlighted as well the potential for â€˜slowâ€™ activity tourism as an expanding market. The five principals for sustainable estate management were presented along with details of Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) an organisation of Scottish landowners committed to managing their estates in line with biodiversity conservation and delivering multiple benefits to rural communities. Finally the issues related to developing a tourism business were highlighted including the need to meet ever-changing customer demands. The panel discussion enabled further exploration of the topics addressed during the seminar including how best to expand and support ecotourism in Scotland including sustainable business development and specific health and safety issues relevant to ecotourism. A follow on meeting was proposed for the autumn of 2013. Further information will be posted on the SCRR web site.
Thursday February 21, 2013
The Evidential Basis for Food and Environmental Policy
SCRR Peter Wilson Lecture 2013
The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 6pm
The annual Peter Wilson Lecture will be given by Professor Ian Boyd FSB, FRSE, Chief Scientific Adviser on the Evidence Team at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Societal demands on the environment are increasing. Food, water and environmental policies encompass the basic commodities for life and are important for Government. Sustained innovation at rates matching rising demand without degrading natural capital is challenging. Evidence-based policies should have a pivotal role in the policy cycle. There are many successes, important failures and lessons for the future. Scientific discovery is inherently uncertain. It is important that models and processes account for uncertainties, support progress and reduce over-precaution.
Monday February 13, 2012
Appliance of Science in the Rural Sector of Scotland
ECRR Peter Wilson Lecture 2012
Royal Society of Edinburgh, 6pm
The annual Peter Wilson Lecture was given by Prof Iain J Gordon, chief executive of the James Hutton Institute.
Prof Gordon outlined how scientists working in close partnership with the rural sector can help inform how land is used. Through effective engagement, the development of new innovations and collaborative learning, scientists and the rural sector can ensure the future environmental quality and economic prosperity of our land.
Thursday January 19, 2012
Engaging the Public in Rural Science
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, 1.30pm
A workshop specifically for members of the consortium. The afternoon began with key-note presentations by Anuschka Miller, head of communications at the Scottish Marine Institute; Patricia Hart, communications administrator at Roslin; and David Miller of the James Hutton Institute.
These were followed by three round-table discussions in breakout groups: ‘Measuring impact’, ‘Engaging with the media’ and ‘Engaging with new media’.
Friday May 13, 2011
Climate Connections: Climate Change Research in Scotland
SNH Battleby Centre, near Perth
Exploring the role that climate-related knowledge networks can play in shaping understanding of and responses to climate change within a rural context, this one-day forum aimed to facilitate conversations between scientists and interest groups.
Output from the forum will be a report that summarises, for Scottish Government and others, activity across research networks. The report will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
Slideshow presentations can be found on the Climate Connections event website.
Videos of the presentations are on the YouTube channel of the Centre for Mountain Studies.
Monday March 14, 2011
Broadband in Rural Scotland
This workshop examined the challenges facing remote parts of rural Scotland in the digital age, taking an overview of the current situation and exploring the possible solutions to bringing high-speed internet connection to rural Scotland.
Slide presentations from the seminar are now available to view.
Monday February 14, 2011
Food security and sustainability: One can’t make an egg without cracking some eggs
ECRR Peter Wilson Lecture
Royal Society of Edinburgh
The 2011 ECRR Peter Wilson Lecture was given by Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University London.
Attention is focused on technical innovations such as GM, but societal issues such as restructuring food markets, rapid consumer behaviour change, reshaping cultural tastes and altering price signals should not be ignored. These require state intervention in markets and less consumer choice.
The lecture proposed the need for open and democratic debate about food futures. It warned against technical triumphalism and urged a more balanced integration of societal and supply chain change.
A summary and an audio recording of the lecture can be found on the RSE website.
Wednesday October 20, 2010
Ecotourism: Challenges and opportunities
ECRR / Edinburgh Napier University Workshop
Edinburgh Napier University
This workshop featured speakers from ECRR member organisations involved in the recreational use of Scotland’s natural resources.
Slide presentations from the seminar can be viewed here.
Wednesday May 5, 2010
The state we’re in: Society’s responses to climate change
The University of Edinburgh
This meeting looked at public responses to climate change in respect to:
Scientists’ and policy makers’ ideas about climate change
Policies such as the promotion of renewables
Public perceptions of the key environmental challenges and the effect on lifestyle choices
Tuesday February 16, 2010
Energy : Opportunities and Challenges
ECRR Peter Wilson Lecture
Royal Society of Edinburgh
Professor Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, Principal, University of Strathclyde gave the 2010 ECRR Peter Wilson Lecture on the topic of energy.
The lecture considered and quantified the opportunity to realise Scotland’s renewable energy potential (approximately 40 per cent of the European total) and examined the more general theme of low carbon technologies and energy infrastructure, looking at specific wind and marine technologies, and other key areas such as electricity grid systems, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, biomass and energy demand reduction.
Thursday September 3, 2009
Rural Flooding Issues : Challenges and Opportunities
British Geological Society, Edinburgh
Rural flooding can have serious impacts which may increase as climate changes and sea levels rise. This seminar explored mitigation strategies and the need, and opportunities, for new research.
Slide presentations from the seminar can be viewed here.
Chris Spray, UNESCO Centre, Dundee University
Challenges and opportunities for rural flood risk management
Roy Richardson, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Regulation, research and the catchment-based approach: where next for flood risk management?
Wednesday May 13, 2009
Scotland’s Changing Rural Biodiversity
SNH Battleby Centre, near Perth
The purpose of this one-day forum was to review current knowledge on the status and values of Scotland’s rural biodiversity and to explore successes and failures in achieving biodiversity goals.
The forum was organised by ECRR in association with the Aberdeen Research Consortium and with the support of the Scottish Biodiversity Forum and Scottish Natural Heritage. More than 100 participants attended.
A welcome by Martin Price of UHI was followed by presentations from 12 speakers about a broad spectrum of issues and the challenges that researchers face. Presentations can be viewed here.
Some 20 poster presentations were also made and abstracts can be viewed here.
Paul Walton, RSPB
Management for biodiversity by NGOs
Allan Watt, CEH
Implications for policy and action: 2010 and beyond
Tuesday February 17, 2009
Global Challenges in a Changing World
ECRR Peter Wilson Lecture
Royal Society Edinburgh
Professor John Beddington, UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, gave the 2009 ECRR Peter Wilson Lecture.
The lecture, organised jointly with the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Institute of Biology Scotland, was held in the RSE, George Street, Edinburgh on 17 February 2009.
Professor Beddington spoke about some of the world’s major resource challenges over the next 40 years in providing food, water and energy for an expanding population. He provided an assessment of the technological solutions available and the scientific challenges in bringing these solutions to bear.
Friday September 19, 2008
Provision of Environmental Research to 2020
This workshop explored how the needs for an evidence base on UK environmental changes can be met over the coming decade.
The speaker, Peter Singleton, SEPA, and who is also chairman of the Horizon Scanning Project Board for the Environment Research Funders’ Forum, gave a stimulating talk which provoked a wide-ranging discussion on how environmental research issues in Scotland might be addressed.
Slides from Peter Singleton’s presentation can be viewed here.
Wednesday November 7, 2007
Climate Change Impacts
ECRR and Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER) organised a seminar on 7 November 2007 to share information on climate change research.
More than 50 participants heard from 9 speakers about a broad spectrum of issues and the challenges that researchers must face.
Slide presentations from the seminar can be viewed here.
Clive Bowman, Centre for Mountain Studies
How Local Communities Adapt
Mark Williams, Scottish Water
Wednesday May 30, 2007
Scotland’s Energy and Environment – Technological and Social Challenges
ECRR Discussion Forum
SNH Battleby Centre near Perth
A meeting to discuss issues relating to traditional and renewable energy technologies and their social and environmental impacts was held on 30th May 2007 at the SNH Battleby Centre near Perth.
The meeting was organised jointly by ECRR and the UK Energy Research Centre with the support of the Scottish Executive, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Aberdeen Research Consortium.
Abstracts of talks can be viewed here.