For the Public

For the Public


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Find us at the Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISC), and at Pint of Science!

Most of these events require you to book in advance.

EISF: The Musical Brain: How Music Helps Dementia
Saturday 13 April, 12 noon, Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland
Join Playlist for Life and the University of Edinburgh's Prevent Dementia project to explore how the power of music can help those with dementia. Learn how personally meaningful music – the soundtrack of your life – can restore memory, communication and connections and help to alleviate some of the stress, anxiety and isolation that comes with this condition. £8.50/£6.50

EISF: Everyone Hurts
Saturday 13 April, 2 pm, Cabaret Bar, Pleasance
Most of us do whatever we can to avoid pain. In the UK alone we buy around 6,300 tonnes of paracetamol every year. But chronic pain, experienced by one in five people, is a major problem and can't always be treated by a pill. Grit your teeth and tackle pain head-on with our panel of experts including Prof Lesley Colvin looking at why we hurt and how we can treat it. £8.50/£6.50

EISF: The Heart of the Brain
Wednesday 17 April, 5.30 pm, Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland
How much of what we do is really governed by reason? Renowned neuroscientist Prof Gareth Leng considers the extent to which one small structure of the neuroendocrine brain, the hypothalamus, influences what we do, how we love and who we are. Discover how the brain is very much at the heart of what makes us human. £8.50/£6.50

EISF: The Motor Neurone Disease Research Revolution
Thursday 18 April, 5.30 pm, Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing terminal neurological illness with an average life expectancy of 20 months from diagnosis. MND has no cure and it can affect anyone at any time. Scotland is leading a research revolution and today charity MND Scotland and researchers at The University of Edinburgh join us to discuss research into MND and showcase how an innovative digital platform allows for collaboration between scientists and patients. £8.50/£6.50

EISF: Medical Frontiers
10 am - 4pm, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April, Level 2 learning Centre, National Museum of Scotland
Join our biomedical research scientists to find out how science and new technologies are advancing the frontiers of future medicine. Explore inside your cells, heart and brain, learn how bodies function and discover the challenges of tackling disease in a technology led, data-driven world. Drop in event, free!

Pint of Science: Music and the Mind             
Monday 20 May 2019, 7.30 - 9.30 pm, Cuckoo's Nest, 69 Home Street, Edinburgh
with Dr Katie Overy, Music, and Ms Shelley Coyne, Music
Music has fascinating effects on humans. It touches and connects, it makes people move. How does music affect the brain? How can it help people in social contexts, but also in of brain diseases like dementia? £4.

Pint of Science: Can we talk about depression?
Tuesday 21 May 2019, 7.30 - 9.30 pm, Cuckoo's Nest, 69 Home Street, Edinburgh
with Dr Stella Chan, Clinical Psychology and Dr Mark Millar, Psychology
Depression is the world’s predominant mental health problem and despite the work done to date, scientists are still plagued by unanswered questions. Who is more likely to become depressed? How do we diagnose it? And perhaps most importantly, how do we treat it? Join us at The Cuckoo’s Nest to explore the causes of depression and how science might show us the path to happiness. £4.

Pint of Science: Deconstructing Dementia
Wednesday 22 May 2019, 7.30 - 9.30 pm, Cuckoo's Nest, 69 Home Street, Edinburgh
with Dr Azucena Guzman, Clinical Psychology, and Ms Brittany Blankinship, Psycology
Tonights events will look into the role of unconventional rehabilitation techniques, such as using dance; person-centered care; and psychosocial interventions to manage dementia. We will then move on toconsider the role of language learning in cognitive ageing and impairment, specifically, bilinguilism and dementia. £4.


Public Talks and Discussions

We regularly offer lectures and discussion events and most are recorded and made available online on our Youtube Channel.


You can find us particpating in numerous festivals throughout the year including:

  • The Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Midlothian Science Festval
  • Borders Science festival
  • Dunbar Science Festival
  • Mad Hatter Grey Matter festival
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival

Film Evenings

We regularly contribute to scientifically-themed film screenings with partners such as New Media Scotland, Edinburgh International Science Festival, British Science Association (Edinburgh). Films covered have included:

  • Momento
  • Fantastic Voyage
  • Her
  • Inside Out
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Open Days

Edinburgh Neuroscience members participate in Doors Open Day events and regularly invite the public to find out more about our research projects