For the Public

For the Public


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Find us at the Edinburgh International Book and Fringe Festivals

Most of these events require you to book in advance and charge a fee.

Book Festival: Yasmin Rahman: The Power of Friendship
Saturday 10 August 2019, 6.30 pm, Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab, Edinburgh Book Festival, Chalrotte Square   £5.00
Chaired by: Dr Stella Chan, Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Yasmin Rahman’s All the Things We Never Said is a bold, brave novel touching on suicide and the life-saving power of friendship. She introduces her moving debut and its heroine Mehreen, who makes new connections in her darkest times. Come prepared for a sophisticated, sensitive event that explores different points of view, mental health in a digital world and finding the strength and happiness to survive. £5

Book Festival: Only as Happy as our Unhappiest Child
Monday 12 August 2019, 7.30 - 9 pm, Garden Theatre, Edinburgh Book Festival, Charlotte Square
Chaired by: Dr Stella Chan, Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Building resilience in children. Positive social connection shapes a baby's brain from the moment it’s born, developing the resilience needed to thrive and grow. Talking about childhood anxieties plays an important role in building resilience. Join Michelle Jones and Kara Whelan from Craigmillar Books for Babies, research scientist Suzanne Zeedyk and picture book writer Chris Haughton to explore how books can be the gateway to having difficult conversations with children and finding a path to resolution. £12 / £10

Book Festival: Nathan Filer & Helen Thomson
Tuesday 13 August 2019, 12:15 pm,  Spark Theatre on George Street, Edinburgh Book Festival, George Street  £12.00, £10.00
Chaired by: Dr Stella Chan, Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Analysing the brain's functions. Helen Thomson, former editor of the New Scientist, has written about rare brain disorders in Unthinkable to illustrate how lives can be changed in brilliant and alarming ways. Former mental health nurse and Costa Book of the Year winner for The Shock of the Fall, Nathan Filer talks about his experiences meeting people affected by schizophrenia, as detailed in his new book The Heartland. An event focusing on the power, and tragedy, of the mind. £12 /£10

Fringe Festival: You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What?            
Sunday 04 and Friday 09 August 2019, 1.30 pm, The Stand's New Town Theatre - The Studio, Freemasons' Hall, EH2 3DH
Research has got to the point that researchers like Prof Stephen Lawrie (Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh) can predict who will get some major mental illnesses years before they develop. The overall accuracy of these predictions is about the same as in cancer screening. A key question now is: would you want to know if you, a child or parent was at high risk? Your answer might depend on how effective any treatment would be, the risk of false positive and false negative diagnoses, and the overall cost. Are there other factors? £10 / £8

Fringe Festival: Tea and Just Talk Series: The Rise and Fall of Phrenology
Tuesday 06 August, 1.00 pm and Wednesday 7 August, 4.00 pm, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, George Street
Prof David Price will be hosting this event, where visitors are welcome to enjoy a free cup of tea while engaging with experts in a friendly environment. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and to listen to some of Scotland's leading authorities on diverse subjects, such as Scotland's energy future, problems around menstruation, the need for opera and the role it plays in society, and more! The event is free to attend, but we recommend you register to guarantee a seat. 

Fringe Festival: Dumbing Down Trauma?
Tuesday 06 and Wednesday 21 August 2019, 8.10 pm, The Stand's New Town Theatre - The Studio, Freemasons' Hall, EH2 3DH
Scotland is one of the first countries to buy into the Adverse Childhood Experiences Movement wholesale and has highlighted this as a key public health concern. This can only be a good thing, right? Finally, we are waking up to the long-known devastating effect of adversity and trauma for individuals' lives, their place in society and their future wellbeing and prosperity. But does this broad-brush approach to public health miss the most crucial aspects, asks Prof Matthias Schwannauer (Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh), by quantifying misery and focusing on individuals and their brains rather than society and its context? £10 / £8

Fringe Festival: Has Your Phone Replaced Your Brain?
Thursday 08 August 2019, 1.30 pm, The Stand's New Town Theatre, 96 George Street, EH2 3DH
What if your mind is not only ‘in’ your brain? How exactly would your mind extend across brain, body and beyond?
Philosopher Dave Chalmers claims that if his iPhone were implanted in his head, it would just speed up processing; it is already part of his mind. Claims about ‘the extended mind’ have been around for a long time: for the Romans your iPhone equivalent was your slave. We are all out of our heads, argues Miranda Anderson (University of Stirling; The University of Edinburgh), and we always have been. £9/£7

Fringe Festival: Tea and Just Talk Series - Where is your mind?
Monday 12 August 2019, 3.30pm, Royal Society of Edinburgh, George Street
With Dr Miranda Anderson. Does your mind extend across your brain, body and beyond? Are our phones already part of our minds? Find out how literature, art and technology are just some of the ways we’ve always been ‘out of our heads’. The event is free to attend, but please book.

Fringe Festival: Sex, Drugs and Bilingualism
Friday 16 and Sunday 18 August 2019, 8.10 pm, The Stand's New Town Theatre - The Studio, Freemasons' Hall, EH2 3DH
When it comes to sex, drugs and bilingualism, we fool ourselves if we believe we are objective, claims Dr Thomas Bak (Psychology, University of Edinburgh). These topics touch our social, moral and religious values as well as deep emotions, including the fear of the loss of control. Beneath the surface of seemingly rational scientific debates rages a war for our souls. So, let's give up the illusion of "objective science", admit that everybody is wrong (at least occasionally) and look together behind the scenes of the passionately fought bilingualism wars to find out why we love/hate languages. £10 / 8

Fringe Festival: Tea and Just Talk Series - Psychiatry: ‘perpetually in crisis’?
Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 August 2019, 4 pm, Royal Society of Edinburgh, George Street
With Professor Stephen Lawie (Centre for Clincial Brain Sciences). Given that the medical specialty of psychiatry has been described as ‘in crisis’ ever since its inception, will it ever be able to escape its history? The event is free to attend, but please book.

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