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Science communication is important in today's technologically advanced society. A good part of the adult community is not science saavy and lacks the background to make sense of rapidly changing technology. My blog attempts to help by publishing articles of general interest in an easy to read and understand format without using mathematics. I also give free lectures in community events - you can arrange these by writing to me.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Science for All - A community Education Initiative

Science For All
An exciting and innovative series of science talks launched in East Kilbride in October 2006. The Science For All programme is the result of a partnership between University of Glasgow & Scottish Enterprise in Lanarkshire.
The creator and presenter Dr. Ravi Singhal specifically designed the community based programme to highlight the role science plays in everyday life and improve the understanding of science in today's modern world in an engaging and informative way.
No previous knowledge of science is required and everyone is welcome to attend. The talks are most suitable for secondary pupils and adults of any age.
'The talks will be entertaining as well as being informative and thought-provoking for all attending. We are hoping to attract as many people as possible to the talks and guarantee there will be something for everyone, from the beginner to the expert.'
Audience comments include 'his lectures are so well prepared and well illustrated...his presentation is suitable for an audience with even quite limited previous knowledge of physics or cosmology, but also for enthusiasts.
Programme Details
All talks are free of charge and will take place from 11am on Saturday mornings in the James Watt Auditorium, East Kilbride Technology Park, G75 0QD. Click for map
To find out more email   ektalks@yahoo.co.uk    more information.
  • Meeting Maxwell:  29 April 2014 Parton                                                  (D&G Science Festival)
  • The Curie Family and the Story of Radioactivity:                                    24 January 2014
  • Energy from Thorium: 25 January 2013
  • Sustainability: October 2012 (five 90 minutes                                                               meeting)
  • Sustainable development: October 2012  
  • Population growth & sustainability: September                                                                   2012
·         Talks 60 to 64  Population: Elephant in the Room (To be scheduled)
·         Talk 59 Renewable Energy Sources  Glasgow Science Festival                      10 June 2012 (120 Minutes)  
·         Talk 58 Climate Change and Oceans  Glasgow Science Festival                     9 June 2012 (120 Minutes)
·         Talk 57 Climate Change Dumfries Science Festival                                         10 May 2012 (120 Minutes)
  • Talks 52 to 56: Nanotechnology                                                                      3, 10, 17, 24, 31 October 2011 (90 minute talks)
  • Talks 46 to 51: Einstein and the Theory of Relativity:23, 30 October and 6, 13, 20 & 27 November 2010
  • Talks 41 to 45: Exploring the Cosmos:30 January and 6,13, 20 & 27 February 2010
  • Great Scottish Inventors: to be rescheduled
  • Talks 35 to 40:
    Climate Change: 3,10,17 & 24 February and 3 & 10 March 2009
  • Talks 30 to 34:
    Science in Medicine: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 November 2008
  • Talks 25 to 29:
    Atomic Nucleus and Nuclear Energy:                                                           16, 23 February and 1,8 & 15 March 2008
  • Talks 15 to 24:
    Micro- and Nano- technologies: 20, 27 October, 3, 10, 17 & 24 November 2007
  • Talks 13 and 14:
    Alternative Energy Sources: 14- 21 April 2007
  • Talks 8 to 12:
    Global Warming and Climate Change: 3-31 March 2007
  • Talks 1 to 7:
    Exploring the Cosmos: 28 Oct - 9 Dec 2006
In 2010 and 2011, three eight-hour sessions were held in the Department of Life Long Learning at Strathclyde University, Scotland.  The topics were Exploring the Cosmos, Nanotechnology and Einstein & the Theory of Relativity. 
Speaker Profile
Dr Ravi Singhal has lived in East Kilbride since 1970 and recently retired from Glasgow University's Department of Physics & Astronomy after 36 years. During that time he taught students from a wide range of disciplines and covered topics as diverse as birth of the universe to quantum mechanics. Dr Singhal is a widely published academic with almost 200 research papers, reviews and book chapters related to lasers, environmental and nuclear physics.
A passion for science and education combined with a desire to 'give something back' to the community Dr Singhal found retirement gave him the perfect opportunity to start up the Science Talks programme:
'My talks are designed to improve the awareness and importance of science at a local level and highlight the role it plays in everyday life...volunteers who will be able to expand the programme and give different talks to the community on diverse subjects including medicine, the environment, alternative energy sources and nanotechnology.'

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