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Are you a naturally curious person? Following on from the Royal Society of Edinburgh's successful Tea & Talk series held during their Curious 2019 summer events programme, the concept has been developed for a digital format to provide access to experts talking on a wide range of subjects and provide the opportunity for listeners to learn something new, expand their horizons and hear from national and world experts in their respective disciplines.
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Bonus Episode!As an end-of-year special we thought we would share this illuminating and entertaining conversation between award-winning actor and comedian Janey Godley and Kirsty Wark FRSE. Recorded as part of the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission, this interview investigates some of the ways in which communication has become important during the pandemic; from the internet's potential to create community and keep in touch, the varying roles and voices of communicators in getting the message across, and even the origins of Godley's iconic 'Frank, get the door'!This interview was initially recorded as part of the Public Debate and Participation work strand in December 2020 at The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow and was premiered via the RSE's Facebook and YouTube channels. You can watch the full interview with visuals (and captions) here.See the latest from the Commission here.Continue the conversation by joining the dedicated Facebook group here.
Welcome back for another series of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's 'Tea & Talk' Podcast; a series of conversations with some of Scotland's leading authorities on the impact of Covid-19, featuring Fellows of the RSE and members of their Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission.In Episode 5, RSE Chief Executive, Rebekah Widdowfield chats with Professor Niamh Nic Daéid about using the learning from the Covid-19 pandemic to enhance Scotland's ability to effectively utilise data, evidence, and science in preparing for and responding to future challenges. Professor Nic Daeid is director at the award-winning Leverhulme research centre for forensic science at the University of Dundee and an authorised forensic chemist working on areas as diverse as fire investigation, clandestine drug chemistry, and explosives. A member of RSE's post-Covid Futures Commission, Niamh chairs its working group on Data, Evidence and Science.
Welcome back for another series of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's 'Tea & Talk' Podcast; a series of conversations with some of Scotland's leading authorities on the impact of Covid-19, featuring Fellows of the RSE and members of their Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission.In Episode 4, RSE Chief Executive, Rebekah Widdowfield chats with Caroline Gardner about using the learning from the Covid-19 pandemic to support inclusive public services and innovative thinking. Caroline was the auditor general for Scotland between 2012 and 2020 during a period of significant growth in Scotland's financial powers; and has the passion for evidence led change to deliver better outcomes. Caroline is a member of the RSE's post-Covid Futures Commission and chairs its working group on inclusive public service. She also sits on the expert panel supporting the independent review of adult social care by Scottish government. 
Welcome back for another series of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's 'Tea & Talk' Podcast; a series of conversations with some of Scotland's leading authorities on the impact of Covid-19, featuring Fellows of the RSE and members of their Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission.In Episode 3, RSE Chief Executive, Rebekah Widdowfield chats with Professor Sir Ian Boyd about using the learning from Covid-19 to enhance Scotland’s resilience to deal with large-scale disruptions and challenges of the future. Sir Ian is currently a Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews and from 2012 to 2019 he was Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He is also a member of the RSE’s Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission chairing a working group on Building National Resilience so who better to speak to us on this important issue. 
Welcome back for another series of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's 'Tea & Talk' Podcast; a series of conversations with some of Scotland's leading authorities on the impact of Covid-19, featuring Fellows of the RSE and members of their Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission.In Episode 2, Dr Rebekah Widdowfield talks to Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak about launching the Lighthouse Labs, the UK's capacity for testing at such scale, and the need for collaboration between science and industry. Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak is Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Glasgow; Honorary Consultant Physician, Endocrinologist and Non-Executive Member of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board; and Health Innovation Champion for the Medical Research Council.  In 2016, she was awarded a DBE for services to cardiovascular and medical science.Professor Dominiczak is currently seconded to the Department of Health and Social Care in the UK Government as Director of Laboratories for the COVID-19 National Testing Programme.  In March 2020, she successfully led the establishment of the Lighthouse Laboratory in Glasgow (LLiG), part of what will be the biggest network of diagnostic testing facilities in British history, alongside other Lighthouse Lab sites in Milton Keynes and Alderley Park. The Lighthouse Lab project is funded by the UK Government, and has been established to dramatically increase the number of coronavirus tests that can take place each day to support the national effort.  This success led to her current role of overseeing all Lighthouse Labs in the UK.  Check out the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission.Follow The RSE on Twitter - @news_rseContinue the conversation on Facebook.
Welcome back for another series of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's 'Tea & Talk' Podcast; a series of conversations with some of Scotland's leading authorities on the impact of Covid-19, featuring Fellows of the RSE and members of their Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission.Kicking things off, Dr Rebekah Widdowfield talks to Dame Seona Reid about the impact of Covid-19 on culture and the creative arts.Dame Seona is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 1995, became an honorary professor of the University of Glasgow in 1999, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University in 2001, received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2005 and from University of Strathclyde in 2009, all for services to the arts in Scotland.Seona was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours, both for services to the creative industries. Other awards include Institute of Directors, Scottish Public Sector Director of the Year 2013, People Make Glasgow Inspiring City Awards 2013 for Education, Arts and Business Leadership Award 2013 and Institute of Directors Chairman's Award 2015. Check out the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission.Follow The RSE on Twitter - @news_rseContinue the conversation on Facebook.
Wrapping up this series of Tea and Talk, Episode 7 features Talat Yaqoob — Independent consultant and researcher, and a member of the RSE Post-COVID-19 Futures Commission.We discuss how COVID-19 has highlighted inequalities across various sectors across the country, including the economy, employment, healthcare and childcare. What steps we can take to ensure society is fairer for all in the future?The Royal Society of Edinburgh — @news_RSE Dr. Rebekah Widdowfield — @Rebekah_RSE Talat Yaqoob — @talatyaqoob
Episode 6 of 'Tea and Talk' features Fergus Linehan, Festival Director and CEO of Edinburgh International Festival.Fergus chats to us about the impact COVID-19 has had on Arts & Culture, how the way we have consumed the arts has changed, and what roads to recovery for venues and festivals are possible.Subscribe for a new episode every Friday.The Royal Society of Edinburgh — @news_RSE Dr. Rebekah Widdowfield — @Rebekah_RSE Fergus Linehan — @FergusLinehan | @edintfest
In Episode 5 of 'Tea and Talk' we talk to Nasar Meer, Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.Nasar discusses the impact of COVID-19 on black and ethnic minority groups across Scotland and the UK.Subscribe for a new episode every Friday.The Royal Society of Edinburgh — @news_RSE Dr. Rebekah Widdowfield — @Rebekah_RSE Prof Nasar Meer — @NasarMeer
'Tea and Talk' returns for Episode 4 with Dr. Stella Chan of the University of Edinburgh, and a member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.This time we discuss how lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic have affected people's mental health, how mental health services may be impacted post-lockdown, and coping strategies for difficult times like the present. Subscribe for a new episode every Friday.The Royal Society of Edinburgh — @news_RSE Dr. Rebekah Widdowfield — @Rebekah_RSE Dr. Stella Chan — @StellaWYChan
Episode 3 of our 'Tea and Talk' podcast dives into the social science and analysis of public behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Dr. Rebekah Widdowfield chats with Professor Stephen Reicher of the University of St Andrews. How have people reacted to lockdown measures? How did experts expect them to react? Why is a collective mentality so important during crises?Subscribe for a new episode every Friday.The Royal Society of Edinburgh — @news_RSE Dr. Rebekah Widdowfield — @Rebekah_RSE Prof. Stephen Reicher — @ReicherStephen 
In Episode 2 of our 'Tea and Talk' podcast, Dr. Rebekah Widdowfield chats with the CEO of Novabiotics, Dr. Deborah O'Neil about the efficacy of creating drugs, how the vaccine development process works, current efforts being made to produce treatments for COVID-19, and how the current pandemic has affected our approach to global production and collaboration.Subscribe for a new episode every Friday. The Royal Society of Edinburgh — @news_RSE Dr. Rebekah Widdowfield — @Rebekah_RSE Dr. Deborah O'Neil — @debsoneil | @NovaBiotics 
Tea and Talk with the RSEIn the first episode of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's 'Tea and Talk' podcast, RSE Chief Executive, Dr. Rebekah Widdowfield chats with RSE President, Professor Dame Anne Glover about the importance of using science and scientific evidence to inform government policy, how these have been used in the UK during the current COVID-19 crisis, and the launch of the RSE's Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission.Subscribe for a new episode every Friday.The Royal Society of Edinburgh—@news_RSEDr. Rebekah Widdowfield—@Rebekah_RSE Prof. Dame Anne Glover—@AnneGlover_EU
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