30 Sep 2014

Ideas for Scotland’s largest community-owned solar project to be outlined

Building Scotland’s largest community-owned solar power park in Dundee would help tackle fuel poverty, reduce CO2 emissions and regenerate derelict and contaminated land, according to a speaker appearing at the University of Dundee next week. Helen Grayshan, Lead Officer from Solar Cities Scotland, will tell the University’s Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) how the organisation hopes to develop a community-owned solar power park in the city which would be unique in Scotland. ‘Fuel Poverty in Dundee and Community Owned Renewable Energy – A Solution?’...

29 Sep 2014

David Livingstone talk to launch Armitstead Lectures 2014

The 127th series of Armitstead Lectures will begin at the University of Dundee next month when historian Professor John MacKenzie examines David Livingstone’s legacy, more than 200 years after the birth of the explorer and missionary. This year’s inaugural event takes place at 7.30pm on Friday, 10th October at the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre and will be followed by a further five talks in consecutive weeks. Professor MacKenzie is a respected historian of imperialism who pioneered the study of popular and cultural imperialism, as well as aspects of environmental history. He has also wr...

26 Sep 2014

Space tech spin-out is business of the year

Space technology company STAR-Dundee has been hailed “a role model spin-out” after the firm took a major prize at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s inaugural awards. Academic-entrepreneur Professor Steve Parkes, Director Space Technology Centre at the University of Dundee, created the company in 2002. Its products – including spacecraft onboard data-handling network technology – are now used by space agencies across the world, including NASA, the European Space Agency and JAXA, the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency. The company, which employs 18 people at its headquart...

26 Sep 2014

Dundee and Napier researchers to evaluate stop and search pilot

Researchers from the University of Dundee and Edinburgh Napier University are to evaluate a stop and search scheme being piloted by the Fife Division of Police Scotland.  Dr Megan O’Neill, from Dundee, and Napier’s Dr Liz Aston, both members of the Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR), will lead a team investigating the impact of a new approach to stop and search currently being trialled in Fife. The evaluation is being funded by SIPR and the Scottish Police Authority. The use of stop and search methods has proved controversial. While police officers claim they are a vital tool f...

25 Sep 2014

‘Ageing Brains and Ageing Minds’ – Café Science on 29th September

The relationship between a person and their mind as they age will be examined at a Café Science event next week. Dr Siobhan MacAndrew, a Reader in Psychology at Abertay University and an honorary Research Fellow at the University of Dundee, will discuss ‘Ageing Brains and Ageing Minds’ at Avery & Co on Monday, 29th September. Dr MacAndrew said, “We hear people say ‘my brain might be 70 years old but who I really am isn’t!’ What’s the relationship between who you are and your mind? Need we think of ageing as impairment just because mental processes are su...