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View our list of forthcoming General Public events below.

Previous Public Events

TIMS instrument (c) James Hutton Institute
for geoscientists, chemists, scientists and anyone interested in analytical services

Technology Awareness Day

26 October, 9am to 3.30pm

Come to our Technology Awareness Day on 26th October for a chance to learn about our analytical services offering, including SEM, FTIR, XRD and TIMS.

Start date (computer format): Thu, 2017-10-26
Working with sheep at Glensaugh (c) James Hutton Institute
for sheep farmers, researchers and anyone interested in sheep farming

SAC Consulting Summer Meeting at Glensaugh Farm

14 July 2017, 12-7pm

The 2017 SAC Consulting Summer Meeting will take place at the James Hutton Institute's Glensaugh Farm, to highlight research aimed at reducing lamb losses on Scottish farms.

Start date (computer format): Fri, 2017-07-14
Bere barley plot (c) James Hutton Institute
for farmers, agronomists, industry, scientists and policymakers

Back to the Future: Understanding the heritage of bere barley for a more sustainable future

29 June 2017, 8:45am - 6:00pm, Free

In this event, James Hutton Institute scientists will discuss, along research partners and other stakeholders, the lessons of heritage barley for a more sustainable future.

Start date (computer format): Thu, 2017-06-29
LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2015 Visitor with Claude the Soil Character
for the general public and families

Open Farm Sunday 2017

11 June 2017, 11am - 4 pm, Free

The James Hutton Institute will be opening its doors to the public for LEAF Open Farm Sunday on 11 June.

Start date (computer format): Sun, 2017-06-11
Fascination of Plants_Logo
for the general public and families

Fascination of Plants Day

21 May 2017, 11.00am - 4.00pm, Free

As part of a Europe-wide celebration, the James Hutton Institute is joining forces with the University of Dundee to take part in the annual Fascination of Plants Day, at the Dundee Botanic Garden on Sunday 21st May.

Start date (computer format): Sun, 2017-05-21
Grazing on the Edge poster (courtesy TRANSGRASS)
for members of the public

Community screening of Grazing on the Edge

3 March, 7:00pm

After a well-attended premiere in Portree on the Isle of Skye, documentary film Grazing on the Edge will be screened to crofting and policymaking audiences in Scotland.

Start date (computer format): Fri, 2017-03-03
for anyone interested in crofting and upland management

Grazing on the Edge: open screening in Aberdeen

5 December 2016, 2:30pm

The contribution crofters and island farmers make to managing land of high nature value will be the focus of a short film and following panel discussion planned for 2.30 pm on Monday 5th December at our Craigiebuckler site in Aberdeen.

Start date (computer format): Mon, 2016-12-05

Grazing on the Edge: community screening at Portree

10 November 2016, 7:30pm

The contribution crofters and island farmers make to managing land of high nature value will be the focus of a short film and following panel discussion planned for 7.30 pm on Thursday 10th November in the Aros centre, Portree on Skye.

Start date (computer format): Thu, 2016-11-10
Soil forensic research (c) James Hutton Institute
for anyone interested in crime fiction and forensics

Forensic fact meets forensic fiction

24 and 25 October 2016

As part of CrimeFest 2016 in Aberdeenshire, Professor Lorna Dawson will take part in a discussion of forensic fact and fiction together with crime writer Lin Anderson.

Start date (computer format): Mon, 2016-10-24
Scottish landscape (c) James Hutton Institute
for scientists, students, policymakers and anyone interested in the concept of ecosystem services

ESCom Series October: What has the concept of Ecosystem Services done for us? Taking stock and looking forward

12 October 2016, 5-7pm

Hosted by Kirsty Blackstock, James Hutton Institute & Marc Metzger, University of Edinburgh, this ESCom event will feature a panel discussion and lively debate on the concept of ecosystem services.

Start date (computer format): Wed, 2016-10-12

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.