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View our list of forthcoming General Public events below.

Previous Public Events

Dinnet constructed wetland demonstration site (c) James Hutton Institute
for scientists, regulators, industry and policy makers

Dinnet Constructed Wetland Open Day

19 April 2016, 10am-4pm: Free

The James Hutton Institute will host this one day seminar on constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment on 19 April 2016.

Start date (computer format): Tue, 2016-04-19
Life in our soils (c) James Hutton Institute
for scientists, students and other interested parties

Life in the Soil: does it matter?

24 February 2016, 6pm

This event, supported by the James Hutton Institute, will look at the vital roles played by organisms that live in our soils.

Start date (computer format): Wed, 2016-02-24
Living Field, Invergowrie (c) James Hutton Institute
for families and any interested parties

Biodiversity theme day – Botany, Bugs and Biodiversity

9 January 2016, 11am to 3pm

In this theme day at the Dundee Science Centre, Dr Geoff Squire from the James Hutton Institute will discuss cropland biodiversity in Scotland through several exhibits.

Start date (computer format): Sat, 2016-01-09
The event will look at NC monitoring in the UK (c) James Hutton Institute
for scientists, policy makers and other interested parties

NCI Dialogue on Natural Capital Monitoring

8 January 2016, 8:30-10:30am: Free (registration required)

This NCI event aims to initiate and facilitate on-going dialogue between key academic, policy and business decision-makers to find shared solutions and innovative approaches to monitoring natural capital in the UK.

Start date (computer format): Fri, 2016-01-08
The event will discuss issues around onshore renewables development
for scientists, policymakers, students and other interested parties

Balancing trade-offs in Ecosystem Services: windfarm energy, climate, soil and landscape

17 November 2015, 10 am to 4 pm

This BSSS-Scottish Soils Discussion Group event aims to discuss issues surrounding the trade-offs between onshore windfarm development and ecosystem protection under pressures of reducing GHGs, conserving soil quality (and carbon stores) and increasing energy production from renewable sources.

Start date (computer format): Tue, 2015-11-17

Symphony of Soil screening - Aberdeen TechFest

1 October 2015, 7 pm: tickets available

As part of Aberdeen TechFest and to continue our celebrations of International Year of Soils, the James Hutton Institute will host a screening of acclaimed feature documentary film Symphony of the Soil at our Aberdeen site, on Thursday 1 October 2015.

Start date (computer format): Thu, 2015-10-01
The lecture will mark the start of the Soil, the Earth's Tender Skin exhibition
for interested parties

Soil, the Earth's Tender Skin - Opening Lecture

3 September 2015, 5:30 - 8:00 pm: Free

A lecture will take place to mark the opening of the Soil, the Earth's Tender Skin exhibition, organised by SEPA, SNH, James Hutton Institute, Forestry Commission Scotland, Soil Association, CIFAL Scotland, UNITAR and the Scottish Government.

Start date (computer format): Thu, 2015-09-03
Professor Lorna Dawson (c) James Hutton Institute
for the general public, students, teachers, scientists, policymakers and media

Forensic femme fatales

4 July 2015, 3.30-4.30 pm: Free

Join Professor Lorna Dawson and two other UK leading forensic science experts for a fascinating, enlightening, funny and sobering discussion. Explore why fact is often stranger than fiction and discover just how many ways there are for criminals to act without leaving a trace…or so they think.

Start date (computer format): Sat, 2015-07-04
Inside the marquee at Royal Highland Show 2014
for the general public

Royal Highland Show 2015

18 - 21 June 2015: £20-£25 (show entry price)

Visit our marquee on Avenue Q to find out more about our how our research and science supports Scottish farming, food and land-based industries and related agriculture.

Start date (computer format): Thu, 2015-06-18
Tractor and trailer tour at the James Hutton Institute Open Farm Sunday 2013
for the general public and families

Open Farm Sunday 2015

7 June 2015, 10am - 4 pm, Free

The James Hutton Institute will be opening its doors to the public for LEAF Open Farm Sunday on 7 June.

Start date (computer format): Sun, 2015-06-07

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