This year’s ‘Science and the Parliament’ event was held at Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth on Wednesday, 13 November and well represented by a number of YAS members.
Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the event – which was this year themed around Science in Health – attracted the support of learned organisations, further and higher education institutions and industry across the full spectrum of science and engineering disciplines. The event was also well supported by MSPs, including the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, and senior members of the civil service.
This year two YAS members were also given the opportunity to speak at the event and give presentations on their work. Dr Marc Dweck, clinical lecturer at the Edinburgh University/British Heart Foundation centre for Cardiovascular Science, talked about his work on modern non-invasive scanning techniques, which provide us with detailed pictures of the heart, providing novel insights into the processes underlying cardiovascular disease. Dr Karen Lorimer, senior research fellow in public health at Glasgow Caledonian University, spoke about health inequalities in Scotland, drawing upon her research interest of sexual health, arguing that we must ensure we do not abandon social science efforts to tackle HIV in favour of biomedical approaches. Click here to see her presentation.