Introducing the world's first long-term Curated Scientist-in-Residence Programme in a shopping center, Ocean Terminal in Leith, Scotland.
Featuring free science and art activities, Informal discussions over tea and biscuits at the Living Memory Association with local Scientists, a hacked Lab Unit in the middle of the mall for hands-on experiments and roaming Scientists Busking with science tricks once a month.
In between our events, the unit serves as a Leith Community Science Postbox, including an exhibition, science news and postcards for shoppers to post their questions about science. If you have a question about science you've always wondered about, send us a message, #LeithLabs tweet, post on our facebook page or just come along in person and we'll do our best to point you in the right direction, put you in touch with local scientists directly or theme a Leith Lab exploring your ideas.
Our next event:
Leith Labs Explores Genes & Brains: Research Revelations
Explore the secrets in your genes and brains with hands-on activities and informal discussions as part of the MRC Festival of Medical Research. Drop-in activities include cracking the secret code of DNA, discovering how the messages in unhealthy cells could hold the key to finding the best treatments for diseases and talking to real scientists*!
There will also be discussions over tea and biscuits at the Living Memory Association, from the effects of age, diet and languages in your brain. Booking advised for these talks, with free reservations available here.
12 noon - Alan Gow - The Ageing Lab: Can taking up new activities improve the health and wellbeing of older adults? 1pm - Michelle Luciano - Can diet affect your brain health? 2pm - Stuart Ritchie - The ageing brain3pm - Thomas Bak - Can speaking multiple languages keep you sharp?
*Our drop-in activities in more detail:
These Research Revelations are thanks to thousands of members of the public, who have taken part in genetic and brain studies.
1. People-powered DNA Research, MRC Human Genetic Unit (HGU): How are Scottish people helping drive health research? Take a break from shopping - drop in and enjoy some interactive activities. Meet scientists who are unravelling the secrets of our genes.
2. Connecting Codes to Cures, MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM): Crack the secret code of DNA, discovering how the secret messages in unhealthy cells could hold the key to finding the best treatments for diseases.
22 July: Leith Labs Explores: Creative Leith
26 August: Leith Labs Explores Exxpeditions
29 Sept: Leith Labs Explores Explorathon
7 Oct: Leith Labs Explores Fun Palaces
4 & 12 Nov: Leith Labs Explores Social Sciences
Leith Labs has been kindly funded by the Physiological Society and the EU Researchers Night, with in-kind support from Ocean Terminal, Science Ceilidh, Fun Palaces and Eureka Edinburgh. Photos: Chris Scott.