Posts Tagged ‘scotland’

CommonwelathgamesCommonwealth Games organisers have produced a Glasgow 2014 Factsheet that outlines the history of the event, information on the participating countries and the venues for each event. There is also a Game On Scotland site that “aims to provide inspiration and learning and teaching opportunities related to Glasgow 2014 and other momentous events happening throughout Scotland in the coming years”.


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GlasgowGlasgow City of Science is a partnership of over 50 organisations including Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, universities, Glasgow School of Art, colleges, research pools and local industry. Their mission, “To inspire the curious, stimulate the creative, empower the wise and connect those with passion”, determines that their site has something for everyone with an interest in any aspect of science. Whether you want to keep up to date with current developments, or sign up for one of their Science Walks, the site has something for you.

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Scotland’s Greenspace Map shows the location, type and size of green spaces across Scotland’s urban settlements (i.e. towns with a  population greater than 3,000).  The types of green space in the study includes parks, allotments, and private gardens.  The map, produced by Greenspace Scotland, is the first time any country’s green spaces have been recorded in this way.

is a world first; no other country has mapped its greenspace in this way. It is an innovative Geographical Information System (GIS) based map which provides comprehensive information on the location, extent and type of greenspace across all of Scotland’s urban settlements (i.e. towns and cities with a population of 3,000 or more).

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Photo of Glen NevisHillphones is a recorded telephone message service that gives information about the stag stalking taking place in upland areas of Scotland.  Its purpose is to inform hillwalkers about where stag stalking is taking place so that they can plan their routes to avoid these areas.  The 2011 stag stalking season is 1st July to 20th October, with most areas busier towards the end of the season.  The hillphones service will operate from 1st August to 20th October 2011.

Phone numbers can be found on the hillphones website and there is also a pilot website giving this information online.

Hillphones are organised by Scottish Natural Heritage with support from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Annual Report and Accounts 2009 – 2010 [PDF file]

Includes summaries of recent research breakthroughs, information about strategic impact, bibliometric data, etc.

Climate Resilient Infrastructure: Preparing for a Changing Climate [PDF file]

A lengthy report from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs covering the potential impact of climate change on infrastructure such as bridges, roads and power stations.

Government response to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee Report on the Video Games Industry in Scotland [PDF file]

Covers age-restricted games, taxation, intellectual property, etc.

Scottish Government Consultations

Securing the Benefits of Scotland’s Next Energy Revolution: Consultation Responses

Marine Scotland: Scottish Marine Regions: Defining their boundaries Consultation Responses

Consultation Response Summary – Joint Consultation by Scottish Government and Food Standards Agency on a change to BSE Testing of Cattle slaughtered for human consumption

You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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The Royal Society of Edinburgh is organising an event for scientists about “Understanding and influencing the Scottish Parliament”.  

Topics will include:

  • How the Parliament works
  • Engaging your MSP
  • The role of the Chief Scientific Advisor
  • Campaigning through traditional and social media
  • Working with learned societies/professional bodies

The event is open to all, and is priced at £15 for members of SoB/RSC and RSE Fellows, and £25 for non-members.  Registration information is available on the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s website.

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Public Attitudes to Physical Activity in Glasgow [PDF file] contains useful information for sports studies and health sciences students. 

Interviews were carried out with 750 residents from across Glasgow about

  •  physical activity undertaken in the past week;
  • attitudes to physical activity;
  • self-perception (self-worth);
  • motivations towards physical activity;
  • barriers towards physical activity;
  • influence of sporting events;
  • other health behaviours.

This research was carried out by EKOS (an economic and social development consultancy) for the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

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