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11th June 2012
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Seminars and Meetings



Get Your Kit Out!

Event: Get Your Kit Out! Expand Your Research, Increase Your Impact

Date: Thursday 14th June

Venue: Level 3 James Clerk Maxwell Building , KB Campus

Time : Registration and Breakfast 8.30am

Event:  9am - 4pm

With funding for equipment severely squeezed, why not come and see what’s already on your doorstep, and how it can work for you?

Research Council policy on the purchase of new resources affects us all, with the emphasis on collaboration and sharing our kit and facilities.

Prof Lesley Yellowlees, Head of the College of Science and Engineering invites you to a showcase event at Kings Buildings. There will be talks, tours, exhibitions and networking to help you discover the kit and facilities at the College and how you can access them.

Arrive early for a breakfast roll at 8.30 am

Network with colleagues over a glass of wine at 4pm


To register search ‘Get Your Kit Out!’ on MyEd events

Further event information at




Heriot-Watt Inaugural Lecture Series 2011-12

14 June- Professor Teresa F Fernandes

Professor of Environmental Science

Cairn Lecture Theatre ,Postgraduate Centre

4.30pm - Refreshments

5.00pm - Lecture


The Ecosystem Health Journey-Are we there yet?


All living organisms, including humans, need a clean environment in order to survive, reproduce and in general, thrive. It has been clearly demonstrated that a link between poor human health and reduced environmental quality can be established. In this context there has been much development over the years in the management of contaminants in the environment, nevertheless the real challenge is on assessing effects of emerging and novel contaminants, such as endocrine disruptors and nanomaterials, as well as the prediction of cumulative effects. The search for novel ways to assess and manage environmental quality has been the focus of much research over the years, but the search is still on for what is actually meant by ‘Good Environmental Status’. This lecture addresses some of these points and illustrates how the development of the concept of ecosystem health has helped refocusing this area of work.


Professor Teresa F. Fernandes (TF) is a graduate from the New University of Lisbon, Portugal (BSc Environmental Engineering) and of Aberdeen University (MSc, PhD). Her masters and doctoral studies focussed on the study of oil pollution in marine communities and were carried out in association with British Petroleum (BP). On completion of her PhD TF joined English Nature, the English statutory agency charged with the management of natural resources. TF joined Napier University in 1994, where she became a Professor of Environmental Science in 2008 and Director of the Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences. TF joined at HWU in February 2011. Teresa Fernandes research focuses on the fate of contaminants in natural systems and their effects on species and communities. She is particularly interested in ecosystem health, links with human health, and management of risk. Specific subjects of her research have included oil, aquaculture, organic enrichment, endocrine disruptors and nanomaterials. Another important aspect of TF’s research is the management of aquatic and coastal systems, and the integration of science and policy for the sustainable management of natural systems. TF has attracted funding from a range of national and international agencies and institutes such as UK Government, UK research councils, British Council, European Commission, Danish Government, Portuguese Government, UK Trusts and Charities, Royal Society, Industry. Currently TF co-supervises a team of research fellows and doctoral students, sponsored by the UK Government, Research Councils, Industry and the European Commission. From 2006 to 2009 TF was an external scientific expert of the European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Indentified Health Risks (SCENIHR). Currently TF acts as an external scientific expert on Risk Assessment of the Scientific Committees of the European Commission.

Please email to register for this event




Dyslexia Awareness Training Session - Monday 18th June

The Student Disability Service is organising further Dyslexia Awareness Training Sessions.

The sessions aim to provide an understanding of the difficulties a student with dyslexia may experience, and offers guidance on the work we do to support these students.

The next training session has been arranged for Monday 18th June in room 1.11 in the Main Library and will run from 9.30-11.00am.

The sessions can be booked via My Ed.

If any staff member is unable to attend on 18th June but is keen to attend a future date please forward their names to the Student Disability Service.

Office T: 0131 650 6828



British Standards Online database

Maya Heath from the British Standards Institute will be coming to t

he King's Buildings to give a demo of using the British Standards Online database. She will also talk about the standardisation process at the British Standards Institute. The talk will be held on Thursday 21st June in Room 3212 in JCMB (one of the teaching studio rooms) and will run from 10:00 - 11:00. Anyone wishing to attend can sign up via the MyEd bookings channel.




Montague Burton Lecture

Montague Burton Visiting Professor of International Relations Lecture by Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organisation

Friday 29th June 5.15 - 6.15pm

David Hume Tower,

Lecture Theatre A,

George Square

A title for this lecture has yet to be confirmed.

Disabled access is available with assistance - please phone 650 2093.

Registration for this lecture is now live on eventbrite.






There are various events throughout the UK in June/July

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