17. What will the format of your event be?:
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
20. Venue requirements:
Lecture theatre with powerpoint projection facilities.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Why are there fish in the pavements tells the story of how a chance find by a member of public of a small fossil fish in a paving slab has driven research into understanding the evolution of senses and brain development in our closest living fish relatives, the lungfish. The story describes the intimate link between our society and science through the cultural history of paving stone stone quarrying in Scotland and the why we should value not only our cultural and scientific heritage but also our geological heritage.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Paving slabs from the same quarries that may contain fossil fish are also laid in parts of Newcastle e.g. Grey Street.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
1) Even the pavements on which we walk everyday can be an important part of our geological heritage. 2) It was the keen eye of one member of the public, Mr Ken Shaw from Edinburgh, that stimulated an entire research and conservation project. 3) Geodiversity is as important as biodiversity.
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
The Pavement Fish Project is not only scientific project or a project to enthuse the public and encourage people to contribute to science around their own town but also a project to introduce the concept and importance of conservation of geodiversity; preserving the richness of geological materials not just in the wilderness but in our towns and cities. This event bridges gaps between science, history, culture and society and also investigates how current policy is affecting, and future policy will affect, our geodiversity.
I am the event manager:
I am the event manager
1. Event Manager Organisation:
University of Edinburgh, Geovertical
2. Event Manager First Name:
4. Event Manager Address line 1:
School of Geosciences
5. Event Manager Address line 2:
Grant Institute, The Kings Buildings
6. Event Manager Address line 3:
West Mains Road
7. Event Manager Postcode:
8. Event Manager Telephone number:
9. Event Manager Email address:
10. Which of the following areas of science does your event best fit into?:
3. Event Manager Surname:
11. Do you have a preferred day for your event to take place on?:
Saturday 7 September 2013
Sunday 8 September 2013
Monday 9 September 2013
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Wednesday 11 September 2013
Thursday 12 September 2013