Talks, lectures and workshops Find more about our afternoon talks and evening lectures, workshops, study days and conferences at the National Museum of Scotland. National Museum of Scotland How to find us Become a Member for free exhibition entry Mammoth Poo Detectives: Lab Rats for adults Date: Sat 12 April Time: 14:00, 15:30 (1 hr) Venue: Studio 2, Learning Centre, Level 4 Cost: £3, limited places Book online or call the Science Festival booking hotline 0844 557 2686 Why should kids have all the fun? Explore Ice Age environments through demonstrations and hands-on messy challenges, and use poo clues to track down mammoths and mastodons. www.sciencefestival.co.uk Part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival from 5-20 April 2014. Spotlight On: Minerals and Mobile Phones Date: Thu 17 Apr Time: 14:00-15:00 Venue: Seminar Room, Learning Centre, Level 4 Cost: Free, booking required Book online or call the Science Festival booking hotline 0844 557 2686 Did you know that mobile phones contain most of the chemical elements? Sourced from rare earth materials, their extraction and production has serious human and ecological impacts. Join curator Rachel Walcott and Professor Simon Harley of the University of Edinburgh to find out more. www.sciencefestival.co.uk Part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival from 5-20 April 2014. Spotlight On: Power of Ten Date: Thu 1 May Time: 14:00-15:00 Venue: Seminar Room, Learning Centre, Level 4 Cost: Free, booking required Book online or call 0300 123 6789 In 1614 Scottish scholar John Napier published his ground-breaking work on logarithms. Dr Tacye Philipson, curator of the Power of Ten exhibition, explores the late Renaissance context in which these innovations were made, and their relevance today. Challenges and Opportunities in Future Cities Date: Tues 27 May Time: 18:00 Venue: The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ Cost: £5 Booking: Usher Hall Box Office, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AE (Monday-Friday 10am-5.30pm), by calling 0131 228 1155 or online at the Usher Hall website. Future Cities face diverse challenges: mass-urbanisation, the need for resource efficiency and the aging demography. However, they also offer opportunities for economic and societal growth. Join Prof Jeremy Watson as he discusses what a ‘smart future city’ might look like. This is a joint event with The Royal Society of Edinburgh and is part of The Edinburgh Lectures 2014. Booking tickets Booking tickets for paid events online or by telephone will incur a £2.25 booking fee per transaction. Booking tickets for free events online will incur a £2.25 booking fee, but telephone bookings are free. If you book tickets for any event in person at any of our museum sites, you will not be charged a booking fee.