Sea another side of cabaret

Friday 22 March 2013

The secrets of the deep will be revealed by leading marine scientists at a special cabaret evening next week (Wednesday 27 March).

Hosted by Radio 4 science presenter Quentin Cooper, the show will feature a fascinating selection of short, highly visual presentations disclosing scientific oddities and thought-provoking facts on Scotland’s seas.

Audience members will be able to enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles while the mysteries of the deep are uncovered at the event, to be held at the National Museum of Scotland on March 27 as part of the Future Seas exhibition.

The Future Seas exhibition has been organised the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) which is a collaborative group of universities, including the University of St Andrews, and research centres across the country, which investigate Scottish waters.

Both the exhibition and cabaret evening will be part of this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival, which takes place March 25 to  April 7 this year, and attracts more than 150,000 visitors to the capital every year.

The Future Seas exhibition is free and open to the public in the Grand Gallery of the Museum throughout the Science Festival.

Dr Mark James, MASTS Operations Director, said: “This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the ground-breaking marine science that takes place in Scottish universities and research institutes.”

Scotland has one of the longest coastlines in Europe and the interactive exhibition will reveal the diversity of marine life and highlight the ways we explore and use the sea.

Sponsored by the Year of Natural Scotland, the Marine Science Cabaret Evening event will take place at Hawthornden Court at the National Museum of Scotland 6.30-8.30pm on Wednesday 27 March.


Note to Editors

The evening will involve an entertaining mix of science and theatre with brief six minute presentations from a variety of talented speakers:

  1. Professor Jimmy Turnbull (University of Stirling) “Scotland’s Seas – what does the future hold?”
  2. Dr Lars Boehme (MASTS lecturer at St Andrews University) “Marine Mammals Exploring the Oceans – Pole to Pole: Seals as marine scientists”.
  3. Lili Lieber (MASTS Prize PhD student at St Andrews University) and Lewis Cowie (SSACN) “Tag, you’re it! The role of volunteers in on-going research into Scottish shark populations.”
  4. Dr Paul Fernandes (MASTS lecturer at Aberdeen University) “Fish discards: the untold story of the problem, and how to fix it.”
  5. Silje Kirsten-Jensen (MASTS Prize PhD student at St Andrews University)   “Are Scottish harbour seals sick of the weather or are toxic algae to blame?”
  6. Professor Dorrik Stow (Heriot Watt University) “Vanished Ocean: Mystery and Riches.”
  7. Niki Lacey & Thom Linley (MASTS PhD students at Aberdeen University) “Journey to the abyss and beyond: monsters of the deep!”
  8. Dr Rory Crawford (RSPB) “Seabird Spies with Hip-Hop Vibes: RSPB’s work to push seabird conservation up the agenda, from ‘Big Brother’-like research to rapping puffins.”

The evening will also feature spectacular CGI videos of life in the deepest parts of the ocean by Amy Scott-Murray (MASTS Prize PhD Student at Aberdeen University).

Tickets for the event are limited and can be obtained from:

or call the booking hotline on 0844 557 2686.

Issued by the University of St Andrews Press Office

Contact 01334 462530 or email [email protected]

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