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Speakers’ Coffee Mornings 2020


Everyone welcome & free to attend


Join us on the first Saturday of every month for tea, coffee and biscuits from 10.30am followed by an interesting speaker.

Members and non-members welcome. Free to attend but please book in advance for each talk below.





Saturday 8th August 2020 | 11am


Professor Andrew Taylor is a Professor of Astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. His main research interest is Theoretical and Observational Cosmology, in particular studying Dark Matter and Dark Energy with Gravitational Lensing, the nature of the Dark Energy, the analysis of Large-Scale Structure in Galaxy Redshift Surveys, the temperature and polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background, and the Early Universe and Cosmological Inflation.

For this event we will have a limited number of ‘in person’ places in a socially distanced room in the club. It will also take place over Zoom meetings which is an online video conferencing app. All you need is a laptop or phone/ tablet with an internet connection. Zoom will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting if you don’t already have it. The event is free and if you wish to either attend or join us online then please email with your name, membership number and which format you’d like to attend in. Further information will then follow.

Saturday 5th September 2020 | 10.30am


September’s Coffee morning is focusing on Edinburgh’s place in the development of humanistic and non-religious ideas. Our speaker is John Gordon, lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. John is an acclaimed expert in the philosophy of David Hume, a leading figure in the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century and still regarded as the first modern humanist.

John is a very entertaining speaker, and will connect us with Hume, his world in the mid 1700s and his contributions both to philosophy and to the Edinburgh we all live in in enjoy today.