Science Festival's Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Future

Submitted by edg on Tue, 2 Apr '19 8.49pm

Hosted at Edinburgh Centre For Carbon Innovation's low carbon hub hosts, the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas series here offers "Provocations for a Sustainable Future" - inviting some of the UK’s brightest and bravest thinkers to put forward their most challenging sustainability ideas.

The thought-provoking and entertaining session, hosted by notorious Edinburgh comedian Susan Morrison, will give visitors a chance to engage with cutting-edge low carbon knowledge.

Speakers include University of Edinburgh plant science and biogeography expert Dr Richard Milne, who will imagine a future where ‘fake news kills world’.

“Before going mainstream in 2016 fake news was used for decades to attack climate science” Dr Milne argues. “I intend to bust those climate myths and explore the new, growing dangers that fake news poses for our planet.”

Dr Milne is joined by Heriot-Watt energy scholar Dr Elma Charalampidou and Modern History expert Dr Nikos Papdogianni (Bangor University), who will each put forward their own ‘dangerous ideas’ to be debated.

Following the cabaret visitors will also have a chance to view a series of short environmental films created by students from Edinburgh College of Art, complete with a question and answer session with the filmmakers.

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas combining serious academic research with irreverent, down-to-earth discussion and has been running at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2013. During this time it has reached an audience of 10,000 people with more than 200 performances.

Presented by the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.