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Area: City of Edinburgh

'The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh (ASE) has been holding meetings in Edinburgh to inform members and the general public about astronomy since 1924 ... Anyone interested in astronomy is eligible for membership. There are no entry requirements and we try to have some of our meetings suitable for beginners to astronomy. Our meetings are normally open to non-members so please feel free to come to a meeting or two before deciding if you want to join us as a member. While we are predominantly a local Edinburgh society, we do have members from all over the UK and the world.'

Category America - North

'The longest running Centre outside Canada ... Its research focus lies primarily in the social sciences, in Politics and International Relatoins, Sociology, Social Anthropology and Social Policy ... We run regular Open Research Seminars, Conferences and Special Events and Lectures throughout the year.'

Category Arts Festivals

Includes 'a series of new public art commissions and over 45 major exhibitions at galleries, museums and artist-run spaces'. Usually held each year in August.

'The Edinburgh Climate Change Institute was established in 2010 and has consistently worked towards a climate neutral Scotland and wider world.' Their 'Events' Section is 'a database of relevant events and educational opportunities from ECCI, the University of Edinburgh and our partners - and around the climate change community'.

'It is a distinctive international showcase celebrating the written word, literature and ideas. It brings leading and emerging international, British and Scottish authors and thinkers together to inspire each other and audiences in an extensive programme of public events.' Normally held Mid August.

'Edinburgh Science Foundation is an educational charity, founded in 1989, which operates Edinburgh Science's Education and Festival programmes. We are best known for organising Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival – the world’s first public celebration of science and technology as a festival and still one of Europe’s largest – as well as our science education outreach programmes, Generation Science and Careers Hive and our community engagement work.' Festival normally held during April.

Category Arts and Crafts

'Edinburgh Printmakers is a centre for printmaking and the visual arts in Fountainbridge. It has a large light-filled printmaking studio, digital studio, darkroom, classes, two galleries, a shop selling original prints and handmade products, hire spaces for meetings, events or learning activities, a cafe, a courtyard and community garden.'

'The object of the Club is to advance the education of the public concerning the life and works of Sir Walter Scott. We do this via meetings, lectures, online publications and excursions, as well as by supporting other groups who share our passion for Scott. We have around 5 or 6 lectures per year as well as an Annual Dinner, and a joint lecture with Edinburgh University English Dept. where we award our Scottish Literary Studies Medal .'

Category Road Transport

'Our aim is to promote an interest in contemporary, historic and heritage public transport, encompassing buses, coaches, railway traffic and other vehicles. We meet regularly in the Edinburgh area to discuss our interests in an informal friendly situation, in the form of indoor meetings in the Autumn and Winter seasons, and outdoor events in the Spring and Summer months. Our Winter meetings, from September to April (except January), consist of slide shows, talks and presentations by invited industry managers, knowledgable historians, and our own enthusiastic members. Summer meetings, from May to August when there are more daylight hours, are normally bus trips to various locations on interesting vintage, heritage or modern buses hired for the occasion.'

'Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre.  Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out. You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities - ranging from keeper talks through to hands-on animal encounters - and a wide-range of eating experiences, several play areas and a fantastic gift shop.'

Also indexedRoyal Zoological Society of Scotland
Category Europe

'Part of a worldwide network, the Institut français d’Écosse encourages cultural exchanges and presents the best of French culture. Enjoy our wide offer: French courses, talks, activities for kids, festivals, live music, theatre performances, library collections and film screening.'

'One of the world's premier Institutes for Advanced Study. We support innovative research and public engagement activities across the arts, humanities and social sciences through a range of interdisciplinary and international projects and programmes ... Over the years, IASH has focused on a number of key questions in the humanities, especially those which have relevance to the position of Edinburgh within the tradition of the Scottish Enlightenment, a tradition which continues to have relevance today. We encourage work that is inventive and exploratory, and especially work that forges links between the humanities and the interpretive or historical social sciences, and between the humanities in this broad sense and the medical, natural and technological sciences.'

Category Europe

'The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh is the official Italian governmental body dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in Scotland and Northern Ireland organising a wide series of events.'

'Delivers world-leading plant science, conservation and education programmes. Our mission is to "Explore, Conserve and Explain the World of Plants for a Better Future" ... We provide a diverse range of formal and informal education programmes for people of all ages and all levels. From primary school to PhD, amateur or professional, RBGE is committed to lifelong learning. The landscaped Gardens, botanical collections and expertise of RBGE staff offer one of the world’s best resources for learning about the natural world.'

'Founded in 1780 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1783, the Society’s purpose is “to investigate both antiquities and natural and civil history in general, with the intention that the talents of mankind should be cultivated and that the study of natural and useful sciences should be promoted”.'

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