Mike recently participated in the Edinburgh Fringe’s Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, putting on a show that challenged preconceptions about plastics and the decisions we make, arguing that we need to use MORE plastic, not less, to save the world. The show was super fun (thanks to the help of comedian Susan Morrison) and hopefully also informative! And check out those trousers!
This week Mike was inducted into the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland. This is a prestigious honour, and also an interesting opportunity. The Young Academy was started by the Royal Society of Edinburgh as a youthful model of their own activities, bringing together emerging leaders in science, humanities, arts, business and civil society. Importantly, as in the RSE, it brings together a diverse set of perspectives. Non-homogeneity is key to out-of-the-box solutions, after all!
Despite the teasing from colleagues about having the “young” designation attached to a 37-year old, this is actually the average age of participants. Mike personally hopes to get involved in the Research the Headlines and Industry Working Group pillars of the YAS to address some of the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland (either in an independent form or as part of a strong UK).
Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Conan Doyle was a Scottish physician and scholar who studied medicine, anatomy and, importantly, chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. Recent research has shown a very strong link to the chemical content of the Sherlock Holmes writing and the lectures that Professor Crum Brown taught Doyle at our very own School of Chemistry.
Luckily, we’re still inspiring students at the University of Edinburgh to think critically, be creative and apply their scientific insight to chemical and non-chemical endeavours.
In the photo above, “Sherlock” investigates the knitted structure of graphene at a recent “Doors Open” day at the University of Edinburgh.
Watch me try to be funny (again).
Check out my Research in a Nutshell.
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Missed Mike performing? Want to miss it again? Then plan to wash your hair on Sunday August 4th because he’ll be performing as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.
UPDATE: Ok, you’ll need to wash your hair on both Saturday August 3rd AND Sunday August 4th. Mike will also be performing on the BBC Potterrow stage at 8pm on the 3rd!
Buy tickets by clicking on the photo of a dork. Seriously. Click on Mike’s mug and buy tickets for the August 4th show. Now.
Mike’s first chance to do stand-up comedy through the Bright Club was pretty awesome and highly enjoyable (for him – questionable for the audience). Enjoy!
UPDATE: You can now see the video online! Check Mike out on YouTube!
Tomorrow afternoon (Friday, February 22nd), Mike is giving a talk at the “Global Challenges Grounded Solutions” TEDx Edinburgh event. Entitled “Saving the World One Plastic Fork At a Time”, he will use his 12 minutes to explain what it is we actually do – and why we do it! Tickets to the event sold out in 15 minutes, but you can watch the talk live online via the streaming provided by the University. More details found here. Mike is up first, so tune in at 2pm to catch his talk!