The Mason Institute offers an exciting calendar of events throughout the year for students, academics, practitioners, and the public.

Jan
25
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Carstares Room, Old College
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Feb
8
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Carstares Room, Old College
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Feb
20
Tue
The Great Medico-Legal Debate 2018 ‘Should the UK government change the current policy for childhood immunisation?’ @ Room LG.11
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Great Medico-Legal Debate 2018

‘Should the UK government change the current policy for childhood immunisation?’

If you wish to register to come along as an audience member then please register with Eventbrite as an audience member.  However, if you are considering taking part as a member of one of the debate teams then please read on for some further information about what this will involve and how to reserve you place on a team.

We are delighted that you are considering taking part as a debate team member. Below is some additional information that we hope will help to inform your decision. If you are a University of Edinburgh or Glasgow Law or Medical school student (undergraduate or LLM) and would like to join a team, please send an email to annie.sorbie@ed.ac.uk, copied to edward.dove@ed.ac.uk, as soon as possible, as multidisciplinary teams will be selected on a first come, first served basis (more detail below).

We will aim to respond to all expressions of interest, and you will be informed in due course whether or not you have been selected for a team. If not, we will operate a waiting list, and hope that you will come along to support your colleagues and form part of the voting audience!

If you would like to come to the debate as an audience member, then please sign up to do so on Eventbrite.

Information for potential participants

This is provisional and further, confirmed information will follow nearer the date of the debate

Date: Tuesday 20th February 2018, 6:00-8.30pm (including reception). Bus departs for Glasgow at 8.30pm.

Venue: University of Edinburgh, Room LG.11 in the David Hume Tower

Organisers: Your key contacts for this event are Annie Sorbie, Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics, and Edward Dove, Lecturer in Risk and Regulation, both of the Mason Institute (see email contact details above).

Transport: The Mason Institute will arrange coach hire for up to 20 participants to travel from Glasgow University, leaving from a convenient location at around 3pm (as we anticipate that a public health law seminar delivered by Professor John Coggon will take place before the debate from 4.30-6pm).  These arrangements are provisional at this time, and further information on travel will follow.

Motion:  “This House believes that the UK government should change the current policy for childhood immunisation.”

In contrast with other countries, there is no legal obligation in the UK for parents to immunise their children against certain diseases. Rather, it is a matter of parental choice. Debate rivals, Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, will consider issues of human rights and public health arising over changes to childhood immunisation policy.

Glasgow: Once teams have been selected, a coin toss will decide which team is arguing for and against the motion.

Edinburgh: Once teams have been selected, a coin toss will decide which team is arguing for and against the motion.

Teams: Each team captain will lead a team consisting of five members, comprised of law students and medical students. The teams will be selected on a first come, first served basis, although to ensure that the teams are multidisciplinary we will aim for a 3:2 ratio between team members from each discipline.  The organiser’s decision on team selections are final.

Team captains: The team captains for Glasgow and Edinburgh will be responsible for organising team meetings, practice sessions and liaising with the Mason Institute to discuss debate logistics.  If you are willing to be a team captain please let us know when you indicate your desire to join a team.

Format: The debate is anticipated to last around 1hr 30mins, commencing at 6:00pm (with a reception to follow). There will be an invited audience, and the debate will be chaired by Professor Graeme Laurie, Founding Member and Director of the Mason Institute. Members of both teams will prepare submissions for or against and will be permitted to see a ‘skeleton’ outline of the arguments to be made by either side beforehand to prepare counter-arguments. (Submissions to opposing teams will be due around the beginning of February 2018.)

The event will not be a traditional moot – the chair will not interrupt the arguments of either team and team members may not respond outwith the allocated response timings (to follow in due course). There will be a time keeper to let each speaker know when they have 1 minute left and also when their time has finished. Professor John Coggon of Bristol University has been invited as the impartial, expert judge to determine the victor.

Furthermore, the invited audience will be asked to vote for or against the motion both before and after arguments. The audience vote tallies will be announced after the expert judge has rendered the decision.

Three members of your team (including the team captain) will set out substantive arguments for or against the motion; the other two team members will set out the counter-arguments to the opposing team’s points. The team captain begins submissions for their teams and provides closing arguments. Exact timings will be confirmed nearer the time.

 

 

Feb
22
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Carstares Room, Old College
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
MI Lunch with Beverly Hood @ Seminar Room 6 Chrystal MacMillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Feb 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Positively Squishy – creative research in the lab

With Beverly Hood, artist and lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Edinburgh.

Abstract

In an environment where bioscientific research undertaking “qualitative field-based inquiries with living people or living organisms are increasingly regarded as naïve or amateurish” (Ingold, 2016), creative practice researchers have a unique ability to undertake “positively squishy” (Ingold, 2016) approaches to inquiry, and act as agents of correspondence.

In this presentation, Beverley will talk about undertaking a micro-residency in the laboratory of Professor Sara Brown, an eczema genetic research lab, within the School of Medicine, University of Dundee, organised by ASCUS Art & Science, and funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Arts & Ethics Research Group. This research and development residency involved observing the day to day activities of the lab, from carefully nurturing skin cell cultures, to the precise, complex and delicate processes used to analyse these samples. Beverley will discuss the series of experimental creative works, developed in response to this, which attempt to immerse the viewer in the lab, by embodying the poetic, human and ethical issues that it’s work raises.

Biography

Beverley Hood is an artist and lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Edinburgh. She studied Sculpture and Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Canada.

Her research practice interrogates the impact of technology on relationships, the body and human experience, through the creation of practice-based projects and writing, A longstanding research interest is live performance using technology and interdisciplinary collaboration. Recent projects include Eidolon, an intimate, site-specific, immersive live performance, VR experience, and monograph, developed at the Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors (SCSCHF), at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert.

She is a member of the RAFT and DISIGN research groups at Edinburgh College of Art, the Centre for Creative and Relational Enquiry, at the University of Edinburgh, and the Art & Ethics Research Group (AERG), a Mason Institute research project that draws upon diverse approaches and methodologies from the arts and humanities in conversation with scientific and medical practitioners.

About MI Lunches

Human health is essential for the enjoyment and maximisation of almost all human activities. As our health futures rapidly evolve alongside great medical, scientific, and technological advancement, we are faced with the obligation to both protect patients and promote ethical research. How to successfully navigate these interconnected and complex relationships is a challenge not yet met. The Mason Institute is at the forefront of research into the protection and promotion of human health. The MI Lunch Series reaches across the boundaries of discipline and institution to directly engage with crucial human health actors – researchers, practitioners, policymakers, patients, and the public – to exploit on-going research and explore this challenge.
If you would like to be a part of our series, please contact: mason.institute@ed.ac.uk

Mar
8
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Carstares Room, Old College
Mar 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Mar
22
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Carstares Room, Old College
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Apr
5
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Apr
19
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
Apr 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
May
3
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up