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10 things for February 2019

This month's essential news, events and opportunities for alumni.

1. Creative and Cultural Careers Festival

Splashes of bright colours represent the Creative and Cultural Careers Festival
1. Recent alumni are welcome to attend the Creative and Cultural Careers Festival in March.

Recent graduates, from any subject, who are interested in finding out more about working in the Creative Industries, Media or Cultural institutions are welcome to take part in the CCCF. Through the events running 11 - 15 March, you can learn about many different sectors, industries, professions and crafts.

CCCF website

2. Investigating the role of genes in anxiety and depression

Andrew McIntosh
2. People with depression or anxiety in Scotland are invited to take part in the GLAD study, led at the University by Professor Andrew McIntosh.

Researchers at the University's Department of Psychiatry are inviting people to take part in a study investigating the role of genes in anxiety and depression. The research – known as The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study – aims to better understand depression and anxiety in order to improve the lives of people with mental health issues.

Depression's origins focus of huge gene study

3. International Women's Day Lecture 2019

International Women's Day Lecture
3. Join us for the International Women's Day Lecture 2019.

Professor Dame Anne Glover, FRS, PRSE, Molecular Biologist and President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh will give the International Women's Day Lecture on Friday 8 March 2019.

Free tickets on Eventbrite

4. Share your words for Edit magazine

Words in foreign languages in speech bubbles
4. Submit a word for Edit magazine.

Introduce us to a word in your language (other than English) and help us showcase the linguistic diversity of our alumni. It could even appear in the next Edit magazine.

Share your words

5. Alumni gatherings in the United States

Alumni march in the New York Tartan Day Parade April 2018
5. Join members of the University for events in Washington DC, Chicago and New York.

Join the University of Edinburgh Alumni Club of Washington DC for a talk by Professor Charlie Jeffery, Senior Vice-Principal and Professor of Politics, in Washington DC on Tuesday 26 March 2019. Hear about recent achievements and exciting developments at the University at the informal alumni gathering in Chicago on Wednesday 27 March. Or watch Dr Lori Watson, lecturer in Scottish Ethnography give a talk and performance on Thursday 4 April in New York, as part of a wider Scotland Week event.

Upcoming US alumni events

6. Art exhibition ventures beyond borders

Borderlines - Khvay Samang
6. The 'Borderlines' exhibition at the University's Talbot Rice Gallery explores the impact of borders. Image by By Khvay Samnang.

The political and cultural impact of borders is explored in a powerful new show at the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery. 'Borderlines' is free and runs from 23 February until 4 May 2019.

Find out more about the exhibition.

7. Edinburgh joins European universities group

The University's Old College quadrangle
7. The University has reinforced its commitment to European engagement by joining UNA Europa.

The University has reinforced its commitment to European engagement by joining UNA Europa – a group of seven leading universities that is seeking to redesign the sector in Europe. Mobility is a key principle of the group, with students from UNA Europa universities able to combine studies in seven EU countries – Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Poland, Germany and the UK.

Edinburgh and UNA Europa

8. Your views on gene-edited meat

Gene-edited pigs are resistant to billion dollar virus
8. Would you eat meat from an animal that has had its DNA altered?

People are being invited to share their views on the use of gene-editing technologies in animals through an online survey. The responses will be used to inform research at the University’s Roslin Institute, which has already used the technology to produce pigs that are resistant to a devastating disease.

Gene-edited meat survey to seek public views

9. Postgraduate Virtual Open Week

PG Virtual Open Week 11-15 March 2019
9. Join the University's Postgraduate Virtual Open Week, 11-15 March, from anywhere in the world.

Interested in further study at the University? Join our Postgraduate Virtual Open Week, 11-15 March. Find out more about postgraduate studies through subject talks, student panels and much more, from wherever you are in the world.

Postgraduate study open days

10. Blogging about social responsibility and sustainability

Laura Young at a refill grocery shop
10. Discover the popular 'Visions' blog from the University's Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

The popular 'Visions' blog from the University's Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability is a great place to find out what the University community is doing to improve planetary health. Recent entries include opinions from Edinburgh academics supporting the Youth Strikes for Climate, ethical social enterprises set up by students, and how to live plastic free in Edinburgh.

'Visions' blog

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