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Summer event showcases science research

A free evening of talks, live music and hands-on science will showcase research at the University.

Robotics and automation will form the theme of the public event, Science on a Summer's Evening.

Future robots

Sethu Vijayakumar, Professor of Robotics and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, will look at how humans and robots will work together in the future.

Through live demonstrations and discussion, he will highlight the impact of robots in a range of areas including self-driving cars, shared manufacturing, mining, space exploration, prosthetics and rehabilitation.

Creating DNA

Dr Hille Tekotte, Manager of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry, will explain how automation has transformed the creation of almost all consumer products – and is set to do the same for the basic building blocks of life.

The past 30 years have seen enormous progress in reading the genetic information encoded in DNA.

Today, scientists can also write such information, and small DNA fragments can readily be created for use in biological and medical research.

The Edinburgh Genome Foundry is a new facility designed to help carry out large-scale automated DNA assembly – from genes to entire chromosomes.

This will enhance the development of drugs, advanced materials and biofuels and much more.

Live entertainment

Music will be provided on the night by the Science Ceilidh Band and refreshments will be available.

Science on a Summer’s Evening will be held on Wednesday 6 July at the Michael Swann Building, Max Born Crescent, King’s Buildings, Edinburgh, EH9 3BF. Doors open 5.30pm and the event will run from 6-8:30pm.

Entrance is free, but ticketed. To register, visit http://edin.ac/28LmvGW or call 0131 650 5753.