KB101: celebrating a century of science and engineering
On 6th July 1920, King George V laid the foundation stone for the first of the buildings that would form part of The University of Edinburgh's new Science campus, relocated from its former Old College premises.
KB101 will be a celebration of University scientific history and contribution, but it's about much more than a collection of buildings or the geography of The King's Buildings: it's about our scientists and the discoveries they have made that have changed the world. We will celebrate our history of achievements with links to current achievers and links to recruitment messages around who will be the next generation to stand on the shoulders of these giants.
The covid pandemic, and subsequent lockdown, led us to postpone the centenary for one year, becoming KB101 and running instead for the academic year 2021/22.
We are announcing our events programme in three phases to allow us planning flexibility regarding potential future Covid-19 restriction changes. Below is phase 1 of the programme showing events that have now been confimed.
We’ll follow up with more programme announcements at the start of the new semester, and then in January 2022.
Summary of confirmed events (phase I)
|25 September 2021||Campus History Exhibition (online)|
|20–25 September 2021||Explorathon 2021|
|25/26 September 2021||Doors Open Day 2021|
|Mid-November 2021||Centenary Artwork opening events|
|October 2021–June 2022||Centenary Lecture series|
|December 2021||UncoverED@KB exhibition opening|
|April 2022||College History exhibition|
|May 2022||100objects exhibition|
|May–June 2022||KB Permaculture Garden opening|
|June 2022||Lab Visit week (TBC)|
|Oct 2022||KB photography competition results|
The College Centenary Lecture Series
The following series of lectures will take place over the coming year, in which leading figures from Schools and centres will present talks covering the history of research at the College: a mixture of past, present and future predications. The talks will close with a keynote lecture discussing the challenges facing the University in the next century.
|17 Nov 2021||Informatics||Prof Philip Wadler & Dr Ajitha Rajan||Is Computing an Experimental Science?|
|1 December 2021||Physics & Astronomy||
Prof Richard Kenway and Prof Catherine Heymans
|The Universe: Reality or Simulation?|
|15 December||GeoSciences||Dr Isla Myers-Smith||Edinburgh’s Climate Enlightenment: A 300-year scientific journey|
|19 January 2022||EPCC||
Prof Mark Parsons
|To the Exascale and beyond: the history and future of supercomputing|
|25 February 2022||Biological Sciences||
Prof Andrew Millar
|The Coming Century of Biology: Growing a way to Sustainability|
|16 March 2022||Engineering||
Prof Robin Wallace
|Renewable Energy: Edinburgh’s first (and second) half-centuries|
|13 April 2022||Mathematics||
Prof Des Higham & Dr Amy Wilson
|When Ideas meet Data: Connections across Mathematics and Statistics|
|25 May 2022||Chemistry||
Dr Nicholle Bell
|From pioneering discoveries to protecting our planet: Edinburgh's School of Chemistry|
|June 2022||Closing lecture||
Prof Ann Glover
|Opinion versus Fact: the challenges facing Universities in the next century|
The Centenary Art Commission
As part of the KB101 programme, the College of Science and Engineering commissioned a permanent work of art by the internationally renowned artist Katie Paterson.
Chosen by a panel following a competitive selection process, Paterson has been working since 2019 on this new and ambitious artwork 'Ideas' which will take the form of one hundred three-line texts cut in stainless steel (each an ‘Idea’), that will be situated in a variety of locations in and around the KB campus.
The KB Permaculture Garden
The King’s Building Permaculture Garden, currently under construction and to be opened in June 2022, is a student-led project aiming to create a platform that allows the University and other communities to connect around a growing space at the rear of Murchison House. The design of the garden and the organisation of the social aspects are all inspired by the Permaculture principles. You can find out more about the project at their blog and social media channels:
UncoverEd II: Science and Engineering 1920–2020
Opening December 2021
As part of the centenary programme, the College has commissioned a student-led project called UncoverEd II, as a sequel to the current UncoverEd exhibition, which was hosted at Chrystal Macmillan Building, and an online version of which is at the link below.
UncoverEd is a collaborative and decolonising research project, which aims to situate the ‘global’ status of the University of Edinburgh in its rightful imperial and colonial context. We believe this work is important because the University has a long and largely under-interrogated global history with deep imperial and colonial implications, many of which continue to the present day. This project encourages the University of Edinburgh’s community to reflect on its imperial past and how it played a part in Edinburgh’s status as a ‘global’ university.
The UncoverED II exhibition, which will concentrate on the history of BAME students in the College over the past century, will be launched in December of 2021. An exhibition space has been laid out in the foyer of Murchison House; the exhibition will also be posted online.
Public Engagement Events
We will be undertaking a series of Public Engagement events as part of KB101. This includes Doors Open Day and Explorathon 2021, Lab visit week and exhibitions showcasing the campus and College history.
The Centenary photography competition
As part of our KB101 celebrations we have announced a photography competition for College staff and students to showcase life and work in the College of Science and Engineering. The closing date for the competition has been changed to October 2022; full details are at the link below.