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Tiny Titans

Please note this event will be held in a cellar bar accessed by a narrow staircase and there is no step-free access
Past event - 2024
15 May Doors 6pm
Event 6:30pm to 8:30pm
*This event starts an hour earlier than other Pint of Science events*
32Below, 32B West Nicholson Street,
Edinburgh EH8 9DD
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Insects and microorganisms might be very small, but that doesn't mean they don't have a big impact! Learn all about their role on our planet, whether we can live without them, and how they've affected our world.

*This event starts an hour earlier than other Pint of Science events*

Insect Dark Matter: Thinking Small, Acting Big

Dr Nathan Medd (Lecturer in Ecology and Evolution Education, Training Manager at Edinburgh Genomics )
Most animals are insects. Whether you count numbers of species or simple mass, insects dominate the animal world. They inhabit almost every conceivable niche, yet some groups of small, seemingly insignificant insects, remain poorly understood. What role do these 'dark taxa' play in global ecosystems? Can't we afford to lose a few midges? Let's try and tackle these questions before climate change and habitat loss answer them for us!
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Small But Mighty: The Secret Lives of Marine Diatoms

Professor Sinead Collins (Personal Chair of Microbial Evolution, School of Biological Sciences, UoE)
Phytoplankton are the single-celled organisms that are responsible for much of the photosynthesis in the ocean. Diatoms, a type of phytoplankton, do about 20% of global primary production (turning sunlight and carbon dioxide into organisms, using photosynthesis), form the nutritional basis of most wild fisheries, and … are incredibly beautiful and interesting. During this talk, we’ll learn about the microscopic photosynthesizers that power marine food webs, their role in our changing ecosystem and climate, and get a diatom’s view of our rapidly changing oceans.
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Other 32Below events

2024-05-13 The Origin: From Planets to Craters 32Below 32B West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD, United Kingdom
2024-05-14 Blue Planet: Scotland's Coasts and Waters, and Their Inhabitants 32Below 32B West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD, United Kingdom