Courses – Science, Nature & Technology

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PLAGUES PAST – AND FUTURE? (ONLINE COURSE)

Roddie McKenzie

Starts: Wednesday 19 January 10.00 am – 12.00 pm,  5 weeks

Fees: £40/£35   Code: 05 209

COVID-19 has focussed our attention on infection, immunity and vaccination. Since the outbreak and as of June 2021, 3.7 million deaths from the virus had been reported. Tragic as this is, the influenza pandemic of 1918 -1919 killed 50 -100 million in a similar time period. This short course will discuss and the pathogens and diseases that caused great losses of life, our defences, and what might lie ahead.

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REWILDING – PARADISE LOST, PARADISE RESTORED (ONLINE COURSE)

Dr Keith Skene

Starts: Wednesday 23 February 6.30 pm-8.30 pm,  4 weeks

Fees: £36/£28   Code: 05 219

Rewilding is a major topic at present, as we seek to restore the damaged biosphere, through active conservation. We examine the major issues related to this, from single species re-introductions to ecosystem engineering. Focusing on how nature has recovered from devastating disasters over its 3.2 billion year history, we examine what we can learn, and what role we should play. Packed full of case studies from around the world, we explore the successes and failures of human intervention.

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