Ladies lead Duns star gazing event

A year long programme of events focusing on the Borders’ cultural, natural and social history is being held by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Duns is their next port of call.

Celebrating the 2015 International Year of Light the RSE’s next event is in Duns at Berwickshire High School on Saturday, June 13, from 2 - 5.30pm and looks at ‘Women and the Stars’.

Dr Mhairi Stewart from the University of St Andrews will tell stories of renowned Scottish female scientists, the discoveries the made and the difficulties they faced.

Dr Claire Brock of University of Leicester looks at Mary Somerville, a Scottish science writer who studied mathematics and astronomy, and was nominated to be jointly the first female member of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Professor Monica Grady, The Open University, discussing current discoveries and work in space science will be followed by key note speaker Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, president of the RSE who will look at the atoms in our bodies, asking where they come from, what the earth is made from, and what have stars and the Big Bang got to do with our bodies.

Events during the year long programme also include fishing, farming and textile industries; the place of the Borders within the Scottish Enlightenment; and the legacy of the Border Ballads.

The aim of the programme is to encourage a strong sense of belonging in the community, particularly amongst children, by focusing on the uniqueness of the Scottish Borders in the context of Scotland, the UK and the wider world.

To book contact: 0131 240 2780; or; or register online at