The shows

Aug
19
Sat
2017
CODI 2017: Dr Data: The answer to cancer @ New Town Theatre
Aug 19 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

Data is everywhere. From diagnosis to treatment to recovery, a patient’s cancer journey leaves a data trail. What if the answers we seek about cancer are hidden in there? It could help us refine diagnosis, select treatments and improve the patient experience.

With the Cancer Innovation Challenge, data scientists, technologists and clinicians are looking for innovative data science solutions to help Scotland become a world leading carer for people with cancer.

Join Professors Aileen Keel (IHDP) and Dave Robertson (University of Edinburgh) to discuss the contributions of data science towards cancer research and care.

Performers

Aileen Keel, Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP) at the Farr Institute and Dave Robertson, Professor of Applied Logic at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, the University of Edinburgh.

CODI 2017: What Keeps You Sharp? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 19 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm

Isn’t the expression ‘having a senior moment’ awful? Yet people often think of changes in their mental skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not. So how do thinking skills change through midlife and beyond, and do our lifestyles affect those changes? Join Alan Gow (Heriot-Watt University) to explore results from “What Keeps You Sharp?”, a nationwide survey about attitudes towards the changes people expect in their thinking skills with age. See how your beliefs match the survey, and explore how all that matches current evidence.

Performer

Alan Gow, Associate Professor of Psychology, Heriot-Watt University.

Aug
20
Sun
2017
CODI 2017: Surviving the Storm @ New Town Theatre
Aug 20 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

Some trauma in life might be inevitable, but not many people would view it as essential. Ian Edwards (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) is the exception. He reckons that humans have a lot to learn from nature. Major storms, like the cyclone that hit Scotland in 2012, may have devastated the landscape, but they also kick-started the regenerative cycle. Does the same apply to humans? Or is it perverse to claim some traumas could ever be beneficial? In nature, diversity aids resilience and survival. What can we learn from this to help us weather increasingly stormy times?

Performer

Ian Edwards, Centre for Middle Eastern Plants, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

CODI 2017: The Romance Novel as High Art? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 20 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm

Anyone can write a romance novel. Or can they? Amy Burge (University of Edinburgh) did a whole PhD on romance novels (yes, you can do that) and reckons there’s more to them than you think. Come along and join Amy in this sixty-minute brainstorming session and decide for yourself if romance novels deserve more esteem. Amy will introduce you to popular motifs and you’ll get a chance to suggest characters, costumes, settings and even the title! Will you leave with a higher opinion of this seemingly frivolous genre?

Performer

Amy Burge, Academic Developer at the Institute for Academic Development, the University of Edinburgh.

Aug
21
Mon
2017
CODI 2017: Dae Ye Have a Sick-Line, Ken? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 21 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

In elite sport the margin between success and failure can be miniscule. When the smallest gains in performance can be the difference between sporting success and competitive failure, where do we draw the line on what is acceptable? Are some athletes lucky that a drug they require for health reasons is also a potential performance-booster? Should we limit any advantages to pharmaceuticals? What about bionic limbs? Do the rules make a difference, or should we have a free-for-all?  Come and join in this unique gameshow with Derek Ball (Heriot-Watt University) on doping in sport.

Performer

Derek Ball, Associate Professor at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University.

CODI 2017: Hug More Thugs @ New Town Theatre
Aug 21 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm

Do you think the criminal justice system is a soft touch? Do you think that life is too easy for criminals? Would you like to bring back hanging? Then this show is for you!  During the show, criminologists Lesley McAra and Susan McVie (University of Edinburgh) will bring you the stories of both offenders and victims. You’ll be challenged about which group are more ‘deserving’ of hugs. You’ll also have the opportunity to be stopped and searched live on stage! You’ll leave wanting to hug more thugs, or your money back!

Performers

Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology and Susan McVie, Professor of Quantitative Criminology at Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh.

Aug
22
Tue
2017
CODI 2017: Alternative Facts: Is the Truth in the Archives? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 22 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

Note this performance will take place on 7th August, 8-9pm AND 22nd August, 1.50-2.50pm

What is the truth? Is it out there? And is it in the archives? After an ‘interesting’ past year of political developments, archivist Rachel Hosker (University of Edinburgh) returns to the Cabaret to investigate the idea of whether archives hold the truth or not. What power do archives have in such political situations? Can archives expose the darker side of power – especially during times of war? Are the historical facts quoted by Trump and about Brexit watertight? How archives perceived, used and created for good and bad.

Performer

Rachel Hosker, Archives Manager at the Centre for Research Collections, the University of Edinburgh.

CODI 2017: Fibre Optic Sensors Can Save the World! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 22 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm

The magical internet-providing properties of fibre optics are well-known. But hardly anyone has heard of fibre optic sensors, and Matthew Partridge (Cranfield University) is not happy about that. These wonderful, cutting-edge devices can do amazing things and fix almost any problem. Don’t believe something so tiny can save the world? Come challenge Matthew with any question and he’ll tell you how fibre optic sensors can fix it! It’s also a chance to discuss why we don’t know more about things that could so radically improve our lives.

Performer

Matthew Partridge, Research Fellow at the Centre for Engineering Photonics, Cranfield University.

Aug
23
Wed
2017
CODI 2017: How to Rebuild a Life @ New Town Theatre
Aug 23 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

Join Professor Alastair Ager (Queen Margaret University) and colleagues as they share real life testimonies of how lives have been rebuilt after epidemics, earthquakes and wars. Find out how you counsel someone whose whole family has been ravaged by Ebola. Learn how Nepalese children were supported after their community was flattened. Hear how refugees settling in Scotland are putting war behind them and learning to live the everyday once more. Last but not least, find out what compels aid workers to help others rebuild their lives, even when doing so risks their own survival.

Performer

Alastair Ager, Director of the Institute of Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University.

CODI 2017: Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 23 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm

Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily. Neuroscientist Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh) reckons that, like sedentary lifestyles and an unhealthy diet, the monolingualism that’s come with modern society has its consequences. Research has shown that speaking only one language makes our thinking skills decline faster as we age, and can actually make us more vulnerable to dementia in later life. So why aren’t public health campaigns addressing this? Should Fitbits be monitoring our speech as well as our steps?

Performer

Thomas Bak, Reader in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, the University of Edinburgh.

Aug
24
Thu
2017
CODI 2017: Cows Eat Grass, Don’t They? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 24 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might be housed all year round in large sheds. The dairy sector is changing from the image we all hold in our heads of cows in fields munching green grass. Are these changes likely to be controversial? Yes. Is this a bad thing? Orla Shortall (James Hutton Institute) reckons it depends on why we value agriculture. Come along to make sense of how agriculture is changing, and how we can make better decisions about its future.

Performer

Orla Shortall, researcher in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) research group, James Hutton Institute.

CODI 2017: A Virus to End Humanity? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 24 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm

We’re constantly threatened by outbreaks of diseases like SARS and Ebola. Can we win the fight against a deadly unidentified infectious disease that has just been discovered at the Edinburgh Fringe? Or is the task of staying one step ahead now too much for scientists? How could this virus arise, where could it come from, and what could it mean for you? How fast will it spread from our very feet to the rest of the world? Join epidemiologist Liam Brierley to see if humans will win the struggle to survive.

Performer

Liam Brierley, Biostatistician / Epidemiologist at MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine, the University of Edinburgh.

Aug
25
Fri
2017
CODI 2017: Women, Science Is Not For You: III @ New Town Theatre
Aug 25 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

In this ‘post-truth’ era, we desperately need more scientists to critically evaluate evidence for political and corporate claims; we can’t afford to keep losing many of our best women.  Clare Taylor (Edinburgh Napier University), Pam Cameron (Novo Science) and Frances M. Lynch  (Electric  Voice  Theatre) discuss what we can do about this loss, bring evidence for five explanations for why highly qualified and ambitious women are deserting science, and sing the praises of some overlooked Scottish Superwomen of Science. One of the Cabaret’s most popular returning acts!

Performers

Clare Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, Edinburgh Napier University; Pam Cameron, Director, NovoScience and Frances M. Lynch, Artistic Director, Electric Voice Theatre.

CODI 2017: Find Your Neurotribe! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 25 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm

This show takes place on the 16th AND 25th August

If mental illness is largely defined by a deviation from a norm, where does that leave us? Psychologist Matthias Schwannauer (University of Edinburgh) has looked at the history of mental disorder and found examples of madness that are genuinely seen as incredulous, shocking and bewildering, but also common instances of labels of mental disorders being used to control what was deemed as unacceptable, dangerous or otherwise challenging. If what is identified, diagnosed and treated as mental illness is based on no more than varying societal and cultural anchor points, is anyone ever truly mentally ‘ill’?

Performer

Matthias Schwannauer, Professor of Clinical Psychology – Head of Clinical & Health Psychology, School of Health in Social Science, the University of Edinburgh.

Aug
26
Sat
2017
CODI 2017: Doctor Google Will See You Now! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 26 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

Note this performance will take place on 6th August 8-9pm AND 26th August 1.50-2.50pm

Your supermarket knows when you’re pregnant; Google knows what medical conditions you have; Facebook could help your doctor diagnose you. What if Google sent a record of your search terms to your doctor to notify them of likely health conditions? What if Facebook sent an alert to midwives when pregnant ladies posted photos of them drinking alcohol or smoking? Join Mhairi Aitken (University of Edinburgh) as she discusses how this information could be used, and have your own say on what should remain science fiction and what should become reality.

Performer

Mhairi Aitken, Research Fellow, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, the University of Edinburgh.

CODI 2017: Psychiatry is the Best Medicine! @ New Town Theatre
Aug 26 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm

Stephen Lawrie (University of Edinburgh) reckons psychiatry – his profession – is underrated. Psychiatry remains rooted in the doctor-patient relationship: psychiatrists still actually speak to patients and carers to find out what the problems are, how they came about and what might be done about them. Psychiatrists keep biological, psychological and social factors in mind. And, believe it or not, psychiatry has amongst the most effective treatments in medicine at its disposal.  Most people get better, and combining talking and drug treatments works best of all. So why is psychiatry sometimes looked down upon by other specialties?

Performer

Stephen Lawrie, Head of the Division of Psychiatry at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, the University of Edinburgh.

Aug
27
Sun
2017
CODI 2017: Can Sustainability Ever Be Mainstream? @ New Town Theatre
Aug 27 @ 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

Say the word ‘sustainability’ and you probably – rightly – think of keep-cup toting, yoga-stretching, bike-riding Guardian readers. How do you get the rest of us to build saving the environment into our daily lives? Do we even need to? Or can we leave this to the politicians, environmentalists, economists and a few concerned citizens? Civil engineer Elli-Maria Charalampidou (Heriot-Watt University) and Nikolaos Papadogiannis (Bangor University) reckon that saving the environment needs to be built into all parts of our society’s culture – even our beach holidays in Marbella. Can they convince you?

Performers

Elli-Maria Charalampidou, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University and Nikolaos Papadogiannis, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary History at the School of History and Archaeology, Bangor University.

CODI 2017: Our Genes Tell Us What to Do @ New Town Theatre
Aug 27 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm

Our genes make us who we are. Or do they? The answer is a bit more complicated than that, and we understand far less than you might think. Jonathan Pettitt (University of Aberdeen) will take look into the past, present and future of human genetics, focussing on controversial questions such as: “Is race a scientific concept?”; “Are designer babies something to worry about?”; “Does my earwax smell?”. Genetics is always a popular Cabaret topic and audience participation will be positively encouraged!

Performer

Jonathan Pettitt, Reader in the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen.