The Centre and its collaborators has a programme of events, seminars and workshops throughout the year, with more being added all the time.

Upcoming Events


Previous Events

The Great British Brain Off, 27 August 2015, 3pm.  Stand in the Square
Do you feel like your brain is half-baked? Or that your mental faculties are going off the boil? Join 'head' chef Dr Alan Gow in the Great British Brain Off to consider the recipe for the perfect brain, and what you can do if you feel your own grey matter needs some extra spice.  Watch the trailer.  
Tickets £8 from
"Brain Box", Edinburgh International Science Festival

CCACE is hosting a workshop called "Brain Box" which will be part of the EISF University of Edinburgh Family Programme. The workshop is aimed at children aged 8-12 years and will allow children to discover how amazing their brain is and investigate how it works. It will be held in the Learning Centre level 4, Studio 1 of the National Museum of Scotland. The workshop runs daily from 3.00pm - 4.00pm, 14th-18th April. Tickets can be booked by clicking here.


CCACE Scientific Themed Discussion Days


25th November 2014, 9.00am-3.45pm (followed by a drinks reception)

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Old High School, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

To register, please email Sarah Harris: Please advise of any special dietary requirements. Places limited to 60

Please note that, with the exception of the St Andrews Day Lecture, which is from 2.30pm, this event is NOT open to the public.


0900-0925: Registration

0925-0930: Introduction

Epigenetics in life course research (Chair: Professor Ian Deary)

0930-1000: George Davey Smith, University of Bristol - An overview of genetic and epigenetic epidemiology

1000-1030: Caroline Relton, University of Bristol - The epigenome: exposure, outcome or mediation?

1030-1050: Tea/Coffee

Epigenetics and psychiatric disorders (Chair: Professor Andrew McIntosh)

1050-1120: Jonathan Mill - Epigenetics and the brain: neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration and mental illness

1120-1150: Kathy Evans - Genome-wide DNA methylation analysis in psychiatric illness

1150-1205: Discussion

1205-1250: Lunch

Current and future methods (Chair: Professor David Porteous)

1250-1305: Riccardo Marioni, CCACE - DNA methylation and ageing in the Lothian Birth Cohort

1305-1320: Matt Suderman - Embedding of exposure in DNA methylation of blood

1320-1335: Andrew Simpkin - Longitudinal modelling of DNA methylation patterns

1335-1350: Duncan Sproul - Understanding aberrant CpG island hypermethylation in cancer as a paradigm of disease-associated epigenetic dysfunction

1350-1405: Discussion

1405-1430: Tea/Coffee

1430-1545: St Andrews Day Lecture: George Davey Smith - Mendelian randomization in the multi-omic world (this event will be open to the public)

1545: Meeting ends and drinks reception

29th April 2014, 6.00pm
British Academy Debate
"The best years of our lives? Body, brain and wellbeing"
15th - 19th April 2014
CCACE was invited by the British Academy to host the last of three debates on the issue of ageing. The debate will be held on Tuesday 29th April at 6pm in the General Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh. The motion for the debate was "The best years of our lives? Body, brain and wellbeing". What are the best years of our lives? What are the true consequences of an ageing brain and body? How do our genes, environments and lifestyles affect our older selves? Is it time to rethink what we perceive an older person is capable of? Should policy-makers, politicians and business leaders rethink issues such as retirement, flexible working and the way neighbourhoods are designed, to give us longer, fuller lives?

The debate was chaired by news presenter and journalist Sally Magnusson with Professor Ian Deary and Professor Catherine Ward Thompson (both from Univeristy of Edinburgh) as speakers. James Goodwin (Head of Research, Age UK) and Henry Simmons (Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland) completed the panel as discussants.

Edinburgh International Science Festival

CCACE is hosting an event called "Measuring the Brain" which will be part of the EISF University of Edinburgh Family Programme. The stand will be located in the Education Centre of the National Museum of Scotland. It will be open from 9.30am - 5.00pm, 15th-19th April.


CCACE Scientific Themed Discussion Days

"Added value: Links between CCACE and Informatics"

3rd February 2014, 9.00am-4.30pm (followed by a wine reception)

Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB

A full progamme can be found here.

The event is free to attend but you must register in advance by contacting Dr Beverly Roberts at with your name and University department affiliation.

Please note this event is NOT open to the public.

26th June 2013
MRC Centenary
To mark the centenary year of the Medical Research Council (1913 — 2013), CCACE is hosting two very different events, an open day and an evening debate.
Brain Maze: Amaze your brain
Wednesday 26th June 2013, 11:00-16:30.
Follow one person’s journey through 10 decades of life, looking at how the brain changes throughout that lifetime and how scientists measure those changes!
You’ll need to keep your wits about you to navigate the brain maze. But don’t worry we’ll give you a map. Along the way you’ll learn how to measure a brain and why some people’s brains fare better than others as they get older.
To find out more and to book, please visit

MRC Centenary Debate - “Does the wisdom of age trump the speed of youth?”
A debate to mark the Centenary of the Medical Research Council.
Wednesday 26th June 2013, 18:30-20:00 (followed by a wine reception)
Chaired by Sally Magnusson, broadcaster and author
Proposer: Kyle Thornton, Vice Chair Scottish Youth Parliament

Opposer: Tam Dalyell, former Labour party politician and MP
Too find out more and to book, please visit
2nd-26th August 2012
Edinburgh Fringe Show: Captain Ko and the Planet of Rice

Captain_Ko_picCaptain Ko and the Planet of Rice has been developed in collaboration with Professor Sergio Della Sala and others at the University of Edinburgh. The show is described as a bold and ambitious triptych of science fiction stories exploring themes of memory and time on a personal, historical and neurological level. It runs from 2 -26 August (20.00).

You can find out more about the development of the show at

More information and tickets for the show are available at:·

Discussion Event:·Talking About Captain Ko and the Planet of Rice, Hunt & Darton Cafe, Edinburgh. 15 August 2012 (4.00 – 5.30 pm).

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23 March - 7 April
Edinburgh International Science Festival


Dvptment_of_research_pic27 January 2012,
2nd Meeting of the NIHR Age and Ageing Specialty Group in Scotland
'The Development and Delivery of Research'
12pm - 4pm, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee, Lecture Theatre 3.
Cost: £12.50
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Upcoming Seminars

See a full list of this year's Seminars here.