Who’s involved?

The four universities in Edinburgh work together to form the Beltane Network.

As universities, we work with many key individuals and organisations, without whom many of our activities could not happen. They include:

Susan Morrison
Comedian, newspaper columnist and director of Scotland’s History Festival
Compere of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas and source of about a million ideas and contacts
Stephen Wright
Director, Fair Pley
Producer of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas
Lewis Hou
Neuroscience researcher, founder of the Science Ceilidh band, initiator and coordinator of Fun Palaces Scotland and freelance science communicator
Lewis is working with us on Explorathon in 2016
Beata Skobodzinska
Director, Just Festival
We work with Beata on PhD in an Hour
Lisa Thompson
Lisa Thompson Creative
We work with Lisa on Explorathon

There are many other people from across our partnership involved in the Beltane Network, including our Public Engagement Fellows.

Previous members of staff who contributed enormously to the success of the Beltane project are:
Hannah Cook
Explorathon PhD Intern | Now completing her PhD at the University of Edinburgh
Mara Goetz
Events Administrator | now Recruitment and Events Administrator, Careers Service, The University of Edinburgh
Alex (Alexandra) Oates
Beltane Fringe intern 2016 | now a final-year undergraduate student at the University of Edinburgh
Dr Elizabeth Scanlon
Researcher Development Project Officer | now Researcher Development Officer at Sheffield Hallam University
Dee Davison
Project Officer (maternity cover) | now Event Coordinator, EuroStemCell
Lucy Gibbons
Beltane Fringe intern 2015 | Currently a final-year student at the University of Edinburgh
Silje Graffer
Beltane Fringe intern 2014 | Now Project Administrator at the IAD, The University of Edinburgh
Jakov Smelkin
Beltane summer intern 2013 | Now a software engineer for Microsoft
Maggie Sloan
Beltane summer intern 2013| Now studying for an MSc in Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford
Dr Iona Beange
Delivered Research Communication in Action | Communications Officer for ICONZ and former manager of the Midlothian Science Festival
Lara Isbel
Programme Manager | now Project Manager at the IAD, The University of Edinburgh
Sarah West Alin
Communication and Events Officer | now living in Norway
Ruth Cooper
Project Administrator | now PA to Director of Legal Services, The University of Edinburgh
Jehane Barbour
Project Administrator | now working as an EFL Tutor

Beltane Fellows

Beltane Fellows are researchers who have been selected to act as ambassadors for public engagement. Fellows are usually from universities in Edinburgh.

During their Fellowship, Fellows work on a specific public engagement activity for a few months. However, their affiliation with Beltane is long-term, and Fellows are expected to act as a mentor and local advocate for public engagement in their home institution.

Beltane Network Advisory Group

The most recent membership of the Beltane Advisory Group is shown below.

Prof Bill Buchanan, Edinburgh Napier University
Prof Catharine Ward-Thompson, Professor of Landscape Architecture, The University of Edinburgh
Dr Hermione Cockburn, Scientific Director, Our Dynamic Earth (representative of a non-academic organisation)
Prof Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Head of School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh
Sophie Dow, Founder, Mindroom (member of the public)
Kim Gilchrist, Queen Margaret University
Professor Charlie Jeffrey, Senior Vice Principal Public Policy, The University of Edinburgh (deputy convenor)
Rob Littlejohn, Head of Business, Scotland’s Futures Forum
Prof Lesley McAra, Head of School of Law, The University of Edinburgh (convenor)
Dr Heather Rea, Project Lead, Beltane Public Engagement Network
Dr Jon Turner, Director, Institute for Academic Development, The University of Edinburgh
TBC, Heriot-Watt University
TBC, Scottish Government
TBC, College of Science and Engineering, The University of Edinburgh

Prof Mary Bownes (The University of Edinburgh) was convenor of the Beltane Advisory Group until she retired in the summer of 2016.

Professor Isobel Davidson (Queen Margaret University) was a valued member of the Beltane Advisory Group. She passed away in October 2015.

Minutes and communications from the advisory group can be found on the Advisory Group page.