Humanist Society Conference 2018

Tickets are now available for the 2018 conference which will be held at the RSE, George Street Edinburgh on Friday 18th May.

Please join us for the biggest Humanist event in Scotland. We have fantastic speakers lined up and as ever there will be plenty of opportunity to meet up with other Humanist Society members and invited guests.

Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are included. The 2018 AGM of the society will follow the conference in the same venue.

2018 Speakers


Polly is the current chair of Chemistry at Edinburgh University. Her research into new ways of clearing up nuclear waste has earned her the 2012 Rosalind Franklin Award and the Lord Kelvin Medal in 2017. Polly helped establish the Sci-Sisters network of women in STEM leadership and was awarded an OBE in 2017 for her work in promoting women in STEM.



Catherine is a half Glasweigan / Spanish theatre director and writer based in Scotland. She recently completed a year’s residency as assistant director at the King’s Head Theatre in London and is considered a rising star in Scottish theatre. Catherine recently won the John Byrne award for her hard hitting short play Immaculate Correction, which will be performed at the conference. The play is about her real-life experiences growing up in a Scottish denominational school and the impact that having no sexual health & relationship education has on young people’s lives.



Glen is Chair of Moral Philsophy at the University of Glasgow and has wrote extensively on ethics and emotional responses. His 2012 book Forgiveness and Love has been lauded as giving a “new philosphical view of forgiveness” in an easy to access way.



Talat is the Director of Equate Scotland, the national expert body in improving gender equality in STEM sectors in Scotland. Talat is also co-founder of the women 50:50 campaign to increase representation of women in Parliament, councils and public boards.



Andrew Copson is the President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union and CEO of Humanists UK. He has written extensively in the UK media on Humanism and Secularism and in 2017 authored Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom



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