Buchanan & Demarco

Preview: Buchanan + Demarco: Building a world-class city

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Monday 30th April from 18:00- 21:00

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Tickets booked at 17-Apr-18 10:00
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On 30th April 2018, two of Edinburgh’s most innovative and acclaimed figures in the Arts and Science will meet on stage for the first time together to discuss the future of the city.

Professor Richard Demarco CBE and Professor Bill Buchanan OBE will discuss and debate the future of Edinburgh, both in terms of its “Digital New Town” and the city’s artistic and cultural life, and will raise challenges for the residents, students, politicians and figures in the arts and sciences to ask what needs to be done, and what engagements, investments, conversations and critical thinking is needed to make Edinburgh a world-leading city once again.

Devised by David Petherick of LinkedInLocal Edinburgh, and EdinburghFestival.org this inaugural talk will be followed by an interview with ‘The Two Professors’, followed by what promises to be a lively Question and Answer session open to the 200-strong audience.

A series of talks to discuss the future of Edinburgh is already being planned: this event is the catalytic firestarter.

The venue is the spectacular ‘Egg’ building, formally known as Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre at Napier University’s Craiglockhart Campus. Invitations to attend are being extended to the citizens of Edinburgh from all walks of life. The intention is to have a melting pot of Edinburgh in the room: the student in dialogue with the local politician, artist, programmer, lawyer, clerk, pensioner, entrepreneur and simple citizen of this city.

BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE TODAY Monday 30th April 2018 from 18:00, Edinburgh Napier University

The Topics and Speakers


Bill Buchanan: Rebuilding the New Town: This time it's virtual

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful and cultured cities in the world, and has one of the most educated and enterprising workforces of any city. It has a fairly unique ecosystem which supports innovation and collaboration.

Bill will outline the strengths of the city and the opportunities that exist within Computer Science, especially around areas such as Blockchain, AI and Fintech applications. But he will also outline the risks that the city faces, and the challenges that hold it back from being truly defined as a smart city. For this he will propose new ways of engaging with citizens and businesses, and to use data to drive innovation.

The architectures of the New Town in Edinburgh built an amazing landscape for the future. This time the city has the chance to build new foundations, and this time they will be build on software. Along the way he will show how Art and Computer Science can fuse together in these new worlds.

Richard Demarco: What in Edinburgh’s artistic & cultural history are key markers for its future?

How many people know that Edinburgh is twinned with Florence and with Krakow? How many are aware, therefore, of an Anglo-Italo cultural dialogue and a Anglo-Polish cultural dialogue fostered by the reality of these cities which are among the few which express the cultural heritage of Europe through their very physical presence and their unique nature in terms of their cultural identity and their seats of learning?

How many people know why Ian Hamilton Finlay chose to define his sculptural masterpiece of a philosopher’s garden in the Lanarkshire hills as ‘Little Sparta’? He chose this name in direct response to Edinburgh’ proud title ‘The Athens of the North’.

How many people can remember the Edinburgh Festival when it was not regarded as a money-making machine? How many can remember Edinburgh when it was possible to live and work in a dignified manner in Edinburgh’s Old Town? How many agree with me that the greatest imaginable blessing was conferred upon Edinburgh and its citizens when a small group of friends decided that it should be the ‘world capital of culture’?

What should I do with my memories of every single Edinburgh Festival?


About Bill Buchanan

Bill Buchanan

Professor Bill Buchanan

Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. He recently received an award for his outstanding contribution to Knowledge Exchange. Currently Bill leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks and Security, and The Cyber Academy (thecyberacademy.org).

Bill’s research has led to three successful spin-out companies, including Zonefox (an innovated company focused on data loss detection), and a number of patents. He has also published over 270 academic papers and 28 academic books. His main research focus is around cryptography, Blockchain, information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, e-Health, and triage within digital forensics.

Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given evidence to both the UK and Scottish Parliament. He has been named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for every year since 2012, and was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World". Recently his work on ‘Secret Shares’ received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, for a research project which involves splitting data into secret shares, which can then be distributed across a public Cloud-based infrastructure. He was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers and has one of the most extensive websites for computer security education.

About Richard Demarco

Richard Demarco

Professor Richard Demarco

Like Joseph Beuys, I would define my art as my teaching. I am a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, having studied Mural Painting, Book Illustration, Book Binding, Printmaking, as well as Life Drawing and Painting.

Two years National Service in The King’s Own Scottish Borderers and The Royal Army Education Corps caused me to realise that the art world was far removed from that of the soldier preparing for the experience of the Korean War.

School-teaching on primary and secondary levels at Scotus Academy working alongside Arthur Oldham, the Scotus Music Master and founder of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, taught me that the visual and performing arts are inseparable and that they are both at one with the literary world.

I have no qualifications other than that of a school teacher, but now I have seven honorary doctorates from seven universities. I firmly believe that art is the one language that we can use to express our love of life and indeed our capacity to love and to express friendship and our most profound hopes and aspirations. It is the one language which a teacher must take seriously.

About LinkedInLocal Edinburgh

The purpose of LinkedInLocal Edinburgh is to encourage diverse connections, meet-ups and networking among local LinkedIn Members. Simple as that.

LinkedInLocal has grown into a fresh and exciting global phenomenon, with locally organised not-for-profit events under the LinkedInLocal name, springing up all over the globe.

See you there - book today

Come and join the excitement and debate on the evening of Monday 30th April 2018, for LinkedInLocal Edinburgh’s third evening event. Please note that all attending will be required to follow an events code of conduct.

  • Who: Professors Bill Buchanan and Richard Demarco
  • What: Building a World-leading City in Arts & Science
  • When: Monday 30th April 2018 from 18:00
  • Where: Edinburgh Napier University

BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE TODAY Monday 30th April 2018 from 18:00, Edinburgh Napier University


Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh Napier University Craiglockhart Campus
Edinburgh Napier University - Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
Edinburgh Napier University - Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Access is open to all ages. ID may be required to consume alcoholic beverages. We have a Code of Conduct which all participants must adhere to.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Full details are here. Parking on-street nearby is free after 18:30.

Service 36 stops within the campus itself at bus stop “Napier Craiglockhart Campus”.

Services 4, 10, 27 and 45 stop on nearby Colinton Road at bus stop “Craiglockhart Campus”.

Limited parking is available on-site. Please enter your registration number when registering to ensure we can manage numbers and parking efficiently.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes. It will help us if you do. You can also use the Eventbrite App on your phone to check in.

What if I book then realise I can't make it along?

Use Eventbrite to cancel your ticket, and we can offer up your place to those on the wait list.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact the organisers via david@icu.to or V.Manoussos@napier.ac.uk

Book your free ticket today

Monday 30th April from 18:00- 21:00

Early booking is recommended.

Tickets booked (200 available) at 17-Apr-18 10:00
Book your places HERE

About David Petherick

David Petherick is the owner and publisher of edinburghfestival.org and was born in, and lives, in Edinburgh. He is a writer, marketer and tweeter and is also a LinkedIn Profile Doctor. Follow @edinburghfest for festival news and updates and @petherick for personal news and views.

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