Edinburgh City Council

Dr Bryan Nelson Memorial Lecture

A first of its kind lecture is to be held in memory of the world’s leading expert on gannets, Dr Bryan Nelson MBE, who passed away in 2015.

As a tribute to Bryan, the Scottish Seabird Centre and RSPB Scotland are jointly hosting a memorial lecture which it is hoped will become an annual event. The first will be held on 6 October, 19:30, at Napier University (Craiglockhart Campus) in Edinburgh.  

Local energy systems in the UK – taking stock and looking forward

ClimateXChange and the University of Edinburgh are hosting this interdisciplinary event to bring together researchers, policymakers and practitioners to take stock of the current state of practice and knowledge of local energy systems in the UK, and look forward to the key challenges and opportunities for the future.

The event will address the following three questions:

Scottish Land Reform Conference 2016: What next for land reform?

In a noteworthy year for land reform, the Scottish Land Reform Conference 2016 will look at where Scotland is heading on its land reform journey. Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform will set out the Scottish Government’s vision going forward.

Delegates will hear views from community landowners, tenant farmers and others on what the land reform agenda means for them. The conference will also look at Scottish land reform from an international, historical and human rights perspective.

Women in Agriculture

Women in Agriculture has drawn together a collective of organisations - RHASS, Royal Bank of Scotland, SAOS, Scottish Woodlands, SAYFC and NFUS - to support women across Rural Scotland to :

  • Share experiences of land based industries and rural Scotland
  • Seek advice, support and skills based learning
  • Access networking and peer group support

There will be a panel of guests, chaired by Professor Sally Shortall, including Mel Ivine from the TV show This Farming Life.

Gorgie City Farm Fundraiser

Gorgie City Farm needs your help!

Rising costs and a serious reduction in external funding has resulted in the City Farm asking its loyal visitors and supporters to help keep the Farm open.
Having supported the local community for 38 years, Gorgie City Farm works with over 100 volunteers every week through training, work experience, social opportunities and personal support.

On the 10 July 2016, SKYbar will be hosting a Fundraising Event - offering the best views in the city!

Social Return on Investment Practitioner Training

Social Value UK's two-day practitioner training provides a thorough overview of SROI from two main angles. Day one is a practical, step-by-step introduction to the SROI process, beginning with some theory and going onto the hands-on development of an impact map – the heart of the SROI process – and exploration of appropriate real life examples.

Day two covers more in depth theoretical issues behind SROI including valuation techniques and overclaiming, as well as discussing examples of best practice at different levels of rigour and for different audiences.

Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum meeting

Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF) is holding the first of its three meetings in 2016 at the Grassmarket Centre, close by the historic Greyfriars Kirk in the heart of Edinburgh. 

Women in Agriculture - supporting rural Scotland

Women in Agriculture has drawn together a collective of organisations to support women across Rural Scotland to:

In Focus: Introduction to Sponsorship (Edinburgh)

This In Focus session will explore the opportunities presented by corporate sponsorship for heritage groups and organisations. It is aimed primarily at those who have no or very little sponsorship experience. It is also a great refresher for those who need reminding of the basic principles and practice of this area of fundraising within the heritage sector.
The course will explore the following:

What is sponsorship?

Why businesses sponsor heritage

How to identify potential business sponsors

Planning to Progress: How to develop a fundraising strategy (Edinburgh)

This one-day course will provide you with an understanding of the significance and usefulness of a fundraising strategy and will provide you with the tools to construct an effective plan for your organisation.

You will learn the principles of a fundraising model for heritage organisations and will begin to construct a strategy for your own organisation.

The training covers:

researching and identifying sustainable sources of private income

developing project profiles

pitching your project