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Scientific Meeting and Annual General Meetings (AGMs)

09 March 2018 1:45 pm - 4:30 pm
This event is free and open to members of the Society only. No registration required. You will also be required to bring and present your membership card to gain entry on the night.
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BPS members are invited to the Scottish Branch Annual General Meeting, followed by the Scientific Meeting and to stay for the networking event.  There is no charge for attendance however members should bring their membership cards to enable registration on the day

For more details please see the Programme tab.

Hilton Edinburgh CARLTON,
19 North Bridge,

Event Location: 


12:45 - 13:15 Registration when coffee / tea is available
13:15 - 13:45 British Psychological Society Scottish Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM)            
13:45 – 14:00 Introduction: Elizabeth Hannah (Scottish Branch Chair)
14:00 – 15:00 Our Society, Our Future
Nicola Gale
President of the British Psychological Society
The presentation will provide plenty of opportunities for members to share perspectives.  Her talk will outline some of our plans as a Society for the future, including our structural review and our focus on cultural change. 
15:00 – 15:15 Short break with coffee
15:15 – 16:15 Cognition in the wild. Evolutionary studies of animal abilities in natural conditions
Professor Richard Byrne
It is often asserted that laboratory experiments are necessary to study animal cognition, but taking a cognitive approach allows the use of the full range of abilities that animals deploy naturally, as evidence of underlying cognition. Dick will give examples from species close to humans in evolutionary terms, such as apes and monkeys, where shared abilities imply common descent; and species very distant from us, where shared abilities imply convergence, helping understand the selective pressures for specific abilities to evolve.
16:15 – 16:30 Presentation to Professor Richard Byrne of the BPS lifetime achievement award
16:30 – 17:00 Division of Counselling Psychology Scotland Annual General Meeting (AGM)            
17:00 Networking opportunity with refreshments

Speakers information

Nicola Gale
Nicola Gale is the President of the British Psychological Society. Nicola currently holds an academic position, and has both clinical and organisational experience in occupational health in the NHS.  Her early career was in organisational development and training; also in management consultancy and accountancy. Nicola has worked on projects across Europe and internationally.  

Professor Richard Byrne
Byrne's PhD work at Cambridge was on humans confronted with everyday tasks, like planning meals and urban navigation.  On moving to St Andrews he switched to the study of primate behaviour, though always with a cognitive approach. This included fieldwork on baboons in Senegal and South Africa, on chimpanzees in Tanzania, and on gorillas in Rwanda. In recent years he has diversified to the study of domestic pigs, African elephants and even Australian lizards, to understand better the adaptive function of intelligence.

If you have any queries regarding this event please contact Member Network Services, quoting: 'BPSSCB-Scientific Meeting-Mar18' at:

Alternatively telephone during office hours on +44 (0) 116 252 9515 stating the name and date of the event.


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