Events over the next while

Hey folks,

I’m carrying on with just putting out the full events list. If people really miss the short version at the heading then reply to let me know, but doing it this way saves a lo of time this end.

Personal picks this week would be the discussion on the effect of economic violence on health Tuesday followed the day after a national day of action at Atos buildings across the country. Wednesday also has a talk and discussion on libertarian education which should interesting.

As ever if you know of any upcoming events then drop us a line and we’ll try get them added to the next update.


Tue 18th February
Does austerity harm health?
The Teacher Building, St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB
1630 – 1800

More than 6 years after the beginning of the Great Recession, constraints on financial resources continue to affect European health systems. As new data steadily becomes available, there has been growing debate on the consequences of the crisis and how best to respond. Some countries are implementing substantial reductions to health and social welfare spending, while others have made additional efforts to protect the most vulnerable. The debate extends to whether these policies are impacting health. Some governments deny any serious problems, indeed pointing to research suggesting recessions may be good for individual’s health. Others point to emerging problems, such as increases in consultations for mental illness, suicides, outbreaks of infectious diseases, and shortages of essential medication. Policy-makers debate whether austerity is the right approach to the crisis and whether the human cost of austerity is an unfortunate but necessary consequence of the financial crisis.

The session will: 1) Review what has happened to public spending, particularly on health and social welfare, in the EU since the start of the financial crisis. 2) Summarise the impact of the economic crisis on population health and access to health services in Europe. 3) Draw lessons from the recession on mitigating the effect of economic downturns for people’s health and health systems.

Aaron Reeves works in the Department of Sociology and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford, where he is working an EU-funded project (DEMETRIQ) with Dr. David Stuckler examining natural experiments in relation to poverty-reduction and health as well as exploring the impact of the recession and austerity on health outcomes. Prior to his time at Oxford he worked briefly at the University of Cambridge and completed his PhD in Applied Social & Economic Research with the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.


Tue 18th February
PubhD: Can you explain your PhD to a layperson?
The Old Hairdressers, 20-28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

And now for something completely different!

Three PhD* students will explain their research to a bunch of people in the pub, in exchange for a pint or two. If you’d like to be one of these three people, please get in touch at

Each speaker will have 10 minutes to talk about their subject area, before we throw the floor open to the audience who can ask questions for up to 20 minutes. The format should lead to a more informal and conversational atmosphere than most lecture events, and hopefully we can continue for drinks downstairs once the event itself is at an end.

*If you’re a PhD, EngD or EdD student, or a post-doc (or involved in any research that you can talk about), please do get in touch!


Wed 19th February
Anti-Atos National Demo
Glasgow Assessment Centre, Corunna House, 29 Cadogan St, Glasgow G2 7RD
1100 – 1730

A demonstration will take place as part of the Atos National Demo, a UK wide day of protest against Atos. 10,600 disabled people have died while taking the Atos assessment, tens of thousands also face sanctions. Join Glasgow Against Atos to say no more cuts to disability benefits!


Wed 19th February
Education as the Practice of Freedom
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carringdon Street, Glasgow, G4 9AJ.
1845 – 2100

“There is no such thing as a neutral educational process. Education either functions as an instrument that is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes “the practice of freedom,” the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” – Paulo Freire

Anarchists have a long and illustrious history of involvement within education, with interventions in libertarian education as notable as Ferrer’s Escuela Moderna, and the Free Skools, right through into the contemporary spaces of Social Centres. As a movement, Anarchism has historically emphasised the importance of the role of education – whether as a domesticating tool of oppression or as a prefiguring and liberating force – with a concern rarely echoed in other political perspectives.

While naturally touching on some of that history, this talk will mainly be concerned with the understanding that radicalism presents us with a fundamentally educational space, and will consider this in light of the work of Paulo Freire, among others. Though identifying outside of the specific Anarchist tradition, Freire’s work within Popular Education can be easily understood as broadly libertarian, and with implications and prospects for Anarchism. Though the talk will highlight the role of informal education, contributions and reflections on all modes are welcome and expected in the discussion following.


Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs are appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We ask that all those attending this event read the first page of our safer spaces policy here:


Thu 20th February
Sustainable Transport – Active Travel Film and Discussion Event
Seminar Room 1, Wolfson Medical Building, University Avenue, G12 8QQ
1900 – 2100

We will be showing a series of short films looking at city design and active transport, followed by a talk and discussion from Future City Glasgow ( Guest – Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team will be on hand too with an interactive and informative display during the tea/coffee break! We look forward to seeing you there 🙂


Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd February
Living Willow Structures
Toryglen Community Base and Polmadie Plots

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make domes, tunnels, fences and furniture out of living willow? This practical 2 day course will cover the basics of willow structures through to more advanced and complicated patterns. You’ll learn about how willow grows and how to maintain it. Places are limited.

£60 –£100 sliding scale

Email: or tel: 0141 613 2766 to book a place.


Sun 23rd February
Potato Day and Seed Swap 2014!
Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU
1100 – 1500

We’re teaming up again with Glasgow Allotment Forum to bring you this years Potato Day and Seed Swap.

GAF will order in sackloads by the tonne of loads of different varieties, from the household names to the uber-obscure.

GLFN will host a seed swap table, starting with donations from kosher seed companies – but really we want you to bring your locally saved good seed stocks to swap and share with other local growers across glasgow.

We’ll also have a programme of workshops throughout the day for sharing skills and knowledge.

Come one come all!


Mon 24th February
Animal Intelligence? – Prof. Dick Byrne – Glasgow Skeptics
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street
1900 – 2130

Although many of our everyday judgements of intelligence in other species can be shown to be dubious, the idea that some species have developed superior intelligence is a respectable one. The tricky part is measuring it! Brain size seems more ‘objective’ than intelligence, but it too is not easy to compare across species. Also, having a large brain is not necessarily a ‘good thing’. Despite these difficulties, there’s been real progress in understanding what sorts of animal have specialized in intelligence, and what ecological problems have pushed their evolution in that direction. But there’s much less agreement about what their ‘higher intelligence’ actually is, perhaps because it can be several things. Purely quantitative differences in learning and memory may be responsible for a lot of what we notice and can measure. Yet human intelligence did not come from nowhere: and human intelligence includes the ability to understand how things work, whether those things are other people or systems of inanimate objects in the world. The big challenge will be discovering the precursors of this qualitative advance in other species.

Dick Byrne studies the evolution of cognition, particularly the origins of distinctively human characteristics, using evidence from species as diverse as great apes, elephants and domestic pigs. In 1987, with three colleagues, he set up the Scottish Primate Research Group, which now links 17 faculty and their research teams in an informal collaboration spanning 5 Scottish universities. Professor Byrne has published 1298 refereed journal articles, 64 invited book chapters, and edited 3 books. He was awarded the British Psychology Society Book Award 1997 for his O.U.P. monograph The Thinking Ape, and appointed to the fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2002.


Fri 7th March
Winter Warmers Film #5: ELEMENTAL – THE FILM
Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA
1930 – 2200

Our final screening in the Winter Warmers – 5 Elements series. Note the change of venue / starting time! ELEMENTAL – THE FILM 2012, 93mins. Director: Gayatri Roshan

Summary: Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. The film follows Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India’s once pristine Ganges river, now polluted and dying. Facing community opposition and personal doubts, Singh works to shut down factories, halt construction of dams, and rouse the Indian public to treat their sacred “Mother Ganga” with respect. Across the globe in northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her own “David and Goliath” struggle against the world’s largest industrial development, the Tar Sands, an oil deposit larger than the state of Florida. A young mother and native Denè, Deranger struggles with family challenges while campaigning tirelessly against the Tar Sands and its proposed 2,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which are destroying Indigenous communities and threatening an entire continent. And in Australia, inventor and entrepreneur Jay Harman searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature’s own systems hold the key to our world’s ecological problems. Harman finds his inspiration in the natural world’s profound architecture and creates a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming, but will it work? Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle.

Watch the trailer here:


Sat 8th March
Grow Your Own Course
Battlefield Community Garden, Ledard Road

This course is spread across two, four hour sessions.

The course is FREE but places must be booked in advance.

Please contact or tel:0141 613 2766 to reserve a place

Saturday March 8th at Battlefield Community Garden, Ledard Road, 1:30pm –5:30pm Saturday March 15th at Langside Parish Church, 167 Ledard Rd, 1:30pm –5:30pm

Whether you have a spare window ledge for a window box, or an allotment plot, this course will help you to get started growing your own food. The course will cover the basics of seed sowing, planting, composting, and harvesting, and there will also be help to design your own space for growing fruit and veg.

There will be lots of practical activities, help and advice, and visits to gardens in the area.


Sat 15th March
Bring & Buy Sale / Coffee Morning
Croftfoot Parish Church, Croftpark Ave, Glasgow, G44 5NR

WestGAP is an anti-poverty community group run by and for people who have first – hand experience of living in poverty. We are holding a fundraising event at Croftfoot Parish Church. If you’ve done your spring clean early, we would love donations of clothes you no longer wear, books you’ve finish with etc.

The Church is reached by taking the nos. 34 or 75 First buses from town to Castlemilk Drive at Croftpark Ave. The no. 5 First bus from opposite the St Enoch Centre goes to Carmunnock Rd at Croftpark Ave (the other end). If you get off at the Co-op supermarket just before a roundabout you just only need to walk a tiny bit back down the hill to Croftpark Ave.


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