Explorathon 2017 – Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night (29-30 September) is fast approaching, so it’s our last chance to showcase the exciting events we have in store for you!

Coffee House Lecture: The Dark Side of Social Media

Are you glued to your phone 24/7? Do you check your social media accounts before bed? Grab a coffee and a cake and join researchers at Tinderbox on Ingram Street (5.30-7pm, 29 Sept), as they discuss the darker side to social media.

Join the debate on how social media is changing people’s lives as it affects our sleep patterns and body image. There’s no booking for this event but there is limited space, so be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

During the discussion you’ll meet:

  • Dr Maria Gardani, a sleep and circadian disorders specialist. Her research mainly focuses on the onset of sleep disorders following brain injuries and the impact these may have on the everyday lives of those affected and their families.
  • Dr Heather Cleland Woods, a sleep specialist currently working with adolescents to understand the relationship between social media use, sleep and wellbeing. Her interests lie in promoting understanding of social media use and healthy sleep in schools and the family.
  • Dr Petya Eckler, an expert in health communication. She is currently focusing on the relationship between social media and body image and is interested in how users can enjoy these platforms in a sustainable and healthy way.

Visit the Explorathon website for the full programme of events and discover how you can get involved in events in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. All events are free however booking may be required. Follow us on social media for the latest updates: @ernscot #explorathon17

*EXPLORATHON (European Researchers’ Night Scotland) is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions programme. Grant agreement No 722967