Is war good for science?

The late Edwin Starr, in his infinite wisdom, once wrote that war is good for absolutely nothing, but is that strictly true?

The advances in technology, medicine, psychology, and infection control that can be traced back to events on the battlefield will be explored in a free talk in Aberdeen tomorrow (Tuesday June 10).

Dr Donna MacCallum from the University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Medical Sciences will discuss the relationship between science and war at 7pm at Satrosphere Science Centre.

The event is the last in the University’s Café Controversial series which aims to engage the public with topical scientific issues.

Dr MacCallum said: “We usually focus on the negatives when we think about war, but conflict and conditions on the battlefield have actually driven progress in a number of areas, particularly medicine and technology.  Advances in infection control, surgery and many scientific technologies may not actually have been made if wars had not occurred.”

The Café Controversial series is run by the Public Engagement with Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen in partnership with Satrosphere Science Centre.

The event is free to attend, all are welcome and there is no need to book.

The full programme of this and other Café series is available at www.engagingaberdeen.co.uk .

Cafe Controversial is supported by a science engagement grant from the Scottish Government.

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