- Historic Scotland and Young Scot are looking for nominations for "Heritage Heroes" who give their time to protect the nation's historic environment. The Young Scot Awards celebrate the achievements of people aged 11-26. Closing date for nominations is 26 February. See: www.youngscot.org.
- Work has begun on Scotland's Dark Sky Observatory, a state-of-the-art visitor attraction in Galloway Forest Park for budding astronomers. It is receiving pound;94k funding from the Scottish government and will be a resource for schools, colleges and universities.
- The Association for Science Education is using the Olympics as inspiration for its annual Scottish conference on 2-3 March. A keynote address will be made by Gillian Cooke, Scottish athlete, world champion bobsledder and Winter Olympian. Other activities will include ways to help children understand the link between body type and sporting achievement and sport science. E: email@example.com; www.asescotland.org.ukannual-conference.html
Hot for Burns
- A live broadcast last week by Scotland's Makar, Liz Lochhead, celebrating Robert Burns, can still be viewed on the Scottish Book Trust website. She read her favourite Burns' poetry and discussed the way she writes. The event was attended by pupils from Girvan Academy, Oban High, and High Mill Primary, Carluke. www.scottishbooktrust.comauthors-live- with-liz-lochhead
- Calum Ashcroft, an S6 pupil at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, has won first place in the Cassini "Scientist for a Day" competition (17-18 category). He wrote a 500-word essay arguing that the Cassini spacecraft should be used to study the unique weather phenomena on Saturn. He also recently won a place at the Scottish Space School residential programme to visit NASA.