SCOTTISH FLIGHT – From Theory to Space


Lord Smith of Kelvin Lecture 2017

Lord Smith of Kelvin Lecture is an annual lecture with a Scottish perspective on aviation and innovation topics delivered at the University of Strathclyde by noted Scots who have previously been the recipient of a Baird of Bute Society Scottish Award. It was established by the Society and the University to honour Lord Smith of Kelvin who is both Patron of the Society and Chancellor of the University.

Date: Thursday 7 September 2017

Venue: University of Strathclyde, McCance Building

Lecture 1: Scotland’s William Leitch: Space Rocket Scientist

Dr Eleanor Campbell FRSC FinstP FRSE FRS

Chair of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

Lecture 2: Scotland’s Contribution to Aviation and Aerospace

Dr Iain Gray CBE FRSE FREng

Director Aerospace, Cranfield University

Vice President, Royal Society of Edinburgh


5.30pm     Registration and Refreshments

6.00pm     Presentations

7.15pm     Networking Reception

8.00pm     Event Close

Baird of Bute Society Trust  recognises the achievements of Bute blacksmith, Andrew Blain Baird who, in 1910 recorded the “first attempted all Scottish heavier-than-air powered flight” in an aircraft of his own manufacture. The Society employs his example to inspire the youth of Scotland to aspire to achievement in their lives through awards and recognitions, school programmes, scholarships and the support of educational activities

Please register by Friday 1 September 2017:

Enquiries to or 0141 548 2245

Download Lord Smith Lecture Invitation

Author: I. Menzies

Senior Education Officer for Sciences, Education Scotland

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