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Event Organiser: ICE

Pitch 200, Edinburgh

  • Social
  • Edinburgh
  • 14 September 2018
  • 18:30 - 20:00
Pitch 200, Edinburgh

About this event

Join the BBC’s Ken MacDonald, stand up Elaine Malcolmson and engineers competing to explain what they do.

How can the bake off, Michael Jackson’s dance moves and IKEA furniture help us understand engineering? Civil engineers compete to explain the amazing things they do using the most unconventional methods possible – in only 200 seconds!

Help your friends and family understand how engineers transform lives and how cool what you do is.

Tickets are free but places limited so secure your place by booking online at the National Museum of Scotland. Doors open at 1815. The event takes place in the Auditorium which you should enter via Lothian Street.


Kenneth Macdonald

Ken MacDonald

Our MC is BBC Scotland's Special Correspondent. He reports regularly for Newsnight Scotland.

Having somehow escaped academe with a law degree, he started in journalism as a cub reporter on local newspapers in Fife and got his first broadcasting experience as a newsman for radio stations in Ayr and Dundee. Among the stories he has covered in his BBC career are Piper Alpha, Dunblane and the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. He has also reported on major political events such as the general election landslide of 1997, four US Presidential elections and the opening of the Scottish Parliament.

His proudest Newsnight Scotland moment was exclusively predicting problems with the Holyrood election in 2007 and winning a Scottish BAFTA for the coverage which followed the fiasco.

In such spare time as he has, Ken enjoys music, reading and theatre. He suffers from St Mirren FC.

Elaine Malcolmson

Elaine Malcolmson

Northern Ireland born Elaine has lived in Glasgow for over 10 years – she’s the first to admit you’ll be lucky to understand a word she says! She has appeared at the Big Tickle Comedy Festival in Derry, Merchant City Festival in Glasgow, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Elaine gigs all over the UK including regular appearances at the Stand comedy clubs, and made her international comedy debut at New York Comedy Festival in November 2012. She has written for and performed in various sketch groups including the Stockholm Syndrome and Alchemy (Brown Eyed Boy productions).

Elaine was nominated for a Scottish Variety Award in 2010 and has also written for various BBC Radio channels. She has also been known to act, “Elaine Malcolmson’s beautifully macabre performance” Skinny.


Event venue

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1JF
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lynn Dow

e: [email protected]