The Experimentarium

The Experimentarium returns for Science Festival 2018, packed full of weird, wonderful and cutting edge science.

The Experimentarium

About The Experimentarium

The Experimentarium returns for Science Festival 2018, packed full of weird, wonderful and cutting edge science. Step into an amazing laboratory zone filled with hands-on activities and interactives for all ages. Browse indivdual event listings below or find out more at sciencefestival.co.uk.

All Ages

Experimentarium: 21st Century Brain
Your brain is the most complex structure in the Universe, responsible for everything you think, feel, say and do. But what happens if it goes wrong? Join Alzheimer’s Research UK to explore this incredible organ and find out how it is affected in dementia, with a range of creative activities, virtual reality experiences and challenging brain games.
Alzheimer's Research UK

Experimentarium: Creating Communication
Language exists in every human society, and no other species communicates in such a complex way. How and why are we the only species that speaks? Learn how experimental games can shed light on how human language evolved. Play a simple cell trying evolve, shape a new language in virtual reality, or gesture your way to meaningful communication.
University of Edinburgh

Zone
Join Food Standards Scotland in The Experimentarium for an interactive journey to explore the foods you eat, and to discover how the foods you choose to consume may affect your health and wellbeing in current and later life. Journey through our kitchen crime scene to explore the most common ‘kitchen crimes’ and see how bacteria can grow and spread through human connection.
Presented by Food Standards Scotland

Experimentarium: Our Outdoors – How Healthy are Public Outdoor Spaces?
Good quality outdoor spaces are important for health and wellbeing. However, there is still a lot we don’t know about who benefits from these spaces and why. Come get creative by building and becoming immersed in outdoor spaces. Become a citizen scientist and engage in learning about how the outdoor environments in which we share and spend time can impact our health.
Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) at University of Edinburgh

Experimentarium: Robot-assisted surgery
Discover how robot assistants can help you perform keyhole surgery! You'll find demonstrations and explanations to help you find out about what it feels like to be a surgeon. You'll even have the chance to try out the laparoscopy training box, watching how robots can help make moving surgical instruments more accurate and precise.
Heriot-Watt University

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for The Experimentarium are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Other Events at Summerhall or Edinburgh Science Festival

Dreams of the Small Gods

Dreams of the Small Gods

22nd March 2019 - 23rd March 2019
Dreams of the Small Gods blends aerial circus, masked ritual and performance art to tell the story of the awakening of the Wild Woman and her meeting with a horned creature from the otherworld.
Utopias Exhibition (6th Syn Festival Edinburgh)

Utopias Exhibition (6th Syn Festival Edinburgh)

22nd March 2019 - 4th April 2019
Come along to the Utopias Exhibition, part of Syn Festival Edinburgh, from 22nd March until 4th April at the Upper Church in Summerhall!
Short Film Screenings (6th Syn Festival)

Short Film Screenings (6th Syn Festival)

23rd March 2019
Syn Festival Edinburgh hosts the International Short Film Festival in Drama and Utopias Short Film Screening on 23rd March at Summerhall.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

26th March 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
Feel the Vibes - Band Night (6th Syn Festival Edinburgh)

Feel the Vibes - Band Night (6th Syn Festival Edinburgh)

30th March 2019
Join us at Summerhall on 30th March for a celebration of the Edinburgh music scene! Seven bands, talented musicians, amazing music of all kinds as part of Syn Festival Edinburgh!
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

2nd April 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
City Art Centre Day Pass

City Art Centre Day Pass

6th April 2019 - 21st April 2019
During the Science Festival we transform the City Art Centre into a science playground with loads of activities.
Virtual Worlds

Virtual Worlds

6th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
Warning – for intrepid explorers only! Transport yourself to another world through one of our fantastic virtual reality headsets!
ER Surgery

ER Surgery

6th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
Paging all surgeons to the emergency room – we need all hands on deck! Scrub up in the ER and help diagnose your 'patient', before performing life-saving surgery on the knee, abdomen and brain.
Dome Nights

Dome Nights

6th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
Sit back and relax for this 360° cinematic experience as Dynamic Earth brings you three different immersive dome films this April!
Blood Bar

Blood Bar

6th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
Pull up a chair in our Blood Bar and be prepared for things to get gory as you have a go at making your own scabs, mix up a gooey blood clot and even touch a real heart!
Mars Master Constructors

Mars Master Constructors

6th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
Humanity's first Mars colony needs your help! Help out building pods, buildings, labs and anything else you decide is important.
Easter Trail

Easter Trail

6th April 2019 - 21st April 2019
Join the Botanics Bunny on a quest to explore new frontiers in our family Easter Trail! Complete the trail and receive your yummy Easter treat.
Food Forever

Food Forever

6th April 2019 - 21st April 2019
A new travelling exhibition celebrates the role of agricultural biodiversity in building resilience in a changing world.
Wee Wonder World

Wee Wonder World

6th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
Have fun learning about science as you journey through our special space for smaller scientists.
Science Mini Cinema

Science Mini Cinema

6th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
Science Mini Cinema screens a series of short films from around the world, sit down, relax and enjoy!
Tetracolours

Tetracolours

6th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
Discover a world of new shapes, blend them together to stretch your imagination and create anything you can think of!
#LitterCUBES

#LitterCUBES

6th April 2019 - 10th April 2019
Watch artist Julia Barton as she constructs her thought-provoking #LitterCUBES from litter collected on local beaches.
Zoom Box

Zoom Box

6th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
Create your own Zoom Box and pair it up with your smartphone camera to create a super strong microscope for you to take home.
Robo Constructors

Robo Constructors

6th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
Become a mini-robot engineer in this fun, fast-paced workshop, and create your own wacky and useful robots!
Science is Beautiful

Science is Beautiful

7th April 2019
Join Colin Salter, author of Science is Beautiful: Botanical Life and botanist Dr Louis Ronse De Craene for a journey into the inner workings of plants!
Science Festival Church Service

Science Festival Church Service

7th April 2019
Come along to the annual church service celebrating Edinburgh International Science Festival at St Giles' Cathedral on Sunday 7th April.
A Very Short introduction to.....

A Very Short introduction to.....

8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
Check out these 'A Very Short introduction to..' daily discussions at Cabaret Bar, Pleasance on a variety of subjects!
The 1902 Great Scottish Antarctic Expedition

The 1902 Great Scottish Antarctic Expedition

8th April 2019
In 1902 a team of young explorers set off from Riddle's Court to map the Antarctic. Join us in the very rooms in which they met as we travel back in time to help address the challenges they faced.
Diet: Design and Diversify

Diet: Design and Diversify

9th April 2019
Join scientists from nutrition and health research centre the Rowett Institute and statisticial research organisation BioSS as they help you understand healthy diets!
SCRAPbook: Fight Ocean Plastics From the Skies

SCRAPbook: Fight Ocean Plastics From the Skies

9th April 2019 - 10th April 2019
Find out about the SCRAPbook project and meet pilots who are joining the fight against plastic pollution and help classify different amounts of litter.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

9th April 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
The Zoom Club: Animation Lab

The Zoom Club: Animation Lab

10th April 2019
Calling all animation adventurers! Pack your wackiest ideas and delve into your imagination in the awesome Animation Lab!
Tenement Town

Tenement Town

10th April 2019 - 16th April 2019
Survey the amazing structures of the tenements of Edinburgh's Old Town and build your own tenement model to join our tenement town!
Wild Frontier

Wild Frontier

11th April 2019
Join botanist Dr Tiina Sarkinen on the wild frontier of food that is bringing botanists and crop scientists together in pursuit of sustainable farming solutions based on biology rather than chemistry.
The Cities of the Future

The Cities of the Future

11th April 2019
Join a panel of experts, including Planning Aid Scotland (PAS), academics, engineers and technology experts to explore what lies ahead for humanity.
Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS

Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS

11th April 2019
Play with some real and virtual underwater robots, get hands-on with watery experiments and investigate biodiversity in the deep.
The Volcanoes that Rocked Edinburgh

The Volcanoes that Rocked Edinburgh

12th April 2019
Explore the volcanic eruptions that rocked Edinburgh and helped shape the landscape we see today with expert geologist Angus Miller!
The Zoom Club: Animation Lab

The Zoom Club: Animation Lab

12th April 2019
Calling all animation adventurers! Pack your wackiest ideas and delve into your imagination in the awesome Animation Lab!
Frankenstein’s Plants

Frankenstein’s Plants

12th April 2019 - 14th April 2019
Join the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh science team, create a completely unique specimen from the pressed plants provided and upload it to a digital herbarium.
Shore: How We See the Sea Exhibition

Shore: How We See the Sea Exhibition

12th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
A touring exhibition of new work from Scotland-based filmmakers Margaret Salmon and Ed Webb-Ingall that aims to inspire, explore and share coastal communities' responses to Marine Protected Areas.
Call of Nature

Call of Nature

12th April 2019
The Institute of Eggsperts needs you and it might get muddy! A playful performance that puts young explorers in the driving seat using character clowning, improvisation, puppetry and adventure.
The Volcanoes that Rocked Edinburgh

The Volcanoes that Rocked Edinburgh

14th April 2019
Explore the volcanic eruptions that rocked Edinburgh and helped shape the landscape we see today with expert geologist Angus Miller!
Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS

Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS

14th April 2019
Play with some real and virtual underwater robots, get hands-on with watery experiments and investigate biodiversity in the deep.
Tam Dalyell Prize Lecture

Tam Dalyell Prize Lecture

14th April 2019
This year's prize is awarded to Dr Steve Brusatte, Reader in Vertebrate Palaeontology. Dr Brusatte and his team will share highlights of their dinosaur research.
Dinner with Darwin

Dinner with Darwin

14th April 2019
How did evolution change our eating habits and why do we now cook our food? Evolutionary ecologist Prof Jonathan Silvertown provides the answer to this and other digestive puzzles.
Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS

Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS

15th April 2019
Play with some real and virtual underwater robots, get hands-on with watery experiments and investigate biodiversity in the deep.
Further, Faster, Higher

Further, Faster, Higher

15th April 2019 - 22nd April 2019
From Concorde to the R.34 airship, discover the science behind the pioneering aircraft in the museum through a technical challenge, family trail and craft activities.
Delving into Deep Earth, Exploring our Final Frontier

Delving into Deep Earth, Exploring our Final Frontier

16th April 2019
Discover the uses of different types of rocks and minerals, how the Earth is constantly moving and even make your own earthquakes!
Communicating the Hidden Commons

Communicating the Hidden Commons

16th April 2019
BBC's The Power of the Planet presenter Prof Iain Stewart explores the challenges of understanding the underground and managing it more sustainably.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

16th April 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
The Zoom Club: Animation Lab

The Zoom Club: Animation Lab

17th April 2019
Calling all animation adventurers! Pack your wackiest ideas and delve into your imagination in the awesome Animation Lab!
The 1902 Great Scottish Antarctic Expedition

The 1902 Great Scottish Antarctic Expedition

17th April 2019
In 1902 a team of young explorers set off from Riddle's Court to map the Antarctic. Join us in the very rooms in which they met as we travel back in time to help address the challenges they faced.
Revealing Scotland’s Cold-Water Coral Reef

Revealing Scotland’s Cold-Water Coral Reef

17th April 2019
Did you know that Scotland has its own coral reefs? Scientists from the University of Edinburgh will help you learn more about these amazing reefs with a selection of interactive, sensory activities.
Sourcing Healthy Food as the World Changes

Sourcing Healthy Food as the World Changes

18th April 2019
Prof Bill Davies explores the hard decisions we need to make, and how plant science provides opportunities to create the kind of world we want to live in.
Wildlife and Soils That Call Scotland Home

Wildlife and Soils That Call Scotland Home

18th April 2019
Come and meet scientists from the RSPB and James Hutton Institute to delve into the soils and wildlife of Scotland's farmland, then try your hand at birdcake making, potato sorting and soil sampling.
Revealing Scotland’s Cold-Water Coral Reef

Revealing Scotland’s Cold-Water Coral Reef

19th April 2019
Did you know that Scotland has its own coral reefs? Scientists from the University of Edinburgh will help you learn more about these amazing reefs with a selection of interactive, sensory activities.
The Zoom Club: Animation Lab

The Zoom Club: Animation Lab

19th April 2019
Calling all animation adventurers! Pack your wackiest ideas and delve into your imagination in the awesome Animation Lab!
Aliens of the Deep

Aliens of the Deep

20th April 2019 - 21st April 2019
Find out more about deep-sea animals and the adaptations that help them survive in the depths then get creative and design your own 'alien of the deep'.
Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS

Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS

20th April 2019
Play with some real and virtual underwater robots, get hands-on with watery experiments and investigate biodiversity in the deep.
Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS

Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS

21st April 2019
Play with some real and virtual underwater robots, get hands-on with watery experiments and investigate biodiversity in the deep.
Apple of My Eye

Apple of My Eye

21st April 2019
Geneticist Dr Markus Ruhsam explores the genetics of one of our most popular healthy snacks – the apple – and shares evidence that it poses a threat to the native crab apple.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

23rd April 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
Cinema on Sunday at Summerhall: In Bed with Victoria

Cinema on Sunday at Summerhall: In Bed with Victoria

28th April 2019
In Bed with Victoria is an amusing contemporary romp about a single mother whose personal and professional life are as volatile as an active volcano.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

30th April 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
Cinema on Sunday at Summerhall: Me, Myself and Mum

Cinema on Sunday at Summerhall: Me, Myself and Mum

5th May 2019
A cheerful, comic confessional about French screen and theatre star Guillaume Gallienne’s upbringing, his relations with his mother, and his eventual embracing of his inner heterosexual.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

7th May 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

14th May 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
Death Cafe - Edinburgh

Death Cafe - Edinburgh

18th May 2019
Come along to Death Cafe Edinburgh for an open, honest and relaxed group discussion about death and dying- over cake and a cuppa!
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

21st May 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
Cinema on Sunday at Summerhall: Welcome

Cinema on Sunday at Summerhall: Welcome

26th May 2019
Welcome is an ode to the abandoned immigrants trapped on the shores of Calais and the good Samaritans who take risks to help them. Unanimously critically acclaimed and the recipient of many awards.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

28th May 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
Edinburgh Juniper Festival

Edinburgh Juniper Festival

31st May 2019 - 2nd June 2019
The Juniper Festival, 'Scotland’s Best Gin Fest', returns to Summerhall for its sixth consecutive year from 31st May to 2nd June.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

4th June 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

11th June 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

18th June 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
Cinema on Sunday at Summerhall: That Man From Rio

Cinema on Sunday at Summerhall: That Man From Rio

23rd June 2019
Philippe de Broca rose to international success with this tongue-in-cheek adventure tale That Man from Rio, a spoof of 007-like heroics.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

25th June 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

2nd July 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

9th July 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!
Cinema on Sunday at Summerhall: The Mafia Kills Only in Summer

Cinema on Sunday at Summerhall: The Mafia Kills Only in Summer

14th July 2019
Inspired by real events, this is a black comedy about 20 years of history of Sicily from 1970s to 1990s, mocking Mafia Bosses and restoring the generosity of the heroes of Antimafia.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

16th July 2019
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at The Ceilidh Club in Summerhall!

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Exhibition: On Step-Motherhood
Exhibition: On Step-Motherhood
20th Mar 2019 - 13th Apr 2019
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
Through images and testimonies photographer Vaida Nairn explores motherhood in non-traditional nuclear families in this exhibition at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Edinburgh Yarn Festival
Edinburgh Yarn Festival
21st Mar 2019 - 23rd Mar 2019
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Edinburgh West
The UK's Premier specialist Hand-Knitting Event 'Edinburgh Yarn Festival' returns to Edinburgh Corn Exchange from 21st to 23rd March.
Utopias Exhibition (6th Syn Festival Edinburgh)
Utopias Exhibition (6th Syn Festival Edinburgh)
22nd Mar 2019 - 4th Apr 2019
Summerhall, Edinburgh South
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In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story
20th March 2019
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Hear how Alice Meredith Williams made a most significant contribution to the Scottish National War Memorial.
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Edinburgh Yarn Festival
21st Mar 2019 - 23rd Mar 2019
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Edinburgh West
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In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story
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21st March 2019
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Easter Eggcitement
30th Mar 2019 - 22nd Apr 2019
Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Livingston
Meet the new arrivals this Easter school break at Almond Valley Heritage Centre handling and encounter sessions!
ER Surgery
ER Surgery
6th Apr 2019 - 20th Apr 2019
City Art Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
Paging all surgeons to the emergency room – we need all hands on deck! Scrub up in the ER and help diagnose your 'patient', before performing life-saving surgery on the knee, abdomen and brain.
City Art Centre Day Pass
City Art Centre Day Pass
6th Apr 2019 - 21st Apr 2019
City Art Centre, Edinburgh Old Town
During the Science Festival we transform the City Art Centre into a science playground with loads of activities.
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Family and Kids Events you might like...

The Bohemians present The Wedding Singer
The Bohemians present The Wedding Singer
20th Mar 2019 - 23rd Mar 2019
Kings Theatre Edinburgh, Edinburgh South
The Bohemians, one of the best amateur companies in the capital, present The Wedding Singer at the King's Theatre in March.
Garden of Fiery Delights at Roslin Glen
Garden of Fiery Delights at Roslin Glen
20th Mar 2019 - 24th Mar 2019
Roslin Glen Country Park, Roslin
Join Scotland’s Celtic fire performers PyroCeltica and explore Roslin Glen by Nightfall like never before! A wonderful evening of performances, music, circus and lots of Fire.
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story
20th March 2019
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Old Town
Hear how Alice Meredith Williams made a most significant contribution to the Scottish National War Memorial.
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