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 International Science Festival

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

22nd May 2018
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at Summerhall.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

29th May 2018
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at Summerhall.
Edinburgh Juniper Festival 2018

Edinburgh Juniper Festival 2018

1st June 2018 - 3rd June 2018
Scotland’s Best Gin Festival returns to Summerhall for its fifth consecutive year over the weekend of 1-3rd June.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

5th June 2018
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at Summerhall.
NEHH presents... Kris Drever

NEHH presents... Kris Drever

9th June 2018
Scottish songwriter Kris Drever (Lau) will perform a ‘best of’ set featuring all the key songs from his first decade and also some new material at Summerhall on 9th June.
Find - Grow - See - Microbiology Beginners Course

Find - Grow - See - Microbiology Beginners Course

12th June 2018
Experience the world of microorganisms living around us or even on us in this Microbiology Beginners Course with ASCUS.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

12th June 2018
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at Summerhall.
FestivALE

FestivALE

15th June 2018 - 16th June 2018
Join us in Summerhall's courtyard as FestivALE returns on 15th and 16th June with the best of what you know as well as things that you won't be able to get anywhere else!
Courtyard Ceilidh

Courtyard Ceilidh

17th June 2018
Join us at Summerhall for a fun Sunday afternoon on 17th June as our Courtyard Ceilidh returns featuring the Scott Leslie Band!
The Skids and Big Country

The Skids and Big Country

19th June 2018
Synergy Concerts presents two of Fife's most influential bands, The Skids and Big Country, at Summerhall on Tuesday 19th June.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

19th June 2018
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at Summerhall.
Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet

20th June 2018
Catch the Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet perform material from their forthcoming release, Art In The Age Of Automation, alongside back-catalogue favourites at Summerhall on 20th June.
NEHH presents... Idlewild - A Celebration of the Rip It Up Exhibition

NEHH presents... Idlewild - A Celebration of the Rip It Up Exhibition

21st June 2018
To celebrate the launch of National Museum of Scotland’s new exhibition, ‘Rip It Up’, NEHH presents Idlewild, PAWS & Man of Moon, as part of Southern Exposure.
EIFF: Retrospective LIVE! - Monterey Pop

EIFF: Retrospective LIVE! - Monterey Pop

22nd June 2018
Edinburgh International Film Festival & Summerhall Presents Retrospective LIVE! - A brilliant concert film of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
Budapest Café Orchestra

Budapest Café Orchestra

23rd June 2018
Catch the Budapest Café Orchestra when they return to Summerhall for their fifth appearance on 23rd June!
Rip It Up Festival

Rip It Up Festival

23rd June 2018
NEHH - Join us for a day of world-class music to celebrate the opening of National Museums Scotland’s flagship exhibition “Rip it Up”.
The Rezillos

The Rezillos

24th June 2018
Don't miss Edinburgh band The Rezillos live at Summerhall on Sunday 24th June as part of Southern Exposure.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

26th June 2018
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at Summerhall.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

3rd July 2018
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at Summerhall.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

10th July 2018
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at Summerhall.
The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

17th July 2018
Come and experience Scottish dance the way its meant to be every Tuesday at Summerhall.
And So I Watch You From Afar

And So I Watch You From Afar

8th August 2018
Synergy Concerts present Irish instrumental rock band And So I Watch You From Afar at Summerhall on 8th August.
NEHH presents... Mark Kozelek

NEHH presents... Mark Kozelek

14th October 2018
NEHH presents... Mark Kozelek, best known as the vocalist and primary recording artist of the indie folk act Sun Kil Moon, at Summerhall on 14th October.

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Fringe Schools Poster Competition Exhibition
Fringe Schools Poster Competition Exhibition
22nd May 2018 - 24th Aug 2018
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Old Town
The winning entries to the 2018 Fringe Schools Poster Competition will be on display at Dynamic Earth from 22nd May until 24th August.
Scottish Land Rover Show
Scottish Land Rover Show
26th May 2018 - 27th May 2018
Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh West
The Scottish Land Rover Show is back at the Royal Highland Centre in May with plenty for all ages to see and do.
Edinbrick 2018 - a LEGO Model Show
Edinbrick 2018 - a LEGO Model Show
26th May 2018
Potterrow, Edinburgh South
The Team who brought you Edinbrick in 2017 are back with a BIGGER, BETTER Edinbrick 2018 at the Potterrow Dome on 26th May.

Days Out Events you might like...

Big Kid Circus: Musselburgh
Big Kid Circus: Musselburgh
23rd May 2018 - 27th May 2018
Musselburgh
Roll Up, Roll Up! The Big Kid Circus is in town and it comes to Musselburgh from the 23rd to 27th May!
Hidden Door Festival 2018
Hidden Door Festival 2018
25th May 2018 - 3rd Jun 2018
Leith
Hidden Door returns to Leith, for 10 days and nights of live music, theatre, visual art, film, dance, spoken word, late-night DJs and special events.
Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival
Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival
25th May 2018 - 27th May 2018
The Biscuit Factory, Leith
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Bank Holiday Special
Bank Holiday Special
27th May 2018
The Stand Comedy Club Edinburgh, Edinburgh New Town
Celebrate the Bank Holiday in style with a night of top comedy at The Stand Comedy Club!
Walk, Talk, Make...
Walk, Talk, Make...
2nd June 2018
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh West
Walk, Talk, Make... an outdoor explorations in the grassy grounds of Modern One and Two. Wear wellies! Suitable for: Ages 2-5.
Holyrood Holiday Club: Holyrood Rocks!!
Holyrood Holiday Club: Holyrood Rocks!!
11th July 2018
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh East
Join a ranger and travel back in time 350 million years to discover the fascinating story behind the rocks of Holyrood Park.

Family and Kids Events you might like...

Fringe Schools Poster Competition Exhibition
Fringe Schools Poster Competition Exhibition
22nd May 2018 - 24th Aug 2018
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Old Town
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Better Mealtimes Parents Workshop
Better Mealtimes Parents Workshop
22nd May 2018
Turtle Dove Play Cafe, Edinburgh West
Would you like your child to enjoy eating a variety of food, and avoid mealtime battles? Then come along to this Food Monsters workshop at Turtle Dove Play Cafe!
Self-defence Classes for Teens!
Self-defence Classes for Teens!
22nd May 2018
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