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Edinburgh International Science Festival
About Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival, founded in 1989, is an educational charity that aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the world around them. We are best known for organising Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival: the world’s first celebration of science and technology and still one of Europe’s largest.

The two-week festival gives audiences amazing experiences through a diverse programme of innovative events. Alongside the annual festival in Edinburgh, the organisation has a strong focus on education and runs a touring programme that visits schools around Scotland throughout the year.

Edinburgh International Science Festival also operates a large-scale international programme of work. It regularly presents events overseas and is currently the Major Programming Partner of the annual Abu Dhabi Science Festival, helping to curate, produce and deliver the event. For international partners, the team at Edinburgh International Science Festival provides engaging content, curatorial advice on programming and business planning support, along with expert staff and training for local science communicators.

Upcoming Events

Science Festival Lates

Science Festival Lates

30 March 2017
Don't miss the chance to get hands-on and get your geek on; come join the party with Science Festival Lates!
Contemporary Connections: Art Exhibition Launch

Contemporary Connections: Art Exhibition Launch

31 March 2017
Join us for the launch of Contemporary Connections at Summerhall for Science Festival 2017.
Street Science

Street Science

01 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
Catch our Street Science team out and about in Edinburgh with their tricycle of tricks.
Poetry Periscope

Poetry Periscope

01 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
A poetical periscope packed with international verse! 
Wild Day Out

Wild Day Out

01 April 2017
Join the RSPB & Historic Environment Scotland for a wild day out exploring the rugged volcanic world of Holyrood Park.
ER Surgery

ER Surgery

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Emergency - emergency - there’s been an accident! This is your chance to scrub up and save lives.
Test Tube to YouTube

Test Tube to YouTube

01 April 2017
Ever wondered about the people and programs working behind the scenes to bring content to your news feed?
Little Giants

Little Giants

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Discover the wonderful world of bees in an interactive show that will leave you buzzing.
Heart Attack: Science’s Battle of the Sexes

Heart Attack: Science’s Battle of the Sexes

01 April 2017
Why is it harder to diagnose heart attack in women than in men?
Dig Up A Dinosaur

Dig Up A Dinosaur

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Uncover bones from when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth.
Our Changing Planet

Our Changing Planet

01 April 2017 - 05 April 2017
Discover how changes to our environment and increasing pollution on our planet affect the health of the people.
Contemporary Connections

Contemporary Connections

01 April 2017 - 12 May 2017
This exhibition celebrates some of the very special works created when artists and scientists get together.
Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery - Preview

Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery - Preview

01 April 2017 - 02 April 2017
This family friendly show for ages 5 + takes you on a journey through RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.
Chain Reactor

Chain Reactor

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
A bonkers machine of unstoppable reactions - revealing the wonders of chemistry in a procession of knock-on effects.
Dr Bunhead’s Rubbish Pop-Up Puppet Show

Dr Bunhead’s Rubbish Pop-Up Puppet Show

01 April 2017 - 02 April 2017
Meet some curious creatures amongst the things we throw away.
Marvellous Magnets

Marvellous Magnets

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Join our storytellers to explore the mysterious world of magnets.
Science Mini Cinema

Science Mini Cinema

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Our Science Mini Cinema screens a series of short films and documentaries from around the world, sit down and enjoy.
Flying For Fun

Flying For Fun

01 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
Explore the science of sport flying with a range of family activities at the National Museum of Flight this Easter!
Pop-Up Science at Edinburgh Zoo

Pop-Up Science at Edinburgh Zoo

01 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
Edinburgh Zoo are running pop-up science events on a variety of topics every day from 1-16 April aimed at families.
Game On!

Game On!

01 April 2017 - 04 April 2017
Explore the exciting world of video games, learn the basics and build your very own computer game!
Play On

Play On

01 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
An interactive exhibition exploring how digital technology affects the way we play.
City Art Centre Day Pass

City Art Centre Day Pass

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
During the Science Festival we transform the City Art Centre into a science playground with loads of activities.
Lichtsuchende - Cybernetic Sunflowers with Maslovian Behaviours

Lichtsuchende - Cybernetic Sunflowers with Maslovian Behaviours

01 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
An interactive - digital - photo-kinetic sculpture.
Dialogues: When Art Meets Technology

Dialogues: When Art Meets Technology

01 April 2017
Join the Play On artists to discuss how they made their pieces how we might play and interact with art in the future.
Blood Bar

Blood Bar

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Prepare to be grossed out at the Blood Bar.
City Farming

City Farming

01 April 2017
Join the city farming revolution and start your own windowsill vegetable patch.
Gadget Factory

Gadget Factory

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Investigate everyday gadgets and build your own in our mini Gadget Factory.
Dialogues: When Art Meets Science

Dialogues: When Art Meets Science

01 April 2017
What happens when art and science connect - when artists and scientists meet and collaborate?
Mini Mechanics

Mini Mechanics

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Become a mini mechanic and discover the power of the internal combustion engine in this fascinating workshop.
Look Inside Your Mind

Look Inside Your Mind

01 April 2017 - 05 April 2017
Learn how pathologists test something that's inside your head and invisible.
Family Story Time

Family Story Time

01 April 2017
Join the Wee Experts for an adventure as they set out to discover the wonderful world of science.
Splat-tastic

Splat-tastic

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Get creative with chemistry and design your very own slime in this interactive workshop.
Little Sparks

Little Sparks

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Get stuck into circuits and discover what electricity does, as you create an electric-powered device.
Primate Playground

Primate Playground

01 April 2017 - 06 April 2017
Discover how primates have adapted to help them live and play in this sensory science workshop for 3-5 year olds.
International Images for Science

International Images for Science

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
The Royal Photographic Society brings its exciting new exhibition to the Science Festival.
My Monkey and Me

My Monkey and Me

01 April 2017 - 06 April 2017
Bring your little ones for some sensory science, stories, songs & actions inspired by the Monkey Business exhibition.
Robot Lab

Robot Lab

01 April 2017 - 03 April 2017
Come and interact with robots from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics
Extreme Environments: Life at the Poles

Extreme Environments: Life at the Poles

01 April 2017
Become an explorer at Dynamic Earth and uncover a whole world of amazing experiences at Earth’s poles.
A Hidden Order

A Hidden Order

01 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
A Hidden Order - This exhibition at Summerhall reveals the bonds between art and music through geometry & mathematic.
Pop-up Science at the National Museum of Scotland

Pop-up Science at the National Museum of Scotland

01 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
Join the fun at the National Museum of Scotland's free Pop-up Science events this Easter!
Brexit: Boom or Bust for British Science?

Brexit: Boom or Bust for British Science?

01 April 2017
Join Dr Rob Davidson Executive Director, Scientists for EU, to explore the future of UK science post-Brexit.
Hide and Seek with Indi

Hide and Seek with Indi

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Hunt for monsters hiding around the building using the world's best video technology equipment.
Moments in Time

Moments in Time

01 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
Journey back in time to discover the moments that shaped Scotland’s scientific history.
Super Humans

Super Humans

01 April 2017
Explore how living with medical technology can affect your sense of who you are.
Mars Master Constructors

Mars Master Constructors

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Humanity’s first Mars Colony needs your help! 
The Conscious Uncoupling

The Conscious Uncoupling

01 April 2017
Award-winning comedian Rosie Wilby investigates the psychological impact of a breakup in this show.
Secret Life of Coral

Secret Life of Coral

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Find out what’s lurking underwater as you explore the Secret Life of Coral. 
Photochemistry

Photochemistry

01 April 2017 - 05 April 2017
Explore how chemists have moved from taking the first photographs to imaging the smallest particles of the Universe!
Edinburgh Medallist 2017: Peter Piot, Ebola and AIDS Scientist

Edinburgh Medallist 2017: Peter Piot, Ebola and AIDS Scientist

01 April 2017 - 01 May 2017
Come along to this exhibition to explore the life and work of Prof Peter Piot recipitent of the 2017 Edinburgh Medal.
Making with Life -  with Louise MacKenzie

Making with Life - with Louise MacKenzie

01 April 2017
Learn how DNA is used as material with Louise MacKenzie - one of the artists exhibiting at Summerhall Gallery.
Wee Wonder World

Wee Wonder World

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Have fun learning about science as you journey through our special space for smaller scientists.
Rescue Robots

Rescue Robots

01 April 2017 - 02 April 2017
Build a robot to complete an important mission and save the day.
Bricks and Blocks

Bricks and Blocks

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Build and program your own robot then test your skills in the Robot World Cup!
Carnival of the Mind

Carnival of the Mind

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Roll up - roll up and step inside the Carnival of the Mind to discover the secrets of your brain!
Leith Labs

Leith Labs

01 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Introducing the world's first long-term curated Scientist-in-Residence programme in a shopping centre!
Hospitals of the Future

Hospitals of the Future

02 April 2017
Learn how multi-disciplinary approaches are transforming our hospitals in incredible ways.
The Cradle of Humanity

The Cradle of Humanity

02 April 2017
Discover how East Africa became the cradle of humanity, giving rise to the brainy ape and allowing us to dominate.
Science Festival Church Service

Science Festival Church Service

02 April 2017
Come along to the annual church service celebrating Edinburgh International Science Festival at St Giles' Cathedral.
Zero to 5G: the science of mobile communication

Zero to 5G: the science of mobile communication

02 April 2017
Learn how mobile technology works and look forward to a 5G connected world.
Tea-Lightful! The Origins -  Science and Traditions of Tea

Tea-Lightful! The Origins - Science and Traditions of Tea

02 April 2017
Join us as we explore the origins - science and traditions of tea - from plant to cup
What Might Have Been: An Alternative History of Life on Earth

What Might Have Been: An Alternative History of Life on Earth

02 April 2017
Embark on a journey through 600 million years of animal life with fossil-hunter - zoologist and author Jules Howard.
The Art of Neuroscience

The Art of Neuroscience

02 April 2017
The artists awarded Creative Research Artist Fellowships by NHS Lothian’s Art & Therapeutic Design programme.
How much Medicine is too much?

How much Medicine is too much?

02 April 2017
A thought-provoking event exploring the challenges facing healthcare organisations.
Icy Worlds and the Challenges of Climate Change

Icy Worlds and the Challenges of Climate Change

02 April 2017 - 03 April 2017
Climate Change - What do these physical changes mean for the plants and animals that live in Earth's polar regions?
Nap Time

Nap Time

03 April 2017
Let Prof Richard Wiseman help you have the best nap of your life!
Predicting the Effects of Climate Change by 2100

Predicting the Effects of Climate Change by 2100

03 April 2017
What might life on earth might be like at the end of the century? Come along and discover the issues at hand.
Wearables That Snitch on Us

Wearables That Snitch on Us

03 April 2017
Wearable devices are increasingly helping us improve our daily lives but do they also tell others what we do?
Spark Cart Science

Spark Cart Science

03 April 2017
Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.
Cosmonaut

Cosmonaut

03 April 2017 - 05 April 2017
Cosmonaut tells three interlocking stories from the early space race in a play about history, conspiracy, and myth.
Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

03 April 2017
Discover hidden stories and explore fascinating phenomena from far away places and spaces through open-ended play.
Scientists Have Your Data!

Scientists Have Your Data!

03 April 2017
Scientists have your data and they want to use it. Come and decide what they can do with it.
Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

03 April 2017
A range of talks on science, reason and critical thinking - a different topic every night!
A Very Short introduction to.....

A Very Short introduction to.....

03 April 2017
Check out these 'A Very Short introduction to..' daily discussions at Summerhall on a variety of subjects!
A healthy philosophy: we need to talk about how we value our medicines

A healthy philosophy: we need to talk about how we value our medicines

03 April 2017
Join our panel of experts to examine how we can get value for money from our medicines.
Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery

Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery

04 April 2017 - 09 April 2017
Bring the family along to see 'Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery' a show for age 5+ at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.
MadLab SpaceFlag

MadLab SpaceFlag

04 April 2017
Join MadLab in this hands-on electronics workshop to build a SpaceFlag!
Dictionary for a New World

Dictionary for a New World

04 April 2017
Learn about cutting-edge research and discover how words change the physical structure of our brains.
Healthy Soil Healthy Food

Healthy Soil Healthy Food

04 April 2017 - 05 April 2017
Become a soil scientist and find out what makes a healthy soil.
Double Dome Nights

Double Dome Nights

04 April 2017
Settle back in a comfortable seat for a real full dome cinematic treat at Dynamic Earth, part of Science Festival.
Wild about Scotland Bus - City Centre

Wild about Scotland Bus - City Centre

04 April 2017 - 13 April 2017
Hop on board the Wild about Scotland bus to find out about Scottish wildlife and RZSS native conservation projects.
A Very Short introduction to.....

A Very Short introduction to.....

04 April 2017
Check out these 'A Very Short introduction to..' daily discussions at Summerhall on a variety of subjects!
Games: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Games: Just What the Doctor Ordered

04 April 2017
Join Prof Pam Kato to explore ground-breaking games in the treatment of disease.
Borders -  benefits and biomedicine: surveillance and social justice

Borders - benefits and biomedicine: surveillance and social justice

04 April 2017
Should we be concerned that data can be unfairly used to exclude those who are unable to speak up for themselves?
Surgical Sleuths

Surgical Sleuths

04 April 2017 - 12 April 2017
A hands-on workshop exploring the exciting world of medical diagnosis and surgical solutions.
Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

04 April 2017
A range of talks on science, reason and critical thinking - a different topic every night!
Dr Bunhead’s Eggcellent Eggsplosions

Dr Bunhead’s Eggcellent Eggsplosions

04 April 2017 - 07 April 2017
Join TV's favourite stunt scientist Dr Bunhead on this joy-ride through science mayhem.
The Fertility Computer

The Fertility Computer

04 April 2017
Explore the latest advances in reproductive technologies.
Identity!

Identity!

04 April 2017
Explore forensic techniques and discover how forensic investigators prove that evidence identifies an individual.
Spark Cart Science

Spark Cart Science

04 April 2017
Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.
Slime mould -  the pet you never knew you wanted!

Slime mould - the pet you never knew you wanted!

04 April 2017
Come and join us to explore the wonderful world of slime mould in this workshop!
Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley

04 April 2017 - 08 April 2017
Uncanny Valley - An interactive show for 8-12 year olds with a real 'live' robot at Festival Theatre Studio.
Creative Science – Polar Felting

Creative Science – Polar Felting

04 April 2017 - 06 April 2017
Make your very own Polar wildlife creation to take home with you in a highly multisensory and hands-on experience.
Spark Cart Science

Spark Cart Science

05 April 2017
Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.
Science in a post-truth world

Science in a post-truth world

05 April 2017
Science works on the sharing of facts and learning - how can this thrive in a world that no longer values knowledge?
Sex -  Lies and Brainscans

Sex - Lies and Brainscans

05 April 2017
Join us to examine functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and its applications in neuroscience.
Discovering the Unseen World

Discovering the Unseen World

05 April 2017
Discover the fascinating world of microscopic life in this workshop on 5th April.
Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

05 April 2017
A range of talks on science, reason and critical thinking - a different topic every night!
Girl in The Machine

Girl in The Machine

05 April 2017 - 22 April 2017
Traverse Theatre Company presents: Girl in The Machine - an exploration of technology in a world that’s falling apart.
The Art of Medical Imaging

The Art of Medical Imaging

05 April 2017
Explore how art, artists and movies have helped radiologists to visualise the human body.
GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

05 April 2017
Hear what happened when a research grant offered Thomas Thwaites a chance to take a holiday from being human!
A Very Short introduction to.....

A Very Short introduction to.....

05 April 2017
Check out these 'A Very Short introduction to..' daily discussions at Summerhall on a variety of subjects!
Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

05 April 2017
Discover hidden stories and explore fascinating phenomena from far away places and spaces through open-ended play.
Behind the Scenes of The Tomb

Behind the Scenes of The Tomb

05 April 2017
Learn how the conservation of the painted mummy shroud from the Egyptian tomb of Montsuef revealed an untold story.
Your phenomenal phone and what it says about your privacy

Your phenomenal phone and what it says about your privacy

05 April 2017
An exploration of what our mobiles give away about us and what happens to that information.
Sing and Dance in Space and Time with Mr Boom

Sing and Dance in Space and Time with Mr Boom

05 April 2017
Join Mr Boom on an amazing musical adventure through time and space!
Double Dome Nights

Double Dome Nights

05 April 2017
Settle back in a comfortable seat for a real full dome cinematic treat at Dynamic Earth, part of Science Festival.
Marty: Activate!

Marty: Activate!

05 April 2017 - 06 April 2017
Get your hands on Marty - the walking, dancing robot - and learn how robots work.
Stranger Than Fiction - The Panel Game

Stranger Than Fiction - The Panel Game

06 April 2017
Can you tell science-myth from science-fact? Sort the truth from the lies in this rip-roaring panel game.
A Picture of Health

A Picture of Health

06 April 2017 - 07 April 2017
A Picture of Health - Discover the science of farming for a healthier future.
Seeing Minds Online

Seeing Minds Online

06 April 2017 - 10 April 2017
Join us to see if you can tell the difference between a human and a chat-bot!
Fashionable Diseases: Syphilis -  Consumption and Gout

Fashionable Diseases: Syphilis - Consumption and Gout

06 April 2017 - 08 April 2017
Learn how shameful diseases like syphilis, gout and consumption became the height of fashion.
Ensonglopedia of Science

Ensonglopedia of Science

06 April 2017
Join multi-award-winning writer and performer John Hinton for his brand new peer reviewed show at Summerhall.
Isaac’s Eye

Isaac’s Eye

06 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
A contemporary play that looks into the life of a young Isaac Newton.
Who will scam us next -  and how?

Who will scam us next - and how?

06 April 2017
Uncover the ways that scammers can gain access to our money, data and passwords.
Food Expiry Dates: what to believe?

Food Expiry Dates: what to believe?

06 April 2017
Should we believe the dates on food labels and what can technology do to help us avoid waste?
Unlocking the Gamer

Unlocking the Gamer

06 April 2017
Learn how designers create games with the player in mind and find out more about your virtual self.
Spark Cart Science

Spark Cart Science

06 April 2017
Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.
Maths: Connecting Our World

Maths: Connecting Our World

06 April 2017 - 10 April 2017
Find out how maths can stop disease spreading, enable computers to talk to each other and help find the fastes routes.
Double Dome Nights

Double Dome Nights

06 April 2017
Settle back in a comfortable seat for a real full dome cinematic treat at Dynamic Earth, part of Science Festival.
The ARUP Lecture: Rethinking the Shades of Night

The ARUP Lecture: Rethinking the Shades of Night

06 April 2017
Explore the notion of the 24-hour city and how lighting can shape sustainable cities that are more enjoyable & safer.
Greening the developing world

Greening the developing world

06 April 2017
Investigate the importance of clean tech and renewable energy provisions in helping developing economies grow.
How Beer Made Science History

How Beer Made Science History

06 April 2017
Learn how brewing science changed the world at this after dark peak behind the scenes at Summerhall brewery.
A Number

A Number

06 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Bernard always thought he was an only child – but at the age of 35 he learns the chilling truth!
Smart Soft Stuff

Smart Soft Stuff

06 April 2017 - 07 April 2017
Meet researchers who work on smart squishy materials in this workshop for age 8+.
Bio-Discoveries

Bio-Discoveries

06 April 2017 - 10 April 2017
What new things have a team of biologists discovered over the past year about animals, plants and other living things.
A Very Short introduction to.....

A Very Short introduction to.....

06 April 2017
Check out these 'A Very Short introduction to..' daily discussions at Summerhall on a variety of subjects!
The rise of e-democracy

The rise of e-democracy

06 April 2017
What will the role of modern technologies and communication methods be in the future of politics.
Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

06 April 2017
A range of talks on science, reason and critical thinking - a different topic every night!
Future Vehicle Showcase

Future Vehicle Showcase

07 April 2017
Join us for a unique open day, showcasing a variety of electric low carbon vehicles and technologies on the market.
Party On

Party On

07 April 2017
Get playful with exclusive adults-only access to our brand new Play On exhibition accompanied by live music.
Disrupting the food chain

Disrupting the food chain

07 April 2017
New technologies are being used to disrupt the food chain, but are they making our food systems better?
Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

07 April 2017
Discover hidden stories and explore fascinating phenomena from far away places and spaces through open-ended play.
Exploring The Invisible -  with Simon Park

Exploring The Invisible - with Simon Park

07 April 2017
Explore the hidden world by directly surveying the urban microbiology of Edinburgh in an alfresco and mobile workshop.
A Very Short introduction to.....

A Very Short introduction to.....

07 April 2017
Check out these 'A Very Short introduction to..' daily discussions at Summerhall on a variety of subjects!
Extreme Environments: Life at the Poles

Extreme Environments: Life at the Poles

07 April 2017
Become an explorer at Dynamic Earth and uncover a whole world of amazing experiences at Earth’s poles.
Virtual Reality Worlds – Meet the Experts

Virtual Reality Worlds – Meet the Experts

07 April 2017
Come along to Dynamic Earth and meet scientists developing a new kind of virtual reality technology.
Bike Powered Cinema

Bike Powered Cinema

07 April 2017
Join us for a pedal-powered film screening of the award-winning documentary Just Eat It and panel discussion.
A death online

A death online

07 April 2017
Today most of us have a data rich online life, but happens to your data when you die?
Reflections on Time

Reflections on Time

07 April 2017
Join Raymond Tallis to explore concepts of time.
Spark Cart Science

Spark Cart Science

07 April 2017
Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.
Music Producer Workshop

Music Producer Workshop

07 April 2017
Write and publish your own music using the latest technology in this workshop for Age 8+.
The Burger Evolution

The Burger Evolution

07 April 2017
Join us at our pop-up burger bar to taste the past, present and future of this classic and much-loved sandwich.
TV in a connected culture

TV in a connected culture

07 April 2017
Is binge watching bad for you? Join our panel of experts as they explore the changes in our sofa-based habits.
Family Story Time

Family Story Time

07 April 2017
Join the Wee Experts for an adventure as they set out to discover the wonderful world of science.
Why we play

Why we play

08 April 2017
Explore the real meaning of play and discover how technology is changing the way we play.
Constable’s Clouds

Constable’s Clouds

08 April 2017
Join the Scottish National Gallery and Eureka Edinburgh for a special hands-on science-art workshop for ages 4+.
Chimps on Trial

Chimps on Trial

08 April 2017
Join primatologist Lewis Dean to examine what we know about the mental abilities of our closest evolutionary cousins.
Your Robot Roommate

Your Robot Roommate

08 April 2017
Discover a possible future where robots and humans live happily together.
Can computers be creative?

Can computers be creative?

08 April 2017
Join us for a discussion on the potential of computers to be creative.
Catching the Travel Bug

Catching the Travel Bug

08 April 2017
As our world becomes more connected, the spread of disease and viruses becomes more of an issue. What can be done?
How to Sustain: Sustainability and its Societal Implications

How to Sustain: Sustainability and its Societal Implications

08 April 2017
A reflection on our understanding of sustainability across ecology, economics, politics and culture.
Gardening the Earth

Gardening the Earth

08 April 2017 - 09 April 2017
Take the food plant ID challenge and find out how food production could become more environmentally friendly.
Online Identity

Online Identity

08 April 2017
Join psychologist Dr Aleks Krotoski in conversation with writer and musician Pat Kane as they discuss online identity.
Rock Doctors to the Rescue: Meet the Experts Outdoor Walk

Rock Doctors to the Rescue: Meet the Experts Outdoor Walk

08 April 2017
Get your ticket for a 2.5km guided outdoor walk exploring the geology that makes carbon capture & storage possible.
The Biophilia Education Project

The Biophilia Education Project

08 April 2017 - 10 April 2017
Learn about music and science and push your creative boundaries using new technologies.
The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas - Climate Change in a Connected World

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas - Climate Change in a Connected World

08 April 2017
Academics, activists and comedians pitch their visions of the future in an increasingly connected world.
Augmented Reality (AR) Workshop

Augmented Reality (AR) Workshop

08 April 2017
Welcome to the magic of augmented reality (AR) taking real-world items & enhancing them with computer generated image.
From page to reality: Sci-fi meets modern life

From page to reality: Sci-fi meets modern life

08 April 2017
Join us to explore the symbiotic relationship between science and fiction.
The Right to be Forgotten

The Right to be Forgotten

08 April 2017
Is anything ever forgotten online? Join us to explore the legal, technical and personal issues.
Drawing the Mind  with Jemma Pilcher,  Ana Rondelli and Anna Mickelsone

Drawing the Mind with Jemma Pilcher, Ana Rondelli and Anna Mickelsone

08 April 2017
Explore what we know about the inner workings of the brain.
A Stone’s Throw

A Stone’s Throw

08 April 2017 - 09 April 2017
A Stone’s Throw is an intriguing modern day fairy-tale. Watch it at Summerhall as part of Edinburgh Science Festival.
Death of the Paperback

Death of the Paperback

08 April 2017
As technology advances will the paperback die out? Come along to this interactive event at Summerhall.
Distilling Live! - Sold Out

Distilling Live! - Sold Out

08 April 2017
Join us for a live gin distillation event with Edinburgh Gin!
Raspberry Pi Robots: Spy Challenge

Raspberry Pi Robots: Spy Challenge

08 April 2017
Learn how to program a hydrogen-powered robot using Raspberry Pi and Scratch then send it off on a mission.
A technophobe’s guide to disconnecting

A technophobe’s guide to disconnecting

08 April 2017
What would it take to live your life without the use of technology?
Forensic Fact meets Forensic Fiction

Forensic Fact meets Forensic Fiction

09 April 2017
Join Lin Anderson and Prof. Lorna Dawson for a unique event - Forensic Fact meets Forensic Fiction at Summerhall.
Siccar Point: the abyss of time

Siccar Point: the abyss of time

09 April 2017
Visit Siccar Point - James Hutton's most important discovery in his search for evidence of deep time.
The Ethical Carnivore -  My Year of Killing to Eat

The Ethical Carnivore - My Year of Killing to Eat

09 April 2017
Louise Gray talks about her year-long adventure eating only meat she had killed herself.
Restoring and Preserving Natures Beauty. The Art of Taxidermy -  with Fiona Dean

Restoring and Preserving Natures Beauty. The Art of Taxidermy - with Fiona Dean

09 April 2017
Join artist Fiona Dean as she gives a live demonstration and talks through the process of bird taxidermy.
Constable’s Clouds

Constable’s Clouds

09 April 2017
Join the Scottish National Gallery and Eureka Edinburgh for a special hands-on science-art workshop for ages 4+.
Conductive DJ

Conductive DJ

09 April 2017
Learn to re-mix and create music using MaKey MaKey and anything that conducts electricty.
Blockchain technology: A Secure Solution

Blockchain technology: A Secure Solution

09 April 2017
Can blockchains, the technology that made bitcoin transactions possible, be put to use in many other capacities?
The Particle Zoo

The Particle Zoo

09 April 2017
Explore the weirdness of the subatomic world with experimental particle physicist Dr Gavin Hesketh.
Exploring the Influence of D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson

Exploring the Influence of D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson

09 April 2017
Explore the impact on science and art of Scottish zoologist D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson.
Digital Smells in a Digital Future

Digital Smells in a Digital Future

09 April 2017
Learn why it's so challenging to send digital smells!
Morality out of money

Morality out of money

09 April 2017
Discover how money has been central in establishing some of the moral principles at the heart of western culture.
Extreme Environments: Life at the Poles

Extreme Environments: Life at the Poles

09 April 2017
Become an explorer at Dynamic Earth and uncover a whole world of amazing experiences at Earth’s poles.
Spark Cart Science

Spark Cart Science

10 April 2017
Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.
Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

10 April 2017
Discover hidden stories and explore fascinating phenomena from far away places and spaces through open-ended play.
Scotland’s Seagrass Meadows

Scotland’s Seagrass Meadows

10 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Explore the wonder of Scotland's seagrass meadows.
Seeing Speech -  Hearing Tongues

Seeing Speech - Hearing Tongues

10 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
A phonetic science interactive workshop to let you see how your own tongue moves inside your mouth when you speak.
RFID Treasure Hunt Challenge

RFID Treasure Hunt Challenge

10 April 2017
Learn about RFID tagging in an exciting two part challenge.
Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

10 April 2017
A range of talks on science, reason and critical thinking - a different topic every night!
Why is life so complicated? Can my computer help?

Why is life so complicated? Can my computer help?

10 April 2017
Explore the power of complex computer simulations and discover how they could help sort out our complex lives.
Food Discovery Zone: Food Safety -  Nutrition and You!

Food Discovery Zone: Food Safety - Nutrition and You!

10 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Join us on an interactive journey to explore the foods you eat and how they may affect your health and wellbeing!
Large Honeybee Collider

Large Honeybee Collider

10 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Learn all about the past and future of the humble honeybee in this interactive exhibition.
What is Wellness? The Pursuit of Eating Clean

What is Wellness? The Pursuit of Eating Clean

10 April 2017
Learn the true impact of our pursuit for wellness.
A Very Short introduction to.....

A Very Short introduction to.....

10 April 2017
Check out these 'A Very Short introduction to..' daily discussions at Summerhall on a variety of subjects!
Superhero Science Show

Superhero Science Show

10 April 2017 - 11 April 2017
This live show packed full of experiments explores how real objects from the Museum have given us all super powers.
Extreme Environments: Life at the Poles

Extreme Environments: Life at the Poles

10 April 2017
Become an explorer at Dynamic Earth and uncover a whole world of amazing experiences at Earth’s poles.
Faslane

Faslane

10 April 2017 - 11 April 2017
Jenna Watt navigates her own journey through the politics, protests and peace camps of the nuclear debate.
How do rivers work?

How do rivers work?

10 April 2017 - 12 April 2017
Learn about the geomorphology of rivers and find out about current river restoration work happening in Scotland.
Pop-up Lab: What’s it like to be a heart scientist?

Pop-up Lab: What’s it like to be a heart scientist?

10 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Step into our pop-up laboratory and experience what it’s like to be a life-saving heart scientist.
Vets -  Pets and Datasets

Vets - Pets and Datasets

10 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Try your hand at being a vet and learn how data from SAVSNET help animal welfare.
Edinburgh Medal Address: Are we ready for the next epidemic?

Edinburgh Medal Address: Are we ready for the next epidemic?

10 April 2017
Join distinguished microbiologist Professor Peter Piot for this year’s Edinburgh Medal address.
The Experimentarium

The Experimentarium

10 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Come and explore our Experimentarium -  a brand new space for Science Festival 2017 that’s packed fu
Low Impact Meal

Low Impact Meal

10 April 2017
Discover how we can eat a more sustainable diet as you enjoy a three course taster menu.
Harvesting for Health

Harvesting for Health

10 April 2017 - 11 April 2017
Discover what foods are good for your heart, gut and the environment.
AI-Powered Healthcare

AI-Powered Healthcare

11 April 2017
Discover the possibilities of AI-Powered Healthcare.
Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea

11 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Theatre company Catherine Wheels explores the biggest subject they could possibly try and tackle – the ocean!
Genetic Modification: Food for Thought

Genetic Modification: Food for Thought

11 April 2017
This interactive discussion investigates the kind of agriculture and food systems that can provide the food we need.
Making the New Human

Making the New Human

11 April 2017
See yourself in a new way, with wired brain and augmented strength, in this interactive show.
Amazing Immunology

Amazing Immunology

11 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Reveal the secrets of your immune system in a fun interactive session with real medical research scientists.
Researching Alien Worlds – Meet the Experts

Researching Alien Worlds – Meet the Experts

11 April 2017
Could alien life exist? Come along to Dynamic Earth, meet Astrobiologists and take part in hands-on activities.
Cheeseology 2.0

Cheeseology 2.0

11 April 2017
Come along for a tutored tasting journey on the technologies used to produce cheese in its many delicious varieties.
Build your own drawing robot

Build your own drawing robot

11 April 2017
Have a go at building your own robot in this fun intro to electronics and motors.
What Can Supercomputers do?

What Can Supercomputers do?

11 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
What Can Supercomputers do? Come and use our Raspberry Pi mini-supercomputers to find out.
Chemistry of the Human Body

Chemistry of the Human Body

11 April 2017
What are we made of? The arsenic to zirconium of the human body.
Spark Cart Science

Spark Cart Science

11 April 2017
Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.
Micro-Engineers

Micro-Engineers

11 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Discover real life plans to implant a miniature monitoring station inside a cancer tumour, to help doctors destroy it.
Researching Alien Worlds – Special Show Dome Event

Researching Alien Worlds – Special Show Dome Event

11 April 2017
Researching Alien Worlds - Join us for an exclusive event in the 360 degree ShowDome at Dynamc Earth.
Lothian Birth Cohort Project

Lothian Birth Cohort Project

11 April 2017
Discover how childhood mental capacity affects health and cognitive function in later life.
Why Places Matter for Mental Wellbeing

Why Places Matter for Mental Wellbeing

11 April 2017
An interactive discussion that will help you discover and discuss how our surroundings can affect our mental health.
A Very Short introduction to.....

A Very Short introduction to.....

11 April 2017
Check out these 'A Very Short introduction to..' daily discussions at Summerhall on a variety of subjects!
Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

11 April 2017
A range of talks on science, reason and critical thinking - a different topic every night!
Connecting Codes to Cures

Connecting Codes to Cures

11 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Get hands-on to crack the secret code of DNA.
Scottish Identity

Scottish Identity

11 April 2017
Join poet and novelist James Robertson in discussion with a prominent scientist to explore the Scottish self.
Designer Diets

Designer Diets

12 April 2017
Discover the power of maths in a quest to create healthier diets.
Light Drawing

Light Drawing

12 April 2017
Using science and art to sketch with photons in a creative workshop for all artistic abilities.
Intelligent Transport: Connecting Our World

Intelligent Transport: Connecting Our World

12 April 2017
How can we combine technology and data for better and more intelligent transport systems?
Creative Science - Ultimate Aliens

Creative Science - Ultimate Aliens

12 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Get creative at Dynamic Earth and design your very own ultimate alien to take home.
Double Dome Nights

Double Dome Nights

12 April 2017
Settle back in a comfortable seat for a real full dome cinematic treat at Dynamic Earth, part of Science Festival.
The Big Data Show

The Big Data Show

12 April 2017
Join us for this work-in-progress interactive digital show that's part digital magic and part history of hacking.
A Very Short introduction to.....

A Very Short introduction to.....

12 April 2017
Check out these 'A Very Short introduction to..' daily discussions at Summerhall on a variety of subjects!
Gadget Factory at the museum

Gadget Factory at the museum

12 April 2017 - 15 April 2017
Investigate and explore how everyday gadgets work and build your own in our mini Gadget Factory.
Nature, Nurture or Neither?

Nature, Nurture or Neither?

12 April 2017
Join scientist and author Steve Jones to debate whether identity can really be split into nature and nurture.
Transmission Podcast Live Recording

Transmission Podcast Live Recording

12 April 2017
A live recording of Transmission Podcast, which speculates on the possibility of life on Proxima b.
Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

12 April 2017
Discover hidden stories and explore fascinating phenomena from far away places and spaces through open-ended play.
The Bleeding Edge

The Bleeding Edge

12 April 2017
Does technology turn toxic in an unequal world? 
Tundra shrubs - Arctic time machines -  with Sandra Angers-Blondin

Tundra shrubs - Arctic time machines - with Sandra Angers-Blondin

12 April 2017
Investigate how plants in the Artic are changing in this hands-on workshop.
The Chemistry Show

The Chemistry Show

12 April 2017 - 13 April 2017
Expect bangs, flames and foam in a classic show of experiments and fun.
Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

12 April 2017
A range of talks on science, reason and critical thinking - a different topic every night!
Spark Cart Science

Spark Cart Science

12 April 2017
Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.
Public Service Broadcasting: The Race for Space Live

Public Service Broadcasting: The Race for Space Live

12 April 2017
Edinburgh International Science Festival: Public Service Broadcasting: The Race for Space Live at the Usher Hall.
Dr Bunhead’s Improvised Explosions

Dr Bunhead’s Improvised Explosions

12 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Dr Bunhead’s Improvised Explosions - Expect factual monologues, science demonstrations and much more!
The Sound Revolution

The Sound Revolution

12 April 2017
Join us to explore the influence digital technology has had on music and what effect it might have in the future!
Look Up

Look Up

12 April 2017
Simon Watt explores some of the science behind space exploration.
How Beer Made Science History

How Beer Made Science History

13 April 2017
Learn how brewing science changed the world at this after dark peak behind the scenes at Summerhall brewery.
The Hunt for Supersymmetric Particles

The Hunt for Supersymmetric Particles

13 April 2017
A special event exploring the potential discovery of supersymmetric particles at CERN.
Spark Cart Science

Spark Cart Science

13 April 2017
Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.
Technaceuticals

Technaceuticals

13 April 2017
Instead of pharmaceuticals, doctors are turning to technology to alter brain activity and manage pain.
Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario

Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario

13 April 2017
Learn what you should do when the inevitable zombie pandemic occurs!
Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival

13 April 2017
A range of talks on science, reason and critical thinking - a different topic every night!
Digital Maker Workshop

Digital Maker Workshop

13 April 2017
Design a 3D model using 3D Slash on a Raspberry Pi then discover how a 3D printer works.
The Internet of Everything: Friend or Foe?

The Internet of Everything: Friend or Foe?

13 April 2017
As the world around us becomes increasingly ‘smart’ what are the associated challenges and risks?
ASCUS Lab’s Chemistry of Natural Dyes -  with Dr Ryan Lewis

ASCUS Lab’s Chemistry of Natural Dyes - with Dr Ryan Lewis

13 April 2017
Learn about natural dyes and take a take a tour through a spectrum of colours in this hands-on workshop.
A Very Short introduction to.....

A Very Short introduction to.....

13 April 2017
Check out these 'A Very Short introduction to..' daily discussions at Summerhall on a variety of subjects!
Double Dome Nights

Double Dome Nights

13 April 2017
Settle back in a comfortable seat for a real full dome cinematic treat at Dynamic Earth, part of Science Festival.
The Science of Transplantation

The Science of Transplantation

13 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Find out all about organ transplants and discover what makes a good match!
Gravitational Waves

Gravitational Waves

13 April 2017
Explore the most important development in astronomy since 1608: the birth of gravitational wave astronomy.
Parlour Sounds: When household appliances become innovative electronic instruments

Parlour Sounds: When household appliances become innovative electronic instruments

13 April 2017
A live multimedia event using innovative electronics to transform and invent instruments.
Disease Detectives

Disease Detectives

13 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Become a disease detective and discover how science is helping us to prevent infection and fight disease.
Me, Myself and I

Me, Myself and I

13 April 2017
Author Christopher Brookmyre and poet Jenny Lindsay discuss how artists and writers bring their characters to life.
Shared Autonomy: The future of Interactive robotics

Shared Autonomy: The future of Interactive robotics

13 April 2017
Join Prof Sethu Vijayakumar as he explores the role of informatics -  digitisation - automation and robo
The Zoom Club: Animation Lab

The Zoom Club: Animation Lab

13 April 2017 - 14 April 2017
Join us in The Zoom Club’s Animation Lab where you can explore moving image using traditional and digital techniques.
A Coding Adventure Workshop!

A Coding Adventure Workshop!

14 April 2017
Learn how to code your own animations in this unique workshop for Age 7+ at the National Museum of Scotland.
Mind Magic

Mind Magic

14 April 2017
Magician & psychologist Prof Richard Wiseman invites you to step backstage and explore the secret science of sorcery.
Atopic Art Art-Science Workshop with Beverley Hood

Atopic Art Art-Science Workshop with Beverley Hood

14 April 2017
Come along to ASCUS Lab for a workshop led by Beverley Hood one of their Artists in Residence!
Spark Cart Science

Spark Cart Science

14 April 2017
Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

14 April 2017
Join geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford in this talk at Summerhall.
The Penguin Counters: Special Show Dome Event

The Penguin Counters: Special Show Dome Event

14 April 2017
Join us at Dynamic Earth for an exclusive screening of ‘The Penguin Counters’.
From séance to science: Who is psychology’s greatest hero?

From séance to science: Who is psychology’s greatest hero?

14 April 2017
The greatest scientist in the history of psychology? Who has the psych factor? You decide.
Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

Mini Zoomers: Sensory Scientists

14 April 2017
Discover hidden stories and explore fascinating phenomena from far away places and spaces through open-ended play.
A Very Short introduction to.....

A Very Short introduction to.....

14 April 2017
Check out these 'A Very Short introduction to..' daily discussions at Summerhall on a variety of subjects!
Atopic Art Art-Science Workshop with Gordon Douglas

Atopic Art Art-Science Workshop with Gordon Douglas

14 April 2017
Come along to ASCUS Lab for a workshop led by Gordon Douglas - one of their Artists in Residence!
Researching with Drones: Meet the Experts

Researching with Drones: Meet the Experts

15 April 2017
Meet scientists from the University of Edinburgh working in Polar research with drone technology.
Branching Out: A Guided Botanical Drawing and Linocut Relief Printing Workshop

Branching Out: A Guided Botanical Drawing and Linocut Relief Printing Workshop

15 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
A two-day masterclass in drawing and printmaking, for beginners and advanced drawers alike.
Dementia research and prevention: illuminating brain changes

Dementia research and prevention: illuminating brain changes

15 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
An interactive evening with leading dementia researchers - with a tour of the labs at the University of Edinburgh
Why Dinosaurs Matter

Why Dinosaurs Matter

15 April 2017
Discover what we can learn from dinosaurs in this talk by Prof Ken Lacovara, discoverer of the Dreadnoughtus.
Wild about Scotland Bus - Edinburgh Zoo

Wild about Scotland Bus - Edinburgh Zoo

15 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
Jump on-board the Wild about Scotland Bus at Edinburgh Zoo as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Think of a Number

Think of a Number

15 April 2017
Join A Number director Zinnie Harris as she shares her fascination with the themes of this play.
Constable’s Clouds

Constable’s Clouds

15 April 2017
Join the Scottish National Gallery and Eureka Edinburgh for a special hands-on science-art workshop for ages 4+.
Making Scents -  with Frank Machin

Making Scents - with Frank Machin

15 April 2017
Come along to ASCUS Lab for this unique chance to explore the evocative fifth sense!
Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

16 April 2017
The Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire is back for it's fifth year as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival.
Constable’s Clouds

Constable’s Clouds

16 April 2017
Join the Scottish National Gallery and Eureka Edinburgh for a special hands-on science-art workshop for ages 4+.
Tam Dalyell Prize Lecture

Tam Dalyell Prize Lecture

16 April 2017
A very special lecture held in memory of Dr Tam Dalyell.
Extreme Environments: Life at the Poles

Extreme Environments: Life at the Poles

16 April 2017
Become an explorer at Dynamic Earth and uncover a whole world of amazing experiences at Earth’s poles.
Wired Nature

Wired Nature

16 April 2017
Join us as we investigate the research and ideas behind the effects of technology and nature on our health.