Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh Science Festival is an educational charity that aims to inspire all ages and backgrounds.

Edinburgh Science Festival

About Edinburgh Science Festival

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In 2021, from Saturday 26 June – Sunday 11 July, our Festival will explore the theme One World. In a year that sees the us celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first draft of the human genome, the 50th year since the invention of email and the floppy disc, the inception of the World food programme and the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s ground-breaking trip into space, we explore how we are all connected… to each other, to Planet Earth and to the wider Universe.

The world is changing and we are changing with it. Our 2021 Festival will see us deliver some events in new formats and spaces. We're keen to innovate in both our planning and delivery to ensure a safe and quality Festival experience for everyone, and are focusing our energy and efforts on doing things differently to achieve this.



All information (whether in text or photographs) is supplied in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact. We take every opportunity to ensure the details for Edinburgh Science Festival are accurate, please contact us at hello[@]whatsonnetwork.co.uk if any of the above information is incorrect.

Upcoming Events at Edinburgh Science Festival

Human Nature

Human Nature

12th June 2021 - 21st July 2021
Portobello

Take a fascinating journey around the world through this large-scale outdoor photography exhibition and explore how we connect to nature as humans.
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Walking Through the COVID-19 Vaccine

Walking Through the COVID-19 Vaccine

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021
Various Locations Edinburgh

Watch the story of the COVID-19 vaccine development unfold by following our treasure trail through the city, pausing to watch animations that reveal the science behind the vaccine.
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Climate Detectives

Climate Detectives

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021

The Heriot-Watt campus is a lovely, scenic spot for a walk with a side of learning. Framed by greenery and nature, the campus is brimming with intriguing facts about research into our climate's histor
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Elemental

Elemental

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021

Discover and interact with the elements on this magical, multi-sensory journey through an intriguing, immersive digital world where magic meets alchemy and alchemy meets science.
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Oscillation in Light and Sound

Oscillation in Light and Sound

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021
Edinburgh New Town

Explore light and sound with our interactive crystals situated in St Andrews Square, consists of five giant crystal blocks that come alive through movement.
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This is Engineering… As You’ve Never Seen It Before

This is Engineering… As You’ve Never Seen It Before

26th June 2021 - 21st July 2021
Various Locations Edinburgh

This is an exhibition by the Museum of Engineering Innovation and photographer Ted Humble-Smith which takes you on a fascinating journey through some of the UK's greatest engineering innovations.
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The Dead Interesting Tour

The Dead Interesting Tour

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021
Edinburgh East

Take a journey back in time along the pathways of Warriston Cemetery to hear tales of its fascinating tenants and the trails they blazed during their time on earth.
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Coastal Knowledge

Coastal Knowledge

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021
Various Locations Edinburgh

As Scotland's (prolonged) Year of Coast and Waters continues, join us as we learn how to keep up with our beautiful country's seas and coasts in an ever changing landscape!
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Sherlock Holmes and the Biofilms Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and the Biofilms Mystery

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021
Edinburgh South

Calling all budding detectives! Sherlock Holmes needs your help to find out who broke into his apartment and why they did it...can you examine the clues and identify the burglar?
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Women in STEM Street Art Trail

Women in STEM Street Art Trail

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021
Various Locations Edinburgh

Join us on this trail as we celebrate amazing women who have passionately contributed to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
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Discovering the Deep Outdoor Exhibition

Discovering the Deep Outdoor Exhibition

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021

Explore the mysteries of the deep ocean in this outdoor photography exhibition that tells the story of marine science in Scotland, from its earliest beginnings to the present day.
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Ellie Harrison: Early Warning Signs

Ellie Harrison: Early Warning Signs

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021

This summer marks the ten-year anniversary of Ellie Harrison's artistic project Early Warning Signs, and the first opportunity to see the artwork reunited.
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Exploring Edinburgh’s Volcano - Adults and Young People

Exploring Edinburgh’s Volcano - Adults and Young People

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021

Explore the evidence for these ancient volcanoes in Edinburgh on this self-led walking tour and learn how geology still shapes the city and landscape we see today!
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Deep Time Walk

Deep Time Walk

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021

Experience a history of the Earth like never before with the Deep Time Walk, an interactive audio app that helps you learn about deep time.
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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

26th June 2021 - 9th July 2021

In Memoriam is a new touring artwork by Luke Jerram. The installation is a temporary memorial for the public to visit and remember all those we have lost from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Outdoor Family Walks

Outdoor Family Walks

Selected dates between 26th June 2021 - 4th July 2021

Join the Dynamic Earth team for these family-friendly walks in Holyrood Park exploring Edinburgh's past.
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Urban Fossil Detective

Urban Fossil Detective

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021

Become a fossil detective and discover what ancient creatures can be found in rocks, buildings and even pavements right here in Edinburgh in this self-guided walking trail!
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Pale Blue Dot

Pale Blue Dot

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021

National Museum of Scotland is proud to be hosting Edinburgh Science Festival’s brand-new exhibition, Pale Blue Dot, created to celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020–21.
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Rockpool Rambles

Rockpool Rambles

26th June 2021 - 29th June 2021

Join the wild side of life on this informative walk along the North Berwick shoreline with the team at the Scottish Seabird Centre!
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Exploring Edinburgh’s Volcano - Children and Families

Exploring Edinburgh’s Volcano - Children and Families

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021

Explore the evidence for these ancient volcanoes on this self-led walking tour for families and learn how geology still shapes the city and landscape we see today!
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Edinburgh Science Festival at the Zoo!

Edinburgh Science Festival at the Zoo!

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021

It’s that time of year again when we grab our lab coats, dig out our magnifying glasses and gather our inquisitive minds for two weeks of science at Edinburgh Zoo!
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Edinburgh’s Mathematical History

Edinburgh’s Mathematical History

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021
Various Locations Edinburgh

From Thomas Bayes through James Clerk Maxwell to Mary Somerville, explore the mathematical delights hidden in Edinburgh's city centre on this self-led walking trail.
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Secrets of Healthy Cognitive Ageing

Secrets of Healthy Cognitive Ageing

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021

On this self-led walk around George Square and the local neighbourhood you will hear about the project’s unique history and its people, and learn about the secrets of healthy cognitive ageing.
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The James Clerk Maxwell Edinburgh Walking Tour

The James Clerk Maxwell Edinburgh Walking Tour

26th June 2021 - 11th July 2021
Various Locations Edinburgh

Join us for a walking tour of Edinburgh City Centre, taking in the homes of James Clerk Maxwell and some of his closest friends and relatives, his school, university and the churches he attended.
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Digital Outdoors: Satellites and Environmental Science

Digital Outdoors: Satellites and Environmental Science

Selected dates between 28th June 2021 - 2nd July 2021

Discover how satellite technology can be used by environmental scientists to learn about our planet.
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Family Bushcraft

Family Bushcraft

2nd July 2021
Leith

In this workshop you will try your hand at some essential survival skills while testing your family’s ability to light fires and create tools to hunt and cook the elusive... marshmallow!
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Seaweed Excursion

Seaweed Excursion

2nd July 2021
North Berwick

Come along for an introductory seaweed foray at North Berwick with Greg Kenicer on 2nd July and find out all about these incredible organisms in real-life!
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Outdoor Family Walk: A Tropical Land

Outdoor Family Walk: A Tropical Land

3rd July 2021

Join the Dynamic Earth team for a family-friendly walk in Holyrood Park, exploring Edinburgh's tropical past as part of Edinburgh Science Festival.
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European Stone Stacking Championships

European Stone Stacking Championships

10th July 2021 - 11th July 2021
Dunbar

Rounding off Edinburgh Science Festival’s contribution to the Scottish Year of Coasts and Waters, the European Stone Stacking Championships returns to Dunbar for the 4th Year.
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