Edinburgh Science Festival In Five Steps

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For over 30 years the Edinburgh Science Festival - the world’s first and Europe’s biggest science festival –has served up fun and facts in a bid to get everyone interested in science. Running from 9 to 24 April, this year’s festival features 120 events, tours and exhibitions, as well as workshops for children, young people and adults. And unlike many other festivals it’s not all about sitting still and listening to experts. They want people to get involved, get out and about, get their hands dirty, and get social with science. So let’s take a quick look through the programme in five easy steps.

Family Fun

ER at City Art Centre during the 2014 Science Festival, photographer Allan MacDonald, credit Edinburgh International Science FestivalAt the heart of the festival’s family programme is the City Art Centre Science, the perfect, inspirational day out. Explore five floors packed with workshops and interactive events perfect for kids up to 12 years old. Parents can join in the fun too with drop-in workshops and our digital art exhibitions. With your City Art Centre Day Pass, you'll have access to any number of drop-in activities and up to three bookable workshops – the perfect day of science fun! You can mix and match any workshop including Splat-tastic, Blood Bar, ER SurgeryRobo-Constructors and VR Worlds.


Science - Elemental 2022Discover the festival’s programme of exhibitions and films, and see how the world of science can be explored and reinterpreted through art. Feel empowered by the Consumed exhibition to make changes that will help the planet, and explore the information that runs the world in DataSphere. The Wild Scotland photography exhibition at Portobello Promenade showcases the stories of the people, flora and fauna of Scotland that are facing the climate emergency. Bioverse is a series of visual arts exhibitions by Summerhall including Elemental, a magical multisensory journey of discovery through an intriguing, immersive digital world.

Big Ideas

Science - Edinburgh Medal 2022Every revolution starts with a big idea – some sort of spark to rally around. the festival's programme of discussions will inspire ideas, inspire debate, and most importantly inspire hope. Join experts as they discuss the climate Revolution in Climate Change, A Time Travel Adventure, the cycle of life and death in Death and Beyond, conservation in Animal, Vegetable, Criminal, technology in Dictatorship, Revolution and Technology, the importance of storytelling in Folklore, Fables and Facts and much, much more. With over 50% of the Festival speakers women, audiences will have a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the respective fields of inspiring experts including the conservationist and 2022 Edinburgh Medal recipient Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

Socialable Science

Gastrofest at the 2014 Edinburgh International Science FestivalIf you enjoy your science with some flare, then you’ll love the social science evenings. Party in the City Art Centre and try out some hands-on experiments as the flagship science wonderland is turned over to adults for one night only with Science Festival Late, or enjoy the DataSphere exhibition after hours with Data After Dark. Combining storytelling, comedy and interactive elements, the science cabarets are a guaranteed great night out. Explore the weird and wonderful world of Phenomenal Fungi, while enjoying some canapes and mushroom cocktails provided by wild food experimenters Buck and Birch. Or why not learn about the fascinating science of fabrics and textiles in The Material World, and try your hand at sustainable cocktail making in Climate Cocktails.

Oot and Aboot

Science - StreetAs well as the festival’s core venues, you'll find Science Festival events all over the city and in some of Scotland's picturesque coastal towns. The ultimate science days out – right on your doorstep! Hone your wilderness skills with Family Bushcraft, Rewild Yourself and Woodland Nature Detectives, take a trip to the seaside with Gannet Games and Explore Beach Pebbles: Windows to the World, or enjoy things at your own pace with our series of self-guided trails. Don’t miss Street Science which sees mind-boggling experiments and dazzling science demonstrations take street performance to a whole new level. And for the adults, there’s A Toast to Gaia which takes you on an environmental cocktail tour around Edinburgh, showcasing the community of independent bars and restaurants that have a keen eye on our future planet.

If you can’t join us in-persn this year, enjoy Edinburgh Science Festival wherever you are, whenever works for you, with EdSciFest On Demand - which includes some of the favourite online events, from inspiring panel discussions for adults, crafty workshops for kids and self-led trails you can try wherever you live. You can also try out DNAtion, the interactive quiz where you can discover your very own science personality.

The Edinburgh Science Festival runs from 9 to 24 April 2022 and you can find the full programme HERE

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