Science Festival aims to Build Better Worlds

Edinburgh International Science Festival has launched its 28th Festival programme, on the theme of Building Better Worlds. The lineup of over 270 events will centre on the potential of science, technology, engineering and design to improve our world and how we live. 

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Running from 26 March to 10 April 2016, the Festival will feature a wide range of opportunities for all ages to get involved with science, and be a part of the ongoing wider debate on how humanity can improve its situation, both now and in the future. 

Amanda Tyndall, Creative Director of the Festival, said: 

Science and technology have the potential to help us address so many of the key challenges we face; from how we feed, heal and fuel the world to how we live happy and fulfilling lives as we do so. But they don't work in isolation from the wider world. It is through collaboration with their creative cousins that we stand the best chance of innovating and securing our future.
This year's Festival celebrates this with a programme focus on the fertile space where science meets the arts, with something for curious minds of all ages.

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The Festival runs throughout the school Easter Holidays, and highlights for families include The Sounds of Science featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie; Science in the Spotlight with superb children's theatre from Catherine Wheels and Borderline Theatre; Scotland's first Tiny Homes Village; LEGO artist Warren Elsmore building a Martian habitat; Lee Towersey co-builder of the R2D2 unit used Star Wars: The Force Awakens; and the City Arts Centre family hub, with experiments and fun over 5 floors. 

Grownups are well catered for too, with major events including Lord Martin Rees, ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy and Professor Chris Rapley discussing the challenges facing humanity; The Big Bang Bash, featuring Peter Lovatt aka Dr Dance, Mars One finalist Ryan MacDonald and Prof Richard Wiseman; The 2016 Edinburgh Medal award ceremony for joint winners Kevin Govender and the International Astronomical Union; The Reading Experiment with EVE:Valkyrie creator Andy Robinson, author Charles Stross and researcher Emese Domahidi; and Prof Paul Hadley explaining why chocolate may become extinct, as part of GastroFest

Tickets for all events are now on sale. For links to find out more, view the full programme and book tickets please visit our Edinburgh International Science Festival page.

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