Science Festival reaches new Frontiers with 2019 Programme

Science Festival 2019 launchImage credit: Ian Georgeson

Powered by EDF Energy, the world’s first and largest science festival will explore the theme of Frontiers through an impressive and diverse programme of family and adult events in venues across the city, running from 6 to 21 April 2019.

From talks about overpopulation and plastics to events exploring the science of baking and our relationship with robots, the lineup promises something for everyone in its quest to push the boundaries of our scientific knowledge.

Launching this year’s programme, Edinburgh Science Festival’s Creative Director Amanda Tyndall said:

With new venues and partners and a programme packed full of events and ideas our Frontiers theme sees us explore the research horizons of everything from the depths of the oceans to the furthest reaches of space and the intricate pathways of the human brain. We celebrate the spirit of adventure and enquiry that drives science and the ideas and individuals that are expanding the Frontiers of our collective knowledge and have plenty of fun on our journey.

Amateur astronauts will be excited by the space-themed offerings which include Blast Aff!, a chance to explore the start-ups helping Scotland to become the space technology of Europe, and Emergency on the ISS, in which Radio 4’s Helen Keen and space medicine expert Dr Christina Mackaill take a look at problem-solving on the International Space Station.

Science 2019 adultsImage credit: Chris Scott

For those who’d rather keep their feet on the ground, a range of talks and presentations from world experts are also on offer. Audiences will be able to hear from inspirational women who are leading their fields, or head to panel discussions on topics as wide-ranging as medical cannabis or the importance of sunlight.

There are also plenty of chances to get directly involved with interactive sessions like On The Frontiers Of Sanity, an audience experiment in which psychologist Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus and psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud will test how the audience make decisions about the mental health of politicians through the lens of Donald Trump’s infamous Twitter feed.

Energy Makers - Edinburgh Science 2019

And families with children will be similarly spoiled for choice, with the Cirrus Logic-sponsored City Arts Centre once more becoming a family hub complete with 5 floors of hands-on activities for children as young as 3. Amongst the workshops on offer will be a chance for younger explorers to try their hand at building wind turbines or becoming animal conservationists.

Culture and Communities Convener, Councillor Donald Wilson, said:

There is something for everyone in the extensive programme from fascinating talks with Professors and pioneers, to experiments and events to entertain and educate all ages taking place across the city. The Festival was the world’s first, and remains Europe’s biggest, science festival and this year there will be hundreds of hands-on activities happening all over Edinburgh. Explore the uncharted territories of life and the Universe, right here in the Capital!

The Science Festival takes place from 6-21 April 2019 at 31 venues across Edinburgh.The full programme is available online and tickets are on sale now.

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