Science Festival gets ready for take off
Taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, the Edinburgh Science Festival opens on 6th April, running across the Easter holiday period, and aims to push the boundaries of our knowledge about science as well as exploring uncharted territories.
You'll find various forms of Frontiers - Planetary, Digital, Healthcare, Engineering, Environmental, Social, Food and more - as world-class scientists, academics and authors discuss everything from overpopulation and space exploration to medical cannabis and Trump’s Twitter feed!
Programme highlights include:
- A mini festival of the science of food and drink, GastroFest, showcases the centrality of science to our culinary experience with snacks included! Cheese lovers unite for the return of Cheeseology 4.0, a tutored tasting and flavour explosion; indulge your tastebuds and learn of some spectacular superfoods in Spice of Life; or create the perfect pastry and light sponge with our The Science of Baking special event
- A Human Touch, a major free open-air exhibition exploring human influence on Earth takes place in front of the Scottish Parliament. Beautiful and thought-provoking, this amazing collection of images shine a light on the effects our hunger for resources have had on the planet and some of the inventive steps being taken to minimise harm and protect our planet for future generations.
- The Festival sets out to break all taboos! Are we too clean? What is normal? What does a duck’s vagina look like in 3D? Prof Dame Anne Glover and Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell examine the profile of female scientists and share their personal experiences of being women in science. Prof Richard Wiseman in conversation with comedian and broadcaster Helen Keen investigates the powerful life lessons behind humanity's greatest achievement, landing on the Moon
- In the children’s programme, five floors of hands-on science at City Art Centre is back with the favourites such as Blood Bar and ER Surgery alongside six new workshops and interactive activities.
- Science in the Spotlight returns with another world premiere theatre production: Melody and Sam: Record Breakers, a tender and hilarious story of friendship and breaking world records, developed with support from Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.
- National Museum of Scotland’s Grand Gallery will host Build and Break inviting young visitors to BUILD IT – build magical structures with super-sized construction blocks – and then head over to BREAK IT to be set loose on a huge pile of discarded electronics with a screw driver and a pair of pliers (under adult supervision!).
- Experimentarium takes over Pleasance with some weird, wonderful and cutting-edge science for children who will put the Moon under a microscope and learn about technologies aiding dogs with important jobs!
- Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Lab present Metamorphosis, a new contemporary art exhibition exploring where we are today after centuries of engineering the world and environment around us as well EGG, a contemporary circus show about the realities of IVF and egg donation.
- And the prestigious Edinburgh Medal is awarded to Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC), who was instrumental in the successful conclusion of the Paris talks
The Edinburgh Science Festival runs from 6th to 21st April, across the Easter holiday period, and the full Festival Brochure can be downloaded here.