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Edinburgh International Science Festival

1-16 April 2017

Edinburgh has long been renowned as a place of learning, innovation and scientific achievement - so it's particularly appropriate that the capital was also the birthplace of the world's very first public science festival.

1989 was the year, and Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, was on hand to inaugurate a brand new addition to Edinburgh's growing festivals lineup - the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

About the Edinburgh International Science Festival

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Nowadays the Science Festival is one of Europe's largest, and for 2 weeks in Spring offers a range of amazing experiences for all ages, with a programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, performances, screenings and discussions between some of the world's foremost scientific minds.

The Festival's annual programme takes over venues across the city, including galleries, museums, public spaces and more. In doing so, it delivers loads of fun, fascinating activities alongside serious and provocative science debate on subjects ranging from quantum physics to environmental ethics and everything in between (and beyond!)

Children (and grown-ups too) will love the interactive exhibitions and workshops where they can get their hands dirty while learning about the science behind spaceships, weather, dinosaurs, the human body and much more. Trained science educators will blow their minds with demonstrations of just how amazing the world can be.

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Meanwhile, adults can look forward to a range of entertaining evening events including discussions, debates, performances, food and drink and hands-on experiences - plus, lots of audience involvement too.

And there are chances for the public to be a part of the Festival itself too, with events like SciMart (a farmers’ market with a scientific twist) and the Mini Maker Faire (an opportunity for people who like to tinker, invent, repurpose and reimagine everyday things).

Edinburgh International Science Festival in the global community

The Science Festival also goes beyond the city of Edinburgh, with initiatives like its primary school education programme that tours Scotland, and, since 2011, its role as a content programming partner for the Abu Dhabi Science Festival. The Festival has also sent representatives, shows and workshops around the globe to the likes of India, China, Germany and Brazil.

This international approach places the Science Festival perfectly among its fellow festivals here in the city - bringing Edinburgh to the world, and the world back to Edinburgh.

This page was written in collaboration with Festivals Edinburgh

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