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Edinburgh International Science Festival

2018 marks the 30th edition of the Edinburgh International Science Festival powered by EDF Energy, the world’s oldest festival of science and this year’s programme promises to be as inspiring and challenging as its predecessors!

Running from 31 March – 15 April, the capital will be host to over 200 workshops, discussions and exhibitions; all with the aim of exploring our incredible world and understanding the role of science and technology as part of the theme of ‘Life, the Universe and Everything’.

Edinburgh International Science Festival Programme Highlights

Sci Fest Inline

The Science Festival presents almost 270 events for families and adults over the course of two weeks. The vibrant and varied programme includes everything from fun family days out to new exhibitions, shows and performances, discussions with pioneering thinkers and some very special events. 

Key themes for this year's festival include:

- Future life
- Design for life
- Life on Earth
- Human lives and society
- Sustaining life
- Life beyond Earth

Family festivalgoers can enjoy five floors of sensational hands-on science at City Art Centre, world class theatre at Summerhall and a host of hands-on activities and more at National Museum of Scotland and other partner venues across Edinburgh.

The exciting adult programme of discussions, workshops, performances, screenings, special events and exhibitions features everything from science themed parties and experimental food events to discussions with leaders in the fields of medicine, space, genetic research, environmental science and data, among others, is set to create unforgettable festival experiences.

Eco2Ville powered by EDF Energy

Ecoville Inline

Eco2ville is a large scale outdoor exhibition on Edinburgh’s central Mound precinct, inviting audiences to explore how to integrate a low carbon-based future into their lives.

Eco2ville will feature the innovations and ideas that will help us move from the Carbon Age into a new future that embraces technological solutions, creative approaches to everyday issues and a mindful use of resources.

This will include eye-catching prototypes or new products that could become everyday objects in a low carbon future such as an electric car, an upcycled shipping container home, with a living roof and smart gadgets, a solar-powered car and a music installation made of recycled metal. 

Existence: Life and Beyond

Existance Life And Beyond

The brand new Existence: Life and Beyond is an interactive exhibition including three creative commissions at National Museum Scotland exploring the origins and future of life - everything from evolutionary biology and conservation, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Beginning with an exploration of life on earth, travelling through the weirdness of life at the extremes and exploring the technological potential of what life could be in the future, Existence: Life and Beyond will take visitors to the outer reaches of life as we know it. 


Synthetica Inline

Synthetica is a special contemporary art exhibition co-curated by the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science which will showcase the work of established international artists working in the field of bioart, including a retrospective of the incredible career of renowned bioartist Marta de Menezes.

Beginning with  Immortality for Two,  which explores the reciprocal immortalisation of cells from two people in love, through to The Origin of Species, using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology and ending with her latest work Truly Natural, that will confront you with a live genetically altered organism.

Summerhall will also host art exhibitions and a number of talks from guest speakers. Mini Maker Faire, a gathering of creators from Edinburgh and beyond who showcase the things they make and do; will act as the final event of the Festival.

Venues including RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, City Art Centre, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and Dynamic Earth are all scheduling events to ensure that the 30th Edinburgh International Science Festival will be one that we all remember!

The full programme is now available. Find out what's happening at or pick up a programme from various locations in the city centre. 

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