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Edinburgh Science Festival

18 February 2014

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014 celebrates ‘Science at the Heart of Everything’, inviting audiences of all ages to discover the science around us.  
5 – 20 April, 2014.

This year’s Science Festival offers a program bursting with events which will thrill, entertain and inform audiences of all ages.  The program lifts the lid on the ways in which our everyday lives are connected to science and technology, from food and drink to politics, art and literature. Highlights include:


A mini-festival about the science of food and drink, you can explore how our molecular gastronomy can influence taste and perception and how functional foods can be used to improve life.  Visit a science-inspired farmers market with demonstrations from chef Mark Greenaway, talks, workshops and specially-curated experiments from Festival brewer Barney’s Beer.

Making It

Last year’s Mini Maker Faire builds on its previous success with a programme of events and workshops celebrating Maker culture, DIY Science and the exchange of ideas between amateur scientific enthusiasts and scientists.  Making It presents the best of maker innovation and developing technologies with an interactive showcase at the National Museum of Scotland and a series of workshops at Summerhall.  In the Print Museum, 3D printers recreate popular items from the collection.  Visitors can cheer on either side as artist Dominic Wilcox puts his skills to the test with a 3D printer in Faceoff: Man vs Machine. 

Scotland Decides

Scotland heads for the polls later this year and the Science Festival will be supporting this with a series of talks and debates exploring the scientific questions at the heart of Scotland’s future.

A Scientific Night Out?

If you are looking for a night out with a difference why not pay a visit to sociable science Lates events - where science, music and art collide - starting with the Festival’s Opening Party at City Art Centre (3 April). This programme also features the return of hugely popular sci-creative series LateLab, with curator Amanda McDonald Crowley exploring how art, tech and food intersect. Other highlights include Techno Threads and Future Fashion (16 April) a fashion show exploring wearable technologies and featuring cult designers CuteCircuit - Katy Perry’s costumier of choice – and a Science Ceilidh from Peter Lovatt – aka Dr Dance - and neuroscientist Lewis Hou.

Science at the HeART

Science at the HeART of things features a series of exhibitions and installations co-curated with Paul Robertson at Summerhall, while artists and scientists consider what they have in common in Anatomy of an Artist: The Chemistry of Collaboration (4 April).

The Reading Experiment

The Reading Experiment investigates the world of science writing in all its richly diverse forms, encouraging audiences to engage with science writing of all sorts – from popular science to poetry, literary fiction to sci-fi. A series of author talks, workshops and events ask who should write about science - explored in Stranger than Fiction (15 April) - and the science of Scottish crime writing is examined in Forensics and Fiction(8 April). Our SciKucompetition –launching March 2014 – will ask entrants to create a ‘science haiku’ about any science inspired subject they like.

Family Day Out

For families, the Science Festival remains the perfect way to spend time over the Easter holidays. The City Art Centre is transformed into a world of scientific adventure, with new activities for 2014 including Energise!  where children journey through a giant digestive system as they learn about biology. Over at Summerhall, families can enjoy a series of interactive science shows and workshops. Children can learn about temperature in The Coldest Show on Earth, or experience being a mathematical super-hero with Simon Pampena. Older visitors can immerse themselves in the how-to world of makers, with workshops on everything from screen-printing and soldering, to coding and video game design.

Other family events around the city include hands on workshops at the National Museum of Scotland and a Columbian jungle-themed expedition at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, whilst the University of Edinburgh presents a packed programme of events at the National Museum of Scotland.

The Edinburgh International Science Festival runs from Saturday 5 to Sunday 20 April 2014. Full details of the 2014 programme can be found at Tickets for all events can be booked online via the website or through the Box Office on 0844 557 2686 from 11am Thursday 13 February 2014.