People looking through microscopes at the Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh Science Festival

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.

The year was 1989 – Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, was on hand to inaugurate a brand new addition to Edinburgh’s growing festivals line-up – The Edinburgh Science Festival.

Edinburgh Science Festival will return from 30 March to 14 April 2024

About Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh Science Festival is the UK’s largest science festival and for 2 weeks each 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 programme takes over numerous venues and locations around Edinburgh and with one-third of the programme free to access, it offers the perfect opportunity to release your inner scientist.

Whether your interests lie in robotics, space, the diversity of life on earth, climate change or the deep oceans, each year’s programme offers something for everyone.

Children (and grown-ups too) will love the interactive exhibitions and workshops where participants can get their hands dirty while learning about the science behind spaceships, weather, dinosaurs, the human body and much, much more.

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 participation.

Lady watching Biomimcry programme on the planetarium screen at Dynamic Earth
Boy building with Lego at the Edinburgh Science Festival in the City Art Centre
Ladies building foam dinosaurs at the Edinburgh Science Festival after hours event

2024 – Shaping the Future

The theme of 2024’s festival is Shaping the Future, showcasing some of the cutting-edge science and technology that can help us create a future that is sustainable and accessible for all.

What future do we choose? Where will we be as individuals, as a community, as a planet in 10 or 50 years’ time? These questions will be explored across a programme of over 150 events – many of which are free to attend.

The 2024 festival will take place in iconic venues throughout the city, including the City Art Centre, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Zoo, National Museum of Scotland and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, with new additions of Panmure House, Mary’s King Close and The Biscuit Factory.

The Edinburgh Science Festival runs from 30 March to 14 April 2024. For more information and to view the full programme visit The Edinburgh Science Festival.


Edinburgh 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. Since 2011, it has also been the 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 destinations such as India, China, Germany and Brazil.


Discover more about Edinburgh’s festivals

Edinburgh has a jam-packed festival schedule all year around. Whether you love the arts or are mad about science, there’s a festival for you.


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