Edinburgh International 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.

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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 International Science Festival.

Edinburgh Science Festival will return from 9 – 24 April 2022 with the theme of Revolutions. 

About the Edinburgh International Science Festival

The Edinburgh Science Festival is the UK’s largest Science Festival and for 2 weeks 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, much more. Trained science educators will blow their minds with demonstrations of just how amazing the world can be.

Edinburgh International Science Festival Scifest Lates

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.

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.

2022 – Revolutions

Focusing on the power of circles and revolutionary approaches to everything from personal to planetary health – together with a focus on tackling the climate crisis – the 2022 Festival will explore lifeforms, lifecycles and revolutionary science, technology, ideas and solutions to global challenges.

Edinburgh Science Festival will return from Saturday 9 – Sunday 24 April 2022.

The 2022 Programme details is available to view here > 



This page was created in collaboration with our friends at Festivals Edinburgh.

Edinburgh has a jam-packed festival schedule all year around. Whether you love the arts, are mad about science, or relish the thought of getting lost in a good book, there’s a festival for you. Take a look at our guide to Edinburgh’s Festivals >