Join a time travelling tour in Holyrood Park. Step up to see if you can spot the evidence for ancient seas, exploding volcanoes and creeping glaciers as the fascinating geological history of the area is unraveled through an engaging mix of storytelling, activities and observation skills. Please note: Tour involves steep climbs and rough paths. Presented by Our Dynamic Earth.
Venue: Summerhall: Summerhall
We put 'Science at the HeART of Summerhall' with a series of specially curated exhibitions and installations showcasing the work of artists inspired by science. Summerhall curator Paul Robertson brings together Bigert & Bergström, David Burrows of Plastique Fantastique, Jessica Lloyd-Jones, Michel Paysant, Silas Parry and a group exhibition entitled '26/04/86', featuring works by Norrie Harman, Rebecca Appleby, Dean Kemp, Greg Townend (who have created works inspired by their understanding of the Chernobyl disaster) and The Bone Library. The Science Festival's science-art trail complements these with works by Prof Helen Storey, Will Nash, Sean Dooley, Richard Firth, Hugh Turvey, Helen Denerley, Fergus Dunnet, Biologica Mathematica, Tim Vincent Smith and Alan Brown. Pick up a copy of our special Summerhall brochure and see our website for details, and explore the heart of science!
Venue: RBGE: John Hope Gateway 1
Find out what the RSPB is doing to protect the UK’s seas and coastal zones. You’ll be surprised at the different species that use the sea around the UK – we get some exotic visitors. RSPB staff will be on hand to explain how they conduct their scientific research – some of it is dangerous work!
Join Professor Egghead for a brand new interactive science show! Follow in the footsteps of renowned conservationist, John Muir, and embark on an adventure with some very special wildlife friends. Presented by The Scottish Seabird Centre.
Pop-ups may look simple, but they are ingenious engineering mechanisms. Choose your favourite design, transform it from a flat cardboard shape to a magical 3D model, and then decorate it with your own personal touch to take home. Presented by The University of Edinburgh.
Four hundred years ago, Scottish mathematician John Napier’s pioneering work on logarithms enabled more calculations to be completed in just one hour than had previous been achieved in a day. From the introduction of the decimal point to the development of slide rules, this exhibition explores how Napier’s revolutionary innovations advanced and influenced mathematics from the 17th century to the present.
Just like people plants get sick too and without plants we would not be able to survive. Train to be a Plant Doctor with the British Society for Plant Pathology and find out how to identify plant diseases and how to help plants survive.
Venue: Summerhall: Old Lab
Technology not only helps us, it also changes us. Children now carry around sophisticated computers in their pockets. Does this change them for the better (make them smarter?) or worse? Dr Mark Sprevak, Lecturer in Philosophy of Mind & Cognition at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburg, will guide our discovery of some of the surprising ways in which technology changes our children.
Medical scientists investigate how the human body works to find new ways to treat illness and injury. Chat with our medical scientists to discover how they help keep us healthy, and get hands-on with cutting edge science exploring the heart, brain and more. Presented by The University of Edinburgh.
This brand new interactive display created by Edinburgh International Science Festival takes centre stage in the National Museum of Scotland’s Grand Gallery for this year’s Festival. Making It... gives you the chance to immerse yourself in accessible technologies and discover the maker movement. And there are lots of demonstrations and things to do: from 3D printing to giant drawing machines, and from electronics to DIY biology."" Making It... was developed with support from the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.