Venue: Summerhall: Dissection Room
From embroidered circuits to 3D-printed jewellery, new technology is cropping up in our shoes, dresses and fashion accessories. Gaze down the runway at the future of fashion in this show and installation. Explore the world of interactive wearables and mingle with local and international designers to tunes from our live DJ. Designs will include multiple 3D-printed outfits by Janne Kyttänen and Annie Shaw, Creative Directors of 3D Systems, the largest 3D printing company in the world, and creations from CuteCircuit’s Francesca Rosella, high end fashion designer of choice for Katy Perry. Lynsey Calder will also showcase the latest in smart costumes developed at Heriot-Watt University.
In this year’s Tam Dalyell Lecture, Prof Harald Haas, Chair of Mobile Communications at The University of Edinburgh, reveals an amazing innovation that could change wireless communications forever. The Li-Fi system uses standard light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to transmit electronic data signals, which will enable users to access the internet through the ordinary lighting systems in schools, workplaces and homes. This revolutionary invention has the potential to bring cheap, energy efficient and super-secure wireless access to the world. Join Harald to hear about how the revolution started here in Edinburgh.
Venue: Summerhall: Hacklab Space
If you’re an experienced Arduino user, bring your project and your laptop and let Edinburgh Hacklab help you take your programming to the next level. This all day session will cover a wealth of advanced Arduino topics: find out how to update a display without missing any button presses, learn how to make your project talk to advanced sensors and devices and discover ways to make your project permanent and avoid a rats’ nest of wires.
Venue: Summerhall: Dissection Room
A multimedia, multi-disciplinary evening bringing together scientists and artists to explore the new science of synthetic biology through short talks and demonstrations. Find out more about its mechanisms and applications through models, animations and dance as the process of engineering design with DNA is brought to life. Featuring Prof Alistair Elfick, Professor of Synthetic Biological Engineering at The University of Edinburgh.
Around one in six people In Scotland will have a stroke at some point, with about 12,500 having one every year. The damage caused by a stroke can be widespread and long lasting, and rehabilitation can be slow but it is the topic of much on-going scientific research. Join Dr Nick Ward from the stroke research group at the UCL Institute of Neurology as he explores the reorganisation of brain networks to support recovery; and hear from Dr Gillian Mead from The University of Edinburgh who will discuss the importance of exercise after a stroke.
Who is best placed to write about science for the general public – scientists, who know what they’re talking about; or writers, who know how to express ideas clearly and readably? Our panel of distinguished authors have written books about botany, chemistry, alchemy and scientific history and biography. Join them for a conversation about knowing and communicating. Are they scientists, or writers, or both? Hosted by Stranger Than Fiction, Edinburgh’s only organisation devoted to writers of non-fiction.
With mind-boggling experiments and dazzling science demos, our busking bikes take street performance to a whole new level. Find out all about the latest developments in Scottish science and witness explosions, weirdness and plenty of mess. Look out for our Street Science team around town and on your local high street up to and during the Science Festival and follow us on Twitter @EdSciFest for real time Street Science updates.
The monthly multi-arts laboratory of music, sound and light, curated by Edinburgh-based acoustic improv trio s i n k presents a Science Festival special, bringing together artists and musicians who explore scientific and technological processes as part of their work. Performances include circuit bending from technology artist Alan Brown of the 9-volt project and live international collaborative improvisation from the Free Variety Theatre.
Meet National Museum of Scotland curators Tom Seatter and Klaus Staubermann and discover how the Museum is using 3D printing technology to find new ways to engage with the National Collections, from archaeological artefacts to working machinery and modern jewellery.
Did you know that mobile phones contain a small amount of almost all the chemical elements? Sourced from rare earth materials, their extraction and production has serious human and ecological impact. Join curator Dr Rachel Walcott and Prof Simon Harley from the University of Edinburgh to find out more.