City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh International Science Festival

By edg - Posted on 29 March 2012

Cuddly robot at Edinburgh Science Festival
Event details
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 10:00am - Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 11:00pm
Telephone (info): 
(0131) 553 0320
Telephone (box office): 
0844 557 2686

Founded in 1988, the Edinburgh Science Festival brings together a programme of educational and interactive activities for the wee ones, and events and talks for adults in around 30 venues across town.

Regular visitors to "the world's first science festival" include Richard Dawkins, Dr Bunhead, and Professor Richard Wiseman, who usually brings psychology orientated events.

Since 2011, the City Art Centre has been the hub for kids' activities with activities such as ER, Unwrapping the Mummy, Dr Clot's Blood-Curdling Adventure, Nina and the Neurons, Dig Up a Dinosaur, and Rampaging Chariots.

The 2017 festival takes place in April.

EISF 2017 Highlights

  • Brand new exhibitions: Play On at the National Museum of Scotland and Moments in Time on The Mound.
  • "Science in the Spotlight": a programme of commissions, new work and existing plays about science.
  • The City Art Centre is transformed into a six-floor science playground with workshops, shows and interactive activities.
  • The opening of the new Experimentarium drop-in at Summerhall, and hands-on workshops for teenagers at the National Museum of Scotland.
  • In-depth explorations of food science, space, the environment and health featuring Dr Adam Rutherford, Steve Jones and Prof Derek Bell.
  • Public Service Broadcasting: The Race for Space LIVE
  • Science Festival Lates for adults at the City Art Centre on 30 March
  • "Party On" for over-18s at the National Museum of Scotland on 7 April
  • Science talks and debates featuring Dr Aleks Krotoski, Dame Anne Glover, Prof Mark Maslin and Dr Paul Patras.

Selected past EISF coverage


Tickets are available online and by telephone, as well as in person at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival shop.