City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh International Science Festival

By edg - Posted on 12 February 2018

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 mission at Sea of Tranquility, the Moon, 1969
Event details
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am - Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 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 around 270 educational and interactive activities for the wee ones, and events and talks for adults in around 30 venues across town.

The 2019 festival marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, with the Festival theme of Frontiers, exploring the boundaries of knowledge and the spirit of adventure and enquiry that drives science, technology, engineering and maths.

The 2019 festival takes place in April. Details to be announced.

2018 EISF Highlights

  • Since 2011, the City Art Centre has been the hub for kids with interactive activities over five floors, such as ER, Unwrapping the Mummy, Dr Clot's Blood-Curdling Adventure, Nina and the Neurons, Dig Up a Dinosaur, and build your own robot
  • Eco 2 ville at The Mound, a village showcasing low carbon technologies
  • Free, drop-in, hands-on activities at Summerhall's Experimentarium and Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire.
  • "Existence: Life and Beyond" interactive exhibition in Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland.
  • Evening discussions and debates at the National Museum of Scotland.
  • New theatre commission Valentina’s Galaxy for 2-5 year olds at Summerhall.
  • Gastrofest series of events including BBC’s Marty Jopson from The One Show on The Science of Food.
  • Science Festival Lates; Massaoke, a science themed karaoke and Synthetica, an exhibition of bio-art, at Summerhall
  • Programme of family-friendly activities exploring food of Scotland at Botanic Garden.
  • Interactive events and activities at Dynamic Earth and Edinburgh Zoo

Selected past EISF coverage


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