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. Full details to be announced. For now, here is the previous year's highlights.

EISF 2016 Highlights

  • Being Human - improving our lives through better health, well-being and understanding of the human condition
  • Our Built Environment - Exploring how science is impacting on our homes and cities, helping us to live well in an increasingly urbanised world
  • GastroFest - a mini-festival about the science of food and drink
  • Science and Culture - championing science’s role in culture through people, policies and politics
  • A Planetary Perspective - Planet Earth faces some big challenges and science has a role to play in combatting many of these and helping to ensure environmental sustainability
  • Beyond Planet Earth - exploration of non-Earthbound challenges and opportunities
  • The Reading Experiment - uniting the worlds of science and words
  • Science in the Spotlight - bringing together the wonder of theatre and the explosive world of science communication.

Selected past EISF coverage


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