City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh International Science Festival

By edg - Posted on 29 March 2012

Science Festival - Late Lab
Event details
Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 10:00am - Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 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.

The City Art Centre became the hub in 2011 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.

EISF 2014 Highlights

  • GastroFest - a mini-festival about the science of food and drink
  • Making It - a celebration of Maker culture and DIY Science
  • Scotland Decides - a series examining the political questions shaping our scientific future
  • Science at the HeART of Things - an exhibition and installation programme showcasing artists inspired by science
  • The Reading Experiment - a campaign celebrating science writing in all its forms
  • Summerhall announced as major new venue partner, hosting a brand new programme of events for all ages
  • Prof Mary Abukutsa-Onyango announced as recipient of the Edinburgh Medal 2014
  • Last year’s Edinburgh Medal recipient and Nobel Prize winner Prof Peter Higgs to appear in discussion

Selected past EISF coverage


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