Edinburgh Science Festival

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Founded in 1988, the Edinburgh Science Festival brings together a programme of around 250 educational and interactive activities for the wee ones, and events and talks for adults in 34 venues across town. The festival aims to provide a fun introduction to the world of science, technology, engineering and maths.

The 2020 science festival marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day taking as this year's theme "Elementary" The festival, which has had to defend its partnerships with fossil fuel corporations in previous years, includes a series of events around climate change. As well as the many STEM activities for kids, there is an oceanic theme reflecting Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters in 2020.

UPDATE: The 2020 Edinburgh Science Festival, due to take place between 4th and 19th of April, has been cancelled.

2020 EISF Highlights

  • City Art Centre: the Science Festival's hub since 2011 for kids with interactive activities over five floors, such as ER surgery, Blood Bar, Dig Up a Dinosaur, and build your own robot
  • Experimentarium takes over The Pleasance with 5 days of hands-on science for children
  • Into the Blue oceans photography exhibition on Portobello Promenade from 18 March
  • Pale Blue Dot a "multi-sensory" exhibition National Museum of Scotland 
  • Elemental at Summerhall, a digital immersive experience combining magic, alchemy and science
  • GastroFest Food tastings and workshops exploring the science of food
  • Programme of family-friendly activities exploring food of Scotland at Botanic Garden.
  • European Stone Stacking Championships, Dunbar
  • The annual Edinburgh Medal address by Indian environmentalist and activist Sunita Narain

Selected EISF coverage


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

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Telephone (info)
(0131) 553 0320
Telephone (box office)
0131 226 0005