Edinburgh Science Festival

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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 marked 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 2020 festival takes place in April. Details to be announced.

2019 EISF Highlights

  • Since 2011, the City Art Centre has been the hub 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 cutting-edge, hands-on science for children (Tues 9 & 10th April)
  • The prestigious Edinburgh Medal is awarded to Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC).
  • A free, open-air photography exhibition, A Human Touch, shows human Impact on planet Earth in front of the Scottish Parliament.
  • Food tastings and workshops as GastroFest explores the science of food.
  • Science in the Spotlight returns with another world premiere theatre Production: Melody and Sam: Record Breakers, a tender and hilarious story of friendship and breaking world records.
  • National Museum of Scotland's Grand Gallery will host Build and Break inviting young visitors. to BUILD IT - build magical structures with super-sized construction blocks - and then head over to BREAK IT to be set loose on a huge pile of discarded electronics with a screw driver and a pair of pliers (under adult supervision!).
  • Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Lab present Metamorphosis, a new contemporary art exhibition exploring where we are today after centuries of engineering the world and environment around us as well Egg, a contemporary circus show about the realities of IVF and egg donation.
  • Programme of family-friendly activities exploring food of Scotland at Botanic Garden.
  • Deep Time Walk to travel across Earth's 4.6 billion year timeline in Holyrood Park
  • Animation Workshops at Collective on Calton Hill
  • ZEVs, hybrids and e-bikes at Evolution Motor Show on Castle Street (13th April)


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