City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh lectures & talks


Science Festival: Ice Man in a Warming World

Fjord and Glacier in East-Central Greenland (NASA)

When looking for signs of global warming, the melting of the world’s glaciers and ice sheets is often cited as the one of most glaring indicators.

Science Festival: Sunfall with Jim Al-Khalili

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Theoretical physicist and broadcaster Prof Jim Al-Khalili is in conversation about his debut novel, Sunfall, with novelist Lin Anderson.

Edinburgh Science Festival

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 mission at Sea of Tranquility, the Moon, 1969

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.

Science Festival Director Amanda Tyndall Tackles Climate Change

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In the sphere of climate change, 19th century Irish physicist John Tyndall (1820-1893) is a giant.

Science Festival: A Very Short Introduction to...Glaciation

Glacier

Glaciers lock up 10% of the world's freshwater. These great bodies of ice play an important part in the Earth's development, carving landscapes, influencing climate and affecting global sea level.

Science Festival: Oceans in Crisis, A Public Debate

Ocean nets and rubbish

We all rely on the seas for their abundant food, mineral and energy resources and yet more than 90% of the deep oceans remain totally unexplored.

Edinburgh Science Director: It's Not Technology Standing in the Way of Saving Planet Earth

Earth viewed from orbit on Apollo 8 - by William Anders, NASA

One of the events around climate change at the Edinburgh Science Festival (6-21 April) takes as its starting point the rallying cry "12 Years to Save the Planet".

Science Festival: How Many Is Too Many?

Over-population

Malthus was right. There is not enough planet to sustain the growing human population, particularly given our species' profligate use of land and resources.

Science Festival: Ocean Power

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The oceans offer the potential for huge amounts of clean energy and Scotland and the UK are poised to be a world leader in the field.

Science Festival: 12 Years to Save the Planet

Climate futures

A panel of experts will discuss ways in which the world might wean itself off fossil fuels in time to avert catastrophic climate change. Recommended age 14+.