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, March 26, 2016 - 10:00am - Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 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.

EISF 2015 Highlights

  • Brainwaves - a series examining the mysteries of Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Light & Enlightenment - UN International Year of Light 2015 illuminates Scotland’s greatest minds
  • GastroFest - a mini-festival about the science of food and drink
  • Energy & Environment - a series debating our global climate future featuring IPCC Chair
    Dr Rajendra Pachauri
  • Numbers That Matter - probing big data and the stats behind our lives
  • The Reading Experiment - a campaign celebrating science writing in all its forms
  • How the Light Gets In - an exhibition showcasing artists working with light
  • Moral Philosopher Mary Midgley announced as recipient of the Edinburgh Medal 2015
  • Edinburgh Medal recipient and Nobel Prize winner Prof Peter Higgs heads list of leading scientists and speakers
  • Science Festival launches #SciPals half-price scheme for students supported by Siemens

Selected past EISF coverage


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