Science Festival turns Edinburgh into a science playground this summer


A SCIENCE Festival is currently underway, presenting over 200 digital and in-person events for sci-curious minds of all ages.

The Edinburgh Science Festival has the theme of One World: Science Connects Us and Cirrus Logic as its Headline Sponsor.

Programming for the Planet, celebrating women in STEM, and the fight against the global pandemic are this year’s main topics. 

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Photo by the Edinburgh Science Festival. The Festival allows audiences to safely get their science fix this summer and delivering fun family activities for the summer holidays.

Some of the 2021 in-person family highlights include: Oscillation in Light & Sound which invites audiences of all ages to play with giant crystal blocks that come alive through movement, creating a unique light and sound show.

Pale Blue Dot is the exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, celebrating all things marine and Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.

This multi-sensory exploration takes audiences through every layer of the ocean, exploring the vastness, majesty and mystery of our seas.

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Photo by Chris Scott. Back in Edinburgh city centre, audiences can take part in a wide range of walks, tours and trails.

From curious species to amazing ecosystems, oceans bounties and intriguing research, the exhibition sheds light on the marine landscape that is so special and how we can protect one of the most precious habitats on Earth.

For those keen to venture out of Edinburgh, the Festival’s closing weekend will see the European Stone Stacking Championships returning to the beautiful Dunbar beach for the fourth time.

Walking Through the Covid-19 Vaccine is a family-friendly treasure trail offering a unique insight into the science behind the vaccines and answers to some of the most common questions. 

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Photo by Ian Georgeson. University of Edinburgh presents a self-led walk Road to COP26 which allows audiences to discover how climate change is affecting our wildlife.

Focused on mental health, My Depression – Your Depression. Same Name, Different Story showcases stories from adults and young people, their relatives, and researchers, all with a lived experience of depression.

Taking the form of a walking trail around George Square and the Meadows, the project encourages more openness about mental health and highlights the benefits of walking and greenspaces. 

Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020/21, Coastal Knowledge aims to showcase the diverse forms of coastal knowledge, highlighting the importance of coastal communities in Scotland.

Audiences are invited to take a virtual tour of Scottish coasts, explore Edinburgh’s coastal community of Granton with the Curious Edinburgh walking tour. 

With the younger environmentalists in mind, Heriot-Watt University shares its campus with Climate Detectives who will be getting hands-on with nature during a picturesque walk.