Introduction

Portrait of an Elderly Darwin

2009 marks the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of 'On the Origin of Species'.

The anniversaries offer an opportunity to explore the relationship between Darwin and Edinburgh; the city where Darwin spent two of his most formative years.

The University is hosting a year of lectures, exhibitions and activities to celebrate the bicentenary.

Crowd leaving an event at the Playfair library

Lectures and seminars

The University is hosting a series of lectures and seminars to celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth.

Lectures and seminars

Exhibition opening at the Talbot Rice Gallery

Exhibitions and activities

Darwin inspired exhibitions at the Talbot Rice Gallery, InSpace and the Visitor Centre.

Exhibitions and activities

Crowd clapping at a lecture in McEwan Hall

Audio and video

Audio and video of of our Edinburgh celebrates Darwin events. Watch and listen online or subscribe to our podcast series.

Audio and video

Door leading to the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at the University

Darwin's Edinburgh

Charles Darwin was an undergraduate at the University’s Medical School from 1825 to 1827.

Darwin's Edinburgh

Aubrey Manning

Experts and media

Our Press and Public Relations team can direct you to University academics for expert comment on stories about Charles Darwin.

Experts and media

Think Darwin, Think evolution, think now - brochure cover

Resources

Resources on Charles Darwin, evolution and related topics are available online.

Resources

Ashworth laboratories at King's Buildings campus

Studying opportunities

Choose to study at Edinburgh and you will be following in many prestigious footsteps, including Charles Darwin.

Studying opportunities


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