Public engagement opportunities
Festivals and events where you can share your research with the public.
Edinburgh International Science Festival
The oldest and still one of Europe’s largest celebrations of science and technology. The University of Edinburgh puts on a Families Programme at the National Museum of Scotland.
Call issued: August
Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at Edinburgh Fringe
The Beltane Public Engagement network organises a series of shows during the Fringe.
Explorathon is Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night. The Night gives researchers the opportunity to share their research with members of the public. All subject areas and career stages are welcome. Your research does not need to be funded by the European Commission, and it does not need to be science-based.
Being Human – a festival of the humanities
From philosophy in pubs, history in coffeehouses, classics on social media and language lessons on street corners – the Being Human festival provides new ways to experience how the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
ESRC Festival of Social Science
The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.
Previously... Scotland's history festival
Previously…Scotland’s History Festival is Scotland’s largest history festival, with more than 200 events in November. We aim to bring Scotland’s history out in to the streets, bars, cafes, bookshops, and even comedy clubs!
Call: Open all year (submit details via website)
Monthly public engagement with research activities at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in Leith. Featuring free hands-on activities, informal discussions over tea and biscuits , a hacked Lab Unit in the middle of the mall for hands-on experiments, there's something for everyone.
Call: None - email us with your idea anytime
There are many other festivals – e.g. for politics, history, mental health and arts; in addition to the 12 major Edinburgh Festivals, which the University engages actively with.
Get an overview of all the festivals in the city (external site)
The Knowledge Exchange Office encourages engagement with humanities and social science research through festivals in Edinburgh and elsewhere. You can apply for the Knowledge Exchange and Impact grant to undertake this activity.
The University provides a range of dedicated support and advice for engagement with festivals. Please contact the Knowledge Exchange office in the first instance (contact details above top right of page). We will direct you to those best placed to help.