School of Informatics

What's on at the Science Festival

Professor Peter Higgs has top billing among University events at this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival.


The Emeritus Professor will accept the Edinburgh Medal at this year's festival, following the recent discovery of a fundamental particle that bears his name.The annual medal is given at the Festival to scientists who have made a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity.

This year it is being jointly awarded to the director-general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Rolf-Dieter Heuer.


Dr Ram Ramamoorthy leads workshops in Intelligent Robotics.

A series of one hour workshops held at the Museum of Scotland will demonstrate the work being carried out at the School of Informatics in Robotics. The two foot high robots will play ‘rock- scissors-paper’ and with a little help from a Microsoft Kinect device, are learning to respond to people’s gestures. The robots will also be honing their soccer skills in preparation for Robocup 2013.


Mini Maker Faire

The Mini Maker Faire is a chance for makers, enthusiasts, geeks, tinkerers, engineers and artists, young and old, to mingle and to show off their work. This showcase is the perfect conclusion to the 25th Science Festival as people from across the Scottish maker community and beyond converge in Edinburgh and celebrate the art of tinkering, fabrication and invention


Late Lab

Science Gets Creative...Following its success in 2012, Inspace will this Festival once again be transformed into LateLab - a creative, social and participatory event space where adults can make, do and interact with art, science and technology. Part installation, part salon, LateLab is the perfect opportunity to meet and mingle with other Festival-goers and speakers, presenting some fascinating events with a unique social twist.

Inspace 6

Dirty Electronics Data Trail

Build a synth and become part of a collaborative sound-sculpture and performance in this hands-on workshop conceived by Dirty Electronics’ John Richards. The resulting penny-drop synthesiser will create a unique data trail and sound every time it is played. Take your synth straight home or accept our invitation to play it in the opening performance of Data Trail at Inspace the same evening.