Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development


Ready-made platforms for engaging members of the public with your research.

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

About the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, which has run annually at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2013.


How to get involved in FameLab, an international science communication competition organised by Cheltenham Festivals.

Leith Labs

About Leith Labs, the world’s first long-term curated scientist-in-residence programme in a shopping centre – Ocean Terminal – in Leith, Scotland.

Edinburgh Active Citizenship Group

The Edinburgh Active Citizenship Group regularly holds large scale, participatory public seminars on topical issues related to citizenship.


Explorathon is a Scotland-wide public engagement initiative that first ran in 2014. Find out more here.

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Researchers at the University are major contributors to the programme of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Bright Club

Turning your research into a short stand-up comedy set.

Other opportunities

There is a great range of public engagement platforms open to Edinburgh-based researchers.