College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Edinburgh Science Festival 2023

The city-wide festival makes a welcome return in April 2023, giving audiences engaging, hands-on science experiences.

Edinburgh Science Festival returns from 1 April 2023 and with it, the opportunity to share our science with new audiences.

Staff and students from across the College have prepared a busy programme of workshops, talks and experiences to help reveal how science works, how evidence is gathered, what our researchers have learnt, and how science is relevant to everyone's lives.

Here's what's on the bill this year:


Let's Experiment

A team of eight professors are set to try a new inaugural lecture format at the festival with our 'Let's Experiment: The Professors' event, where they'll share one idea or experiment that has shaped their working lives.

Let's Experiment: Change and Renewal

Let's Experiment: Head and Heart


Tam Dalyell prize

Dr Sinead Rhodes will receive the Tam Dalyell prize in recognition of her work to include the experience and needs of neurodivergent young people in her research.

Tam Dalyell prize lecture


Oysters in Edinburgh

Guests can taste shellfish as they hear about the potential for oysters to restore ecosystems and provide a sustainable future food source.

Oysters in Edinburgh


Human and planetary health

Links between human and planetary health will feature in another of our partnership events with Dynamic Earth in 'Our Planet, Our Health and Our Future'.

Our planet, our health and our future



Explore the story of neuroscience in Edinburgh through a self-guided walking tour.




At the National Museum of Scotland, our hands-on workshops for young people will reveal how vaccines work, share an insight into life cycles and give time to explore stands from our colleagues in the College of Science and Engineering.

Discover our science


Find out more

You can book tickets and see a summary of all University of Edinburgh events at the festival here:

Hands-on science returns at city festival


These events are open to all. Age-range guides are shared in the programme.