Science Insights

Science Insights 2020 moves online

Here at the University of Edinburgh, our priority is the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and visitors.

Recognising the rapidly evolving impact of Covid-19, we do not expect to be able to run Science Insights 2020 as planned in July. But we don't want to cancel, so we are busy changing the programme into an online format Science Insights Online, which will run in the same week from 27-31 July 2020. 

S5 pupils in Scottish high schools can apply now for Science Insights Online, and the application deadline is Monday 11 May 2020. If you have already applied for Science Insights 2020 you do not need to apply again, we will be in touch with you about transferring your application. 

If you have any questions and would like to contact the Science Insights team, please email  

Please consult the University of Edinburgh Covid-19 webpages, which we are updating regularly, for detailed advice and support.


Science Insights Online

Science Insights Online is an exciting work experience programme designed to give 5th year high school pupils a real insight into the work and life of research scientists.

Science Insights provides an opportunity for 40 high school pupils to spend a week of their summer holidays following a varied programme of online activities hosted by staff and students from four different University of Edinburgh campuses, gaining a real insight into research and work in many different areas of biological, biomedical and animal sciences.

The annual programme – launched in 2014 by the MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine and The Roslin Institute – now involves all six research institutes in the University of Edinburgh College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, providing access to its cutting-edge facilities and inspiring researchers.

Activities include:

  • Virtual tours of a range of scientific facilities
  • Presentations, workshops and discussions on topics including research ethics, the use of animals in research and careers in science
  • Opportunities for online group chats with current University of Edinburgh students and researchers
  • Skills session to help with future university applications

What Science Insights Alumni say

“The science insights team made everyone feel involved and planned an amazing and insightful week that I won’t forget.”

“It was extraordinarily worthwhile.  If next year’s SI students are going to have anything near my experience then they should know they are in for something special.”

How to apply

Applications for Science Insights Online are open now, with an extended deadline of 5pm Monday 11 May 2020. 

Researchers and students from across the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine participate in Science Insights.

Stories from our Science Insights Alumni and about the programme.

A selection of images from past Science Insights weeks.