Hands-on science returns at city festival

Interactive sessions on the science behind happy couples, ground-breaking experiments and the history and potential of artificial intelligence are among University-led events at the Edinburgh Science Festival.

A group of children taking part in an event at the Edinburgh Science Festival 2022

A wide-ranging programme of events involving Edinburgh experts has been announced, as the citywide festival makes a welcome return to giving audiences engaging, hands-on science experiences.

The Edinburgh Science Festival – the world’s first and Europe’s biggest – takes place from 1 to 16 April 2023.

Among the events is a series that forms part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) research at the University.

The series includes hands-on sessions on AI’s impact on journalism, a chance to see leading-edge robots up close, and a recreation of the MENACE matchbox computer built by Edinburgh AI pioneer Donald Michie in 1961.

Research milestone

The events are the latest development in computer science and AI since the University established its first research hubs in the disciplines 60 years ago. A year-long programme of events will mark achievements over the past six decades and look to the future of computer science and AI at Edinburgh.

More information about the 60 year celebration:

Packed programme

The University community plays a key role in the festival. This year dozens of researchers will share their expertise and insights, leading events and experiences for members of the public.

Below is a list of all the events involving Edinburgh academics, organised by theme.

Let's Experiment – full programme

Explore the full Let's Experiment programme on the Edinburgh Science Festival website.

Full programme

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