Science Festival at the University

We are again taking part in the Edinburgh International Science Festival with talks, workshops and hands-on activities for the whole family.

Edinburgh International Science Festival logo

ASIMO launches Festival

In a spectacular curtain-raiser to the 2009 Festival, come and meet ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot.

At the University's McEwan Hall, 4-5 April.

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Discover Science

Come and discover science for yourself with a range of exciting science activities for families, provided mainly by University staff and students.

Child at Discover Science trying to beat a robot at Connect 4

Our events include drop-in activities, workshops and shows covering a variety of science subjects.

There’s something for everyone and much of it is free!

“Discover Science with the University of Edinburgh at the Museum” runs from 6 to 14 April.

Events are held at the National Museum of Scotland and Adam House in Chambers Street and also at George Square Lecture Theatre.

What’s on

Dr Bunhead

Science Festival favourite, Dr Bunhead, is back to question what we see on the internet in his show “YouTube: True or False?”.

Or come meet our staff and students and discover:

  • the gory, gloopy goings-on inside the human body
  • how to teach robots new tricks
  • if monsters should uncover their gene secrets
  • how to detect cosmic rays from outer space

Other University events

The University is also involved in some special events which aim to encourage a greater public understanding of science.

Highlights include:

  • ASIMO – a chance to meet the world’s most advanced humanoid robot
  • Prof John Smyth on the future of cancer treatment
  • Dr John McKnight and panel on technical developments which aim to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes.
  • Dr Barbara Webb and Prof Jon Oberlander on robots that are designed to be like animals or humans

See the Science Festival website for full details of all Discover Science and other University events.

Science Festival – Discover Science

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How to book

Discover Science drop-in activities run daily from 10am to 5pm and are FREE with no tickets required.

Tickets for talks, workshops and shows (some are free) are available in advance.

Tickets are available from the Science Festival box office, the University of Edinburgh Visitor Centre and, during the event, the Discover Science ticket desk in Adam House.

Subject to availability, tickets are also available on the day from the Discover Science ticket desk in the Museum.

Booking outlets

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Photo credits: Dr Bunhead courtesy the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Asimo photo by AZAdam, under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License.