Science on show
Edinburgh academics will take part in a range of events to showcase the fascinating and funny nature of science at the Midlothian Science Festival.
To be staged 4-19 October, the festival will feature more than 100 events, including talks, tours, film screenings and outdoor activities.
Easter Bush Open Day
A main feature of the festival will be the Easter Bush Open Day, on Saturday 4 October.
Buildings at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Roslin Institute and Scotland’s Rural College will be open to the public 12pm-4pm, and scientists and vets will be on hand to discuss their work.
Ticketed events include an Ugly Animals Show presented by writer and science communicator Simon Watt, and a Superhero Genetics Show, which will examine real-life mutations in human and animal DNA.
Range of events
Edinburgh academics will host a range of other festival events around Midlothian throughout October, including:
Science Alive Gala Day
Shows and activities, including simulated brain surgery at Neurotheatre ‘Live’ Neurosurgery and a Chocolate Alchemy Workshop.
Science in the Saddle
A 20-mile cycle, starting and ending at the Roslin Institute, to show how Edinburgh researchers are working to improve the health and welfare of farm animals globally.
Meet the Cows
A guided tour of the Vet School’s Langhill Farm to showcase 21st-century dairy farming and to offer the chance to ‘meet’ the University’s herd of Holstein Friesians.