College of Science & Engineering

Public & Schools

The College of Science and Engineering carries out a range of public engagement activities that are aimed at a variety of audiences from schools through to community events.

Activities from across the College

Many parts of the College have their own specific pages to summarise their public engagement activities. A selection of these are listed below: 

 

Extended programmes

A selection of our projects which regularly engage school and community groups throughout the year.

Event name Description
SCI-FUN The SCI-FUN Roadshow takes the experience of a science centre directly to S1/S2 pupils in schools in south-east Scotland as well as to community events further afield. This is achieved with the support of university students.
Life Through a Lens Taking a dramatic approach to science is helping cell biologists inspire school children. 
Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Spectroscopy in a Suitcase gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience.
The Solar Spark

Educating and engaging people in solar energy.

Bright Club participation Comedic academics from Scotland's universities perform stand-up comedy inspired by their research. Authoritatively original, and brilliantly entertaining.
University-wide public lectures There are a wide range of public lectures to choose from across the University.

 

Other public engagement events

Event name  Description Time of year 

Festival of Creative Learning

An annual festival which aimed to inspire, support, and celebrate creative learning at the University of Edinburgh through collaborative events and activities. February
Gather Festival Gather is an annual festival which celebrates the diverse communities and cultures at the University of Edinburgh. March
British Science Week

A ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths - featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

March
Tam Dalyell Prize Lecture A series of lectures presented by the winners of the annual Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science. April
Science on a Summer’s Evening A special evening of lectures, music and hands-on science, showcasing exciting research at the University of Edinburgh. June
LEAPS summer school A seven-week programme for LEAPS-eligible students who are holding one or more UCAS offers. It is a valuable opportunity for students to get a true feel for university study and to impress admissions tutors. July
Kickstart workshops Kickstart is a week long summer school which is free to attend and is designed to provide a fun and useful taster of studying at University. July
Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

Debate, discussion and discourse in the company of some of the fiercest intellects that Scotland has to offer. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

August
Doors Open Day

A chance to explore some of Edinburgh’s architecturally and culturally significant buildings - all for free.

September
Start of Mathematics Masterclasses A set of interactive, hands-on classes aimed at local S2 pupils. Led by experts from academia and industry, these classes broaden mathematical knowledge and emphasise the enjoyment of the subject. September
Midlothian Science Festival A group of innovators, committed to sharing science with communities in Midlothian. October

 

Science Festivals

One of the primary methods through which the College engages public audiences is through our participation in the science festivals across Scotland, a list of these showing when they occur is available below:

 

Get in touch

College Engagement Team

  • College of Science and Engineering
  • The University of Edinburgh

Contact details

Address

Street

College Office
Weir Building, Max Born Crescent
The King's Buildings
West Mains Road

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH9 3BF

 

Related links 

Public Engagement - Information and resources for staff interested or involved in public engagement activities.