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:
- Chemistry - Contact Jenny Bos
- Edinburgh Infectious Diseases - Contact Hilary Snaith
- Mathematics - Contact Francesca Iezzi
- Biology - Contact Janet Paterson
- Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology - Contact Sarah Keer-Keer
- EPCC - Contact Lorna Smith
A selection of our projects which regularly engage school and community groups throughout the year.
|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. This is coordinated by the School of Chemistry.|
|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
|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.
|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.
|Doors Open Day||
A chance to explore some of Edinburgh’s architecturally and culturally significant buildings - all for free.
|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|
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 of Science and Engineering
- The University of Edinburgh
- Email: STEM@ed.ac.uk
Weir Building, Max Born Crescent
The King's Buildings
West Mains Road
- Post Code
- EH9 3BF
Public Engagement - Information and resources for staff interested or involved in public engagement activities.