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: 

For a complete list of public engagement contacts across the College of Science and Engineering, please visit our Public Engagement Advisory Group page.

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.
Glass Lab Creating glass pieces based on Cell Biology research for exhibitions and events.
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

Event name  Description Month

Festival of Creative Learning

A year-long festival which aimed to inspire, support, and celebrate creative learning at the University of Edinburgh through collaborative events and activities. All-year
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
Sutton Trust Summer School This programme helps early sixth-form students build their knowledge in a subject area they’re interested in exploring at university while letting them experience university life and meet like-minded peers. June
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


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



College Office
Murchison House
10 Max Born Crescent
The King's Buildings
West Mains Road

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Related links 

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