College of Science & Engineering

Science Engagement in the College

The College of Science and Engineering will be leading and taking part in a wide range of events over the next few weeks as part of British Science Week and also as part of the preparations for the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Presented here are just a few of the events with which we will be involved.

microscope learning

The SCI-FUN Roadshow - the College's mobile science centre covering a wide variety of scientific concepts - will be visiting the Strathearn Festival of Science (27th February), the Dunbar SciFest (5th-6th March), and the Moray Science Festival (12th March) over the next few weeks before being part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival in two venues. Firstly, they will be in the National Museum of Scotland (5th-6th April) and then supporting the Symmetries in Light event in Old College (7th-10th April) which itself will also be running on 3rd-5th April. A full list of SCI-FUN events is available here:

Dunbar SciFest will also be including activities from our Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemistry ahead of the festival in Edinburgh.

Chemistry will be going 'green' on 5th-6th March and looking at how the chemists at the University of Edinburgh are making the planet a greener place ( Later in the month (26th-30th March) they'll be over at the National Museum of Scotland as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival ( Join them in making slime, bioplastics and bouncing balls, both at drop-in activities and the midday 'Fantastic Plastic' workshops.

On Saturday 5th March, science communicators and PhD students from the School of Biological Sciences will be facilitating hands-on microscopy activities, allowing visitors to discover the exciting world of nature using microscopes. Visitors can find out what butterfly wings, fruit flies and microorganisms look like up close, or bring something along to look at!

metal chicken experiment

The School of Mathematics will be taking their 'Finding the Arc in Architecture' exhibit to the National Museums Scotland Challenge Day on Sunday 13th March, where visitors will learn through hands-on activities how maths is used in architecture. The exhibit will then appear at the Edinburgh International Science Festival from the 26th to 30th March (

Further afield, Prof Mary Bownes will be discussing the place of zoos in today’s society in a unique event taking place in Irvine, North Ayrshire. With the days of international travel and amazing wildlife programmes on TV, people now have a much greater understanding of the welfare needs of wild animals. So do zoos still have a place in today’s society and if they do, what is it? More information and booking details here:

Finally, the first Arran GeoFest is being held 18th-20th March. Arran has a diverse geological history from reptiles to volcanoes. The weekend has a diverse range of activities for the whole family. The team from the School of GeoSciences is running an exciting variety of family friendly hands-on exhibits focusing on volcanic eruptions and fossil hunting. Full details at: