College of Science & Engineering

Doors Open Day at King's Buildings

On Saturday 29th September King's Buildings will open its doors to visitors as part of Doors Open Day 2018.

Since its establishment in 1920, the King’s Buildings campus has experienced vast transformation. On Saturday 29th September 2018, visitors can find examples of architectural developments across the site and discover more through our information panels. Additionally, there are a variety of interactive activities and lab tours through which the whole family can explore cutting-edge research across the sciences, and maybe try ice-cream freshly made with liquid nitrogen...

Further details are below and on the day visitors can collect a map from our purple-shirted assistants to help find their way across campus.

Visitors are advised to enter campus using the entrances (gateways 1 and 2) on West Mains Road (see map in leaflet below for details).


Grant Institute building
Grant Institute building

Grant Institute, School of GeoSciences

The Cockburn Museum, housed in the Grant Institute, holds an extensive collection of geological specimens and historical objects which reflect Edinburgh's prominent position within the geological sciences. A variety of activities, suitable for all ages, explore topics from fossils to volcanoes.

Cockburn Museum website

Cockburn Geological Museum Facebook page

Twitter: @CockburnGeol / @GeosciencesEd


Joseph Black building
Joseph Black building

Joseph Black, School of Chemistry

The oldest building on campus, it is named after Black (1728–1799), an early Professor of Chemistry at Edinburgh, who discovered carbon dioxide and latent heat. Visitors can tour the building including our stunning new social space incorporating the School of Chemistry museum, and family drop-in activities (suitable for all ages) let you explore our research and meet our chemists.

School of Chemistry's Public engagement page

Twitter: @EdinburghChem



Roger Land building
Roger Land building

Roger Land Building, School of Biological Sciences

The architect, Sir Basil Spence, is best known for his modern redesign of Coventry Cathedral. After being the base for several different institutes since the 1960s, the Roger Land Building has recently been renovated to house researchers from our School of Biological Sciences, who will be present to engage visitors with interactive activities and displays based our exciting research.

The School of Biological Sciences

Synthsys - Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases

Twitter: @SBSatEd / @SynthSysEd / @edin_EID / @WTcell




James Clerk Maxwell Building
James Clerk Maxwell Building

James Clerk Maxwell Building, Level 2 (ground floor), School of Physics and Astronomy

James Clerk Maxwell is one of Scotland’s most important scientists: his most significant work was the theory of electromagnetism.

On Doors Open Day, guided tours of the modern laboratories showcasing our contemporary research are offered, alongside hands-on demonstrations and experiments suitable for all ages.

School of Physics and Astronomy

Latest news from the School of Physics & Astronomy

Twitter: @PhysAstroEd


Peter Wilson building
The Peter Wilson Building

Peter Wilson Building, SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College

The Peter Wilson Building is the headquarters of SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College, Scotland’s leading land-based higher education institution delivering teaching, research and consultancy in agriculture and the environmental, plant and animal sciences.  Explore how important bees are for growing the food we eat and visit our horticulture teaching facility.


Twitter: @SRUC


Flowave building
Flowave Building

FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, School of Engineering

This is one of the world’s most sophisticated onshore laboratories for replicating ocean conditions and testing ocean technologies, and is in great demand by academic and industrial research groups globally. See how complex ocean conditions are recreated through test tank demonstrations taking place at half hour intervals from 10am to 4pm.



School of Engineering Twitter


The College's School of Informatics buildings on Crichton Street will also be opening over the course of the Doors Open Day weekend. Guided tours of the buildings should be booked in advance, and there will be the opportunity to discover more about two student collaborative projects. For further details, and booking links, visit: