Edinburgh International Science Festival powered by EDF Energy is Europe’s biggest science festival and a major event in the world’s Festival city. The Festival takes place from 1–16 April 2017 exploring the intersection of science and technology with the digital and creative industries and inviting audiences to Get Connected - to science, to one another and to the global community, as we attempt to secure the sustainable future we want to inhabit.
Creative Director Amanda Tyndall said: “Conflict, cultural divisions, demographic shifts and environmental degradation are not new, but what is new is the degree to which we are all connected – both in real time and virtually in a wired world – to these issues and to each other.
“These virtual, digital connections offer exciting opportunities for creativity, society and the economy. Science is at the heart of the technology, tools and techniques that have fuelled digital innovation, and Edinburgh is home to many established heavyweights, and innovative start-ups, that are driving global connectivity.
“We are interested in what it means to live in this Information Age through mind-expanding talks, interactive experiments, theatre shows, interactive exhibitions such as Play On, sociable science activities and artistic installations for all ages.”
With around 250 speakers and 270 events across 29 venues, this Science Festival promises to be the most spectacular ever!
The Edinburgh International Science Festival also celebrates Edinburgh’s festivals’ 70th anniversary this year. In 1947, in Edinburgh, a unique idea was born; the Edinburgh festivals created a platform for culture to bring people together, to reimagine a better future and help heal the wounds of war. The city set about reclaiming its place as a beacon of Enlightenment – a global hub for creative, scientific and cultural excellence, promoting innovation and international exchange – and became the world’s leading festival city of which the Science Festival is proud to be a part.
EventScotland is again supporting this year’s Festival through its International Programme Fund. The funding is supporting Moments in Time, a free, interactive, family-friendly exhibition in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre, and is one of the main highlights of this year’s Festival celebrating Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.
Located on the Mound Precinct, it consists of 4 Scottish style police-boxes, each with a different theme. Enlightenment box, developed in partnership with Edinburgh City of Literature, introduces 18th century poet Alison Cockburn hosting a salon filled with 3D-printed items from the era and other interactive exhibits. Grimy and mechanical Industrial Revolution box looks at how the new inventions and opportunities influenced the contemporary lives while the Information Age box aims to recreate a Roslin Institute laboratory; audience can examine objects in a sterile box where you have to put your hands into gloves and view them through glass. Lastly, 101 Scottish inventions box puts the various ground-breaking discoveries such as Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone (1876) and A G Barr’s Irn Bru (1901) in the spotlight, celebrating the free education system in Scotland which has been facilitating these discoveries since the Reformation age.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “EventScotland is delighted to once again be supporting the Edinburgh International Science Festival. The festival is the perfect stage to celebrate the pivotal moments in Scotland’s scientific history as part of our Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, and Moments in Time will truly bring to life the huge array of ground-breaking discoveries by Scottish scientists that have changed the world.
“The Edinburgh International Science Festival is also a wonderful way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as a festival city. As a key event on the city’s festival calendar, the Science Festival truly ensures Edinburgh’s reputation as a year round destination is justified.”
To browse all Edinburgh International Science Festival events go to www.sciencefestival.co.uk.