NEWS – Edinburgh International Science Festival launches 2011 programme

9 -22 April 2011

Edinburgh International Science Festival 9 – 22 April 2011

 Packed programme launched this morning.  

The Edinburgh International Science Festivaltoday launched a packed programme for 2011 where visitors can travel from outer space to the deepest depths of our oceans, join in a Guinness World Record Attempt, experience a new hands-on Chemistry exhibition, enjoy the BBC’s Big Bang Theory Roadshow and meet a real live, space walking astronaut – all in the centre of the city.  

Guest Director, Richard Wiseman

Running from 9 to 22 April 2011, the Science Festival celebrates its 23rd Anniversary by welcoming guest director Richard Wiseman and introducing new venues and partners and offering an exciting expanded series of events for adults.   

With over 200 events taking place in 38 venues across the city on topics ranging from Aardman Animation to the Large Hadron Collider via the Internet, the Pill, the Science of Miracles and the psychology of dog training, the Science Festival offers debate, discussion, information and entertainment for kids of all ages – from toddler to octogenarian.  

Excellent events

The opening event on Saturday 9 April will feature TV’s most extreme scientist Dr Bunhead who we reviewed  during last year’s Fringe .  As part of his heart-stopping, multi-themed barrage of explosions and experiments in the Usher Hall, Bunhead is calling for his audience to become part of the live Guinness World Record attempt to create the longest glow-in-the-dark necklace ever made.  

A series of events telling the story of our oceans will be headlined by Into the Deep, a free exhibition of photographs in St Andrew Square which has been curated by Steve and Kathy Bloom. Open from 25 February to 30 April, Into the Deep features spectacular images by some of the world‟s most respected underwater photographers, which take visitors on a journey from the water‟s surface to the ocean floor. Steve Bloom’s Spirit of the Wild photos were extremely popular last year with residents and tourists alike.  

In addition, The Filmhousewill be showing a number of underwater films including Luc Besson‟s The Big Blue, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea starring Kirk Douglas, while Dr Alan Jamieson explores Beyond the Abyss: Life in the Deepest Places on Earth in an event at the Informatics Centre.  

Fun for all the family

The family programme centres around the City Art Centre where all seven floors will be jam-packed with activities, workshops, performances and hands-on experiments. New for 2011 are the World of Bubbles workshops where ‘bubbleologists’ will make round bubbles square, make children disappear into their own bubbles and generally make bubbles fun. The City Art Centre also sees the return of some old favourites such as ER, Unwrapping the Mummy, Dr Clot‟s Blood-Curdling Adventure, Nina and the Neurons and Rampaging Chariots.    

Family fun at the City Art Centre

The Scottish Storytelling Centreis a new addition to the Science Festival and will be presenting a series of events for young people showcasing children‟s science authors including Professor Lord Robert Winston and Paul Collicutt, and providing interactive storytelling sessions.  

The Family events continue at The Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh which will present a varied programme of walks, activities and exhibitions for all ages whilst Discover Science is a fun, family-friendly event created by the University of Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland and Adam House on Chamber Street. Events will also take place at Edinburgh Zoo, the Scottish Seabird Centre, Our Dynamic Earth and the Royal Observatory.  

The 2011 programme is full of exciting events, so put the dates in your diary and get involved.   

Hard copies of the programme will be available around town and downloadable ones from the Science Festival’s website

You can read our reviews of the 2010 Science Festival here.  

You can find all the details on the official website. The Edinburgh Science Festival are also on twitterand facebook.

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