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FESTIVAL – Edinburgh International Science Festival, 23 March – 7 April 2013

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2013 Edinburgh International Science Festival

The Edinburgh International Science Festival celebrates its 25th year in 2013

The Edinburgh International Science Festival celebrates 25 years of introducing audiences of all ages to innovative and entertaining science and is marking the occasion with a diverse programme of events over two weeks from 23 March.  The 2013 Science Festival looks forward to the next 25 years and invites visitors to explore the future of our lives, our cities, our food, our play, our medicine, our challenges and our world.

The 25th Edinburgh International Science Festival offers a number of stunning visual spectacles including a specially-commissioned, experiential sculpture from New-York based artist Jason Hackenwerth which will reach from floor to ceiling in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland.  Visitors can enjoy not only the finished artwork from 29 March, but also can watch the artist create the piece from 23 March.

A stunning outdoor photographic exhibition in St Andrews Square, which has already launched, celebrates the work of some of the world’s leading photographers who have been inspired by natural symmetry.  Patterns in Nature examines the glorious beauty and complexity of nature from individual snowflakes to the stripes of an angelfish.  Landscape architect Charles Jencks and artist and sculptor Peter Randall-Page look at how nature has inspired their work.

23 March - 7 April 2013

The 2013 event programme is as innovative and engaging as ever and looks to tackle the challenges of the future, today.  Audiences can explore the innovations that will transform the cities we live in and the energy that powers them; experience the cutting edge developments that can alter and enhance the human body; and take the chance to question the ever-increasing prominence of technology in our lives.

The special future themed programme strands cover everything from Future Food – where diners are tempted with alternative menus of insects and invasive species (Eating Aliens 28 March, The Adaptation Diet 30 March) to Future Play, which includes the chance to make the whole city a playground in a specially designed interactive quest (Edinburgh City Sci-Quest 23 March – 7 April, Why We Play 27 March).

Future Worlds looks to the skies with an appearance from Mark Thomson, fresh from co-hosting Stargazing LIVE with Professor Brian Cox (Stargaze with Mark, 27 March) while One Way Ticket to Mars (5 April) sees Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and Director General of Mars One, discussing the project that is currently recruiting volunteers for a first attempt at interplanetary migration in 2023.

Those looking for an inspiring, creative and memorable night out can enjoy the Science Festival Lates events where science, music and art collide – starting with the Festival’s opening party at City Art Centre (Science Festival Lates: Opening Party 21 March) and concluding with Mini Maker Faire Afterparty (7 April). The programme also features the return of Festival of the Spoken Nerd with Life, Oh Life and last year’s hugely popular sci-creative series LateLab which takes place at Inspace throughout the Festival.

Family events in the Easter holidays

For families, the Science Festival remains the perfect Easter Holiday adventure.  Edinburgh’s City Art Centre is transformed into a world of scientific adventure, packed with scary skeletons, racing robots and manic monsters. New activities for 2013 include the Polyfloss Factory, where children will help out in a working plastic recycling plant – sorting waste plastic, melting it down and creating brand new colourful products to take home, and Crime Scene Investigation where children can try their hand at forensic investigation and decipher the clues in a crime scene.

Family fun at the City Art Gallery

Other family events around the city include workshops and scientific trails at the National Museum of Scotland and a Malaysian jungle-themed expedition at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The University of Edinburgh presents a programme of events at the National Museum of Scotland and, after entertaining 35,000 visitors at the 2012 Science Festival, the Scottish Government Expo Funded exhibition InMotion will be running at Ocean Terminal, free of charge, from 23 March – 7 April.

Further Information

The Edinburgh Internati0nal Science Festival runs from 23 March – 7 April 2013.

You can find all the details on the official website.

The Edinburgh Science Festival are also on twitter and have a Facebook page.

Download a programme here (PDF) or view it online.

Booking information.


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