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Beacon of Light: The New Edinburgh International Festival and the Arts in Post-war Society

The development of the Edinburgh International Festival and how it promotes discussion.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Science of Lego

The LEGO group produce about 19 billion elements per year, but what makes a simple plastic construction so popular? How strong are LEGO bricks and how does plastic choice affect stability and colour? Edinburgh artist in LEGO bricks, Warren Elsmore, explores all this and more in a fun and informative lecture. Presented by…

Riddle's Court, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£10 (£7.50; Children £5; Family £32) / 0131 220 1232

Ticket includes view of the Brick Wonders exhibition. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Museum Lates: Retro-future

Put on your very best pair of steampunk specs for this 'steam-powered journey' through the NMS collections, exhibiting design and technology from across the ages. Radio 1's Vic Galloway hosts the evening, with a live performance from Withered Hand and DJ Lord Holyrude spinning vintage beats. Plus Red Door Gallery hosts…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 16 May

£12 (£10) for Lates only; £20 (£18) for Lates + jewellery workshop / 0300 123 6789

  • 19:00

Skeptics at the Science Festival

Returning for another year to Edinburgh’s spooky Banshee Labyrinth, the Edinburgh Skeptics will delve into the world of strange and unexpected science with some very different speakers providing a skeptical and insight into some surprising topics. A unique opportunity to enjoy an entertaining and relaxed evening of…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Generation Whine – You've Got It Good!

Panel debate on whether young people in Britain today are the unluckiest generation in recent history or are they simply 'generation whine'.

British Museum, London WC1B

Tue 17 Jun

£22 (Spectator subscribers £19) / 020 7961 0044

Botanics Late: Indigenous?

An after-hours event at the gardens, with live music, exhibitions, activities, a bar and a chance to view Corin Sworn's exhibition.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Cosmologies, Faith and the Environmental Crisis

How do different cosmologies affect the way we treat the environment? Chair Dr Jeremy Kidwell of The University of Edinburgh leads speakers Dr Fazlun Khalid of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Studies and Dr Mark Harris of the School of Divinity at The University of Edinburgh in discussion with other…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Auld Reekie Readers

A new reading group for literary nuts and budding authors.

The City Café, Edinburgh

Mon 21 Apr

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Mon 28 Apr

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Mon 5 May

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00
…and 3 more dates until 26 May

Jim Tribble, Medieval Instrumentalist

A chance to explore the world of early music and ask questions.

Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

This event is free to chapel visitors and pass holders / 0131 440 2159

  • 11:00 – 16:00
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God in the Lab: The Science of Religious Belief

Professors Chris French, Jon Lanman and Glen Carrigan discuss fascinating recent research and findings in religious and atheistic belief systems.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Sat 14 Jun

£10; free entry for Friends of CFI UK (Members £5; Students £5) / 020 7324 3060

  • 11:00 – 15:45

Gregory Elliott: An Enduring Passion – Eric Hobsbawm and Karl Marx

The Marx Memorial Lecture is given by Gregory Elliot, analysing the scholarly record Eric Hobsbawm created, which chronicled history from the French Revolution to the fall of Soviet Communism. Both Hobsbawm and Karl Marx are buried at Highgate.

Highgate Cemetery, London N6

Tue 13 May

Chapel

£7 / 020 8340 1834

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Loch Fyne Food Fair

In operation since 1990, the Loch Fyne Food Fair celebrates the best local produce Scotland has to offer. Alongside Loch Fyne Oysters own seafood stands, the event features live music throughout both days, a craft tent and a dedicated children’s area hosting a whole range of exciting activities. For 2014, the fest has…

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow

Sat 17 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00
  • 19:00

Sun 18 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00

ARTiculation Scotland Competition

S5 and lower sixth students vie for the the Articulation Prize, which promotes the appreciation and discussion of art, by delivering ten-minute presentations to an audience of their peers and art professionals.

Jupiter Artland, Wilkieston

Tue 17 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 01506 889900

  • 18:00

BBC Good Food Show Spring

A large-scale food festival including a host of foodie faces, a 'Bakes & Cakes Village', local producers and more.

Harrogate International Centre

Fri 25 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 3405 4288

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Sat 26 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 3405 4288

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Sun 27 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 3405 4288

  • 10:00 – 17:30
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CFI UK: The Surveillance Society

A discussion on the hot topic of surveillance from the British Humanist Association, with talks from Caspar Bowden, Tom Sorrell, and Judith Rauhofer.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Sat 3 May

£10 (Students £5; Friends of CFI UK free) / 020 7242 8032

Conversation about The James Plays

The creative team behind National Theatre of Scotland's The James Plays discuss their ambitious new project with Jackie McGlone.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Expert Witness

Forensic medicine is without a doubt one science’s most fascinating subjects. Join Prof Antony Busuttil, Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and Forensic Medical Examiner, best known to the public as the pathologist who dealt with the horrors of the Lockerbie bombing and the Dunblane…

Surgeons' Hall Museum, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Insomnia Gaming Festival

A huge weekend of exhibitors, activities, socialising and, of course, gaming, with something for everyone, from families to avid gamers. Plus, live music, Q&As and more.

Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Fri 18 Apr

day access £14–£47; weekend access £30–£35; 24 hour access £35–£40 / 0845 868 1337

  • 10:30

Look How Far We've Come: Getting Racism Back on the Agenda? Conference

A conference on the current state of racism in Britain, which follows a book and DVD under the Look How Far We've Come programme.

Abbey Centre, London SW1P

Thu 8 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7222 0303

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Marcus Chown's Top 10 Bonkers Things About The World

Popular science writer Marcus Chown was set a challenge: write about everything. So he did; in his book, What A Wonderful World. Everything from finance to thermodynamics, sex to special relativity, human origins to the human brain, plus all sorts of things in between. Did you know you are 1/3 mushroom? That you could fit…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Planetarium Shows

Take a tour of the night sky in the planetarium. Learn about constellations, asteroids and galaxies and more. Booking is essential.

Mills Observatory, Dundee

Mon 12 May

£1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

  • 14:00

Mon 9 Jun

£1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

  • 14:00

Wed 17 Sep

£1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

  • 14:00

Stargazing and the Universe

Astronomer Steve Owens (author of Stargazing for Dummies) shares more about the dark night sky, including what planets you can see from your back garden and what a dark sky park is.

Merry-Go-Round, Glasgow

Sat 17 May

£3 (includes wine and nibbles) / 0141 423 2299

Part of Southside Fringe.

  • 19:00

What Happens If Scotland Votes No?

Academics, politicians and representatives speculate about the impending independence referendum.

Trades Hall of Glasgow

Sat 26 Apr

Free (ticketed) / 0141 552 2418

An Fhèis Mhòr: Scotland's Festival Of Paddlesport

Celebrate the diversity of paddlesport (that's canoeing and kayaking, mostly) at this watery festival featuring the Canoe Polo tournament and Pool Slalom competitions. There's also the thrilling Tay Descent race to watch as its competitors journey down the rapids to Perth, and the National Indoor Kayak Championships…

Various venues, Perth

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 16:00
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