Illusions, experiments, fire-walking and food are just some of the treats in store at this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival. With events in more venues than ever before, 2012’s programme welcomes scientists, comedians, psychologists, dancers, chefs and photographers to look at scientific phenomena from every angle.
Coinciding with the Easter school holidays, there are, of course, a lot of events squarely aimed at the little ones: Edinburgh’s City Art Centre will be transformed into a science playground, complete with skeletons, robots and manic monsters, with Visual-Eyes (see what they did there?) allowing children the chance to peek inside a giant eye.
We’re exhausted and excited just thinking about it.
Hands-on science for adults, children and families in venues across the city with programme ranging from the entertaining to the controversial and, of course, the icky. This year the festival theme is 'Get Connected' as it explores what it means to live in the Information Age.
Highlights of the 2017 festival include…
Psychological illusionist Derren Brown is quizzed by Richard Wiseman on the tricks of his trade, taking in his thoughts on mind control, hypnosis, the paranormal and more. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Join psychologist Richard Wiseman and the EISF's director Simon Gage as they explore it's really possible to put mind over matter and walk barefoot over hot coals. Ages 18+. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Enjoy a five-course tasting menu full of sensory surprises, guided by comedian Steve Mould, scent technician Ericka Duffy and scientists Professor Charles Spence, Professor Mark Miodownik and Dr Julia Simner. Ages 18+.
Dr Peter Lovatt is a former professional dancer and now psychologist going by the name of Dr Dance; here he leads an interactive session full of fascinating facts about the science of dance and how it affects the brain. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Writers Marcus Chown and Govert Schilling attempt to answer the biggest cosmic questions in the universe in just 140 characters – try and catch them out at this evening event. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.