Edinburgh International Science Festival 2012 - highlights

Derren Brown and giant eyes among the top events at this year's EISF

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This article is from 2012.

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2012 - highlights,Edinburgh International Science Festival 2012 - highlights

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.

Highlights include photography project Invisible Worlds, presently at St Andrews Square, examining the hidden realms of the big and small; mind-man Derren Brown appearing in conversation with Richard Wiseman; and InMotion at the National Museum of Scotland, celebrating the science of human movement (especially apt in Britain’s Olympic year). The Museum is also hosting a workshop about the physics behind good DJing and author Marcus Chown talking about the solar system.

As ever the programme is suitably attired for young and old: adults can walk across burning coals in Firewalking, challenge their senses in Sensory Dining, or discover the science behind dad dancing with The Dancing Brain. The Scottish Storytelling Centre will be running one week of kiddy friendly events, as well as lectures for over 18s including an examination of the science behind sex and a look at topical questions about infinity. The Royal Botanic Gardens will teach the weans about the dairy industry and chocolate production, whilst grown ups can find out about sustainable fish-eating and so-called superfoods. Don’t miss the BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory team, either, presenting free live shows in the Usher Hall and drop in activities on the Mound Precinct.

The Filmhouse is also getting in on the act, running a series of science-inspired films including Frankenstein, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Gattaca.

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.

Various venues, Edinburgh, 30 Mar–15 Apr.

This article is from 2012.

Edinburgh International Science Festival

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.

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Bang Goes the Theory Interactive Arena

Have a go at some fun experiments and learn some nifty science tricks in the Bang Goes the Theory team's interactive arena. All ages. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Bang Goes the Theory Live Science Shows

An action-packed live stage show from the team behind BBC One's highly popular science and technology show. All ages. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Derren Brown: The Conversation

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.

DJ Physics

Physicist and DJ Martin Archer explains the science between cueing, beat matching and mixing. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Firewalking

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.

From Trees to Galaxies: Wonder Tales from Science.

Original stories for kids combining scientific wonder with ancient myth. Ages 5+. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

InMotion

A series of events and workshops based on human movement in relation to sport, technology and dance. Fun for all ages!

Invisible Worlds

Hear about the findings of NASA's groundbreaking Kepler mission. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Invisible Worlds

A blend of science and art offering a view on things not normally visible to the naked eye, be it because they are too big or too small to be seen. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Planet Basher

Join the creators of the Basher Science books to bring to life a special new character. Ages 7+. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sensory Dining

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+.

The Dancing Brain

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.

The Other Side of Sex

An insight, courtesy of three leading scientists, into the much-misunderstood role of sex hormones in how men and women act. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Solar System: The Ultimate Grand Tour

Author Marcus Chown takes listeners on a glorious tour around the solar system. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tweeting the Universe

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.

Visual-Eyes

Find out all about eyes and why they go wrong with the help of a giant eyeball, some lenses and simulator goggles. Ages 7+.

Which Came First …

Storyteller Amanda Edmiston explores the uses of plants in real life and fairy stories and legends alike. Ages 7+. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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