Minecraft, ugly animals and 'live' neurosurgery - some highlights of the Midlothian Science Festival
- David Pollock
- 11 September 2014
The festival also covers superhero genetics, science fiction and rocket-launching
Now entering its third year, Midlothian Science Festival is well on its way to proving the increased popularity of science isn’t just a matter for those in urban areas. In its first year it held 30 events, last year it held 70, and now it’s back for round three. From Dalkeith to Danderhall and Lasswade to Loanhead, Midlothian Science Festival’s aim is to provide what it calls a ‘non-threatening entry point’ to science as an area of interest and a career for local people.
Across numerous venues, including the Roslin Institute and many public libraries, events over two and a half weeks in October will be aimed at experts and novices, young and old. There will be an afternoon of displays, activities, walks and rocket launching at Science in the Glen (Roslin Glen, 5 Oct), while writer and television presenter Simon Watt introduces his Ugly Animals Show (Royal Dick Vet School, 4 Oct).
The Superhero Genetics Show (Roslin BioCentre, 4 Oct) wonders whether superpowers will ever be scientifically possible, Ken MacLeod discusses his and his old friend, the late Iain M Banks’ science fiction writing at Science in Science Fiction (Mayfield Library, 10 Oct) and there will be a ‘live’ neurosurgery event at NeuroTheatre (Lasswade Centre, 11 Oct), while Explore Minecraft (Gorebridge Library, 18 Oct) and the Glow in the Dark Workshop (Penicuik Library, 16 Oct) are just two of the events aimed at younger aspiring scientists.
Various venues, Midlothian, Fri 3–Sun 19 Oct.