Our favourite 10 events at this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival

Our favourite 10 events at this year's Edinburgh science festival

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From Dino Day to Big Bang Bash, our writer picks out some of the must sees at this year's fest

You’d be hard pushed to find something as predictable as a periodic table or a Bunsen burner in Edinburgh International Science Festival’s 2016 programme. This year's programme has just been announced, and among its selection of 272 eclectic events, you'll find insightful discussions, technology workshops, club nights and family activities which celebrate and explore the wonders of science and how it impacts our everyday lives.

Not sure what to see and feeling a bit overwhelmed by the programme? We've picked ou 10 of our favourite events at the festival for your consideration …

Dino Day
Prehistoric family fun. Play with robotic dinosaurs, join a dinosaur egg hunt, discover fossils, meet Velma the Velociraptor and dig up the newest species of ‘saur yourself. Summerhall, Sat 26 Mar.

Slipping the Mind
Guardian science writer and neurologist Jules Montague hosts a discussion on human memory examining how memories are made and stored, how they are affected by technology and the role of nostalgia in making us who we are. National Museum of Scotland, Thu 31 Mar.

Wearable Circuits Workshop
A tech and textile workshop will create a circuit which attaches to clothing, a flag or a banner. Learn some basic electronics and design a circuit using LED lights, buzzers and switches. Summerhall, Thu 31 Mar.

Feeding Time at the Zoo
Hear from the keepers and nutrition experts about Edinburgh Zoo’s initiatives around sustainable food production, visiting the penguins for canapés and the chimpanzees for starters along the way. Edinburgh Zoo, Fri 1 Apr.

Big Bang Bash
Houston, we have a party. Enjoy themed cocktails, spacesuit selfies, a portable planetarium, roving scientists performing experiments, a science ceilidh and a DJ at this intergalactic themed night. National Museum of Scotland, Fri 1 Apr.

The Food Waste Meal
Scottish households throw away 566,000 tonnes of food every year. Sample dishes made from scran that might have been binned and get tips from food experts on how to be less wasteful. Summerhall, Tue 5 Apr.

Next Generation Mindfulness
Part talk, part experience, this event looks at the integration of meditation with technologies to help us engage with both the real and digital world as well as how mindfulness can promote better health. Summerhall, Tue 5 Apr.

Lost at Sea
Children's theatre company Catherine Wheels present a playful show for ages 8–12 exploring how 28,800 bath toys accidentally helped scientists map the sea’s currents. Summerhall, Tue 5–Thu 7 Apr.

Full Spectrum
Music meets tech wizards in this sell-out science festival club night by EISF and promoter / DJ Astrojazz. It promises top DJs, live algorithm inspired visuals and audience responsive rave aids. Summerhall, Fri 8 Apr.

Edinburgh Mini Maker
A chance for the whole family to check out the technology that creative makers are developing across the country. There are gadgets and gizmos aplenty with software, hardware and food. Summerhall, Sun 10 Apr.

Edinburgh Science Festival

Hands-on science for families in venues across the city with a programme ranging from the entertaining to the controversial and, of course, the icky. The theme for 2020 is Elementary with events focusing on earth, air, fire and water, plus fifth element 'aether'.

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