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Antibiotics Apocalypse

No new antibiotics have been introduced since 1987, but new pathogens are emerging and existing bacteria are developing resistance to drugs. Nesta have established the Longitude Prize, which offers £10 million to anyone who can come up with a way to prevent the rise of antibiotic resistance. Join Longitude Committee…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Apollo 21: Lost Among Stars

It’s 1975 and the Apollo programme – the golden age of space travel – is coming to an end. Tara Beckett is boarding Apollo 21, a dream come true. But soon after reaching orbit, the mission is thrown into jeopardy. Lost, alone, and running out of air, will she make it back to Earth or is she destined to wander between…

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Wed 15 Apr

£6 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

App Developer Workshop

Learn how to become an app developer and create and use your very own smartphone app. You'll learn the essentials of designing and programming a mobile app for iPhone or Android, using an intuitive and easy to use platform that's perfect for first-timers but also loaded with features for more adventurous developers. Ages 8+

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 6 Apr

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Art of Science

From biological sciences to particle physics, this exhibition of striking images and objects celebrates the diverse and surprising range of scientific research going on right now at The University of Edinburgh. Be inspired and ponder the science at the heart of so many aspects of our lives. All Ages

University of Edinburgh Visitor Centre

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Arup Lecture 2015: Old Cities, New Ways, Perpetual Places

How can new materials and new manufacturing, installing and monitoring techniques in design, engineering and construction preserve and enhance a great city like Edinburgh? Graham Dodd and Graham Gedge of the Material Consulting Group within Arup will share a possible cutting-edge future for our city, where important…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Astro-teenies

A chance for very little ones to explore some of the fantastic things in the National Museum of Scotland as they reach for the stars in our space-themed story sessions. There'll be songs, science sensory activities and more. Perfect for ages 0–3 with an adult helper. Under 3

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 3 more dates until 19 Apr

Astro-tots

Toddlers will love our space science adventure as they explore some of the fantastic things in the National Museum of Scotland with space-themed stories, songs and mini experiments. Perfect for ages 3-5 with an adult helper.  Ages 3+

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 3 more dates until 19 Apr

At the Fringe of Reason: Skeptics in the pub

Edinburgh Skeptics head back to the pub for Science Festival 2015. In the heart of the city that was at the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment, the Skeptics will consider a selection of topics relating to science, reason and critical thinking at the Banshee Labyrinth. Join them on Tuesday 7 April to hear about Animal…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Because You Know… It's All About That Brain

Between 2013 and 2014, 5,000 young people in Scotland became homeless due to family relationship breakdown and conflict. But what are the causes and effects of conflict and what role does the brain play? The Cyrenians' pioneering Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) collaborates with professionals in the fields…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 13 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Becoming an Engaging Researcher – Engage

Mini conference for postgraduate research students, research staff and academics.

Barony Hall, Glasgow

Fri 8 May

Times to be confirmed / Free

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Big Solutions in Big Data

Some might say we’re drowning in data: we currently generate 2.5 quintillion bytes every day! Capturing ‘big data’ offers a host of opportunities for understanding our behaviour, but there are complex challenges in analysing, storing, and visualising this information, and social and ethical considerations around our…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Black Gold, White Lies: the truth about North Sea oil

North Sea oil was a big issue in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum. Now the referendum is over, we want to know how much oil is really left in the North Sea and what its value is. Can we find a way to extract it all in a commercially and technologically viable way? Or perhaps we should concentrate our…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Blue Poppy (Meconopsis) Workshop

This one day workshop will look at cultivation and propagation techniques for successfully growing Meconopsis. Learn how and when to sow seed, divide plants and learn how we grow Meconopsis at RBGE. Taught by Alan Elliott.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 13 Jun

Lecture Room 2

£50 Booking required. Please call the education office on 0131 248 2937 to book. (Members £45) / 0131 248 2909

Born To Dance

Dr Peter Lovatt, psychologist and ‘Doctor of Dance’ at the University of Hertfordshire is back at the Science Festival by popular demand. He has partnered up with Bangor University's dancer-turned-neuroscientist Dr Emily Cross for an on-your-feet investigation of the mechanics of how we read the world when we get on…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Brain Box

What's in the Brain Box? There are clues inside but you'll need to use your brain to work it out! Become a brain scientist, find out how amazing your brain is and investigate how it works. Follow us on Twitter @brainboxone. For ages 8-12. Ages 8+

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Brain, Mind, and Consciousness… But What About the Soul?

Science has been remarkably effective at describing the natural world, including human beings, so how do we think about the ‘soul’? A panel from The University of Edinburgh will discuss perspectives on the existence (or non-existence!) of an immaterial soul, one of the toughest questions in scientific and religious…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Brainwaves Ceilidh

Following last year’s sell-out Science Ceilidh, join us to celebrate the British Neuroscience Association's Brainwaves  mini festival with all your favourite dances rejigged with a twist of neuroscience. Collaborating with local researchers and students from The University of Edinburgh, the Science Ceilidh Band will be…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Bright Bread and Crafty Cranachan

Join food scientists from The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health in a quest to improve Scotland's diet as you make and taste familiar Scottish recipes with a healthier twist. Recipes are taken from the Institute's new book, which exchanges and enhances ingredients to make these delicious dishes healthier and more…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Bruno Pontecorvo: Physicist and Atomic Spy

Join Tam Dalyell (MP for West Lothian 1962–2005 and columnist for New Scientist 1967–2005) in conversation with acclaimed physicist Prof Frank Close of the University of Oxford as they explore the life of Bruno Pontecorvo, a brilliant atomic physicist who defected from the West to the Soviet Union at the height of the…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Burke's Bones and Other Curiosities from the Anatomy Collections

For those who bask in the bizarre, why not come along to this revealing talk about the University's Anatomy Collection? From death masks of notable figures to a notebook with a cover that will make you feel just a little queasy, get a glimpse of some of the collection's wealth of artefacts and oddities. And while you are…

Anatomical Museum, Edinburgh

Sat 16 May

Free

Part of Festival of Museums.

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Buzz Around the Botanics

Join Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the Open Air Laboratory in the hunt for bees and other minibeasts at the Botanics. Pick up your guide to identification and a recording sheet, explore the Garden, noting what you see, then add your results to our big map. All young scientists taking part will receive an activity pack…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Can robots evolve?

As robots become more embedded in everyday life they are also cooperating and adapting to each other, similar to the swarming behaviour seen in ants, birds and fish. Prof Jon Timmis, Director of the York Robotics Laboratory, will explain, with interactive demonstrations, how biology is now influencing robotics research.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sun 12 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Catching the Rainbow: plants, people and solar cells in Scotland

The Schools of Chemistry and Biological Sciences at The University of Edinburgh combine to present an intriguing comparison of how humans are replicating some of the processes that plants use to interact with the sun and what the rise in solar energy in Scotland means for our society.  Dr Neil Robertson  will describe how…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 13 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Chain Reactor

This machine is quite simply bonkers. It’s 10 metres of unstoppable reactions as the wonders of chemistry are revealed in a procession of knock-on effects. Stay behind the Danger Line as acids splash and alkalis flow and if you’re very lucky, you'll get to start the whole process using the spectacular Toroidal Vortex…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

The Chemistry Show

Prepare yourself for bangs, colours, flames, foam and possibly learning something! How can we make cars that don’t harm the environment? What happens when things get really cold? And why should you cover your ears when Paul Murray and Robin Andrews light a match? The vibrant chemistry show returns, jam-packed with…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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