5 Things To Do At Edinburgh International Science Festival

4 April 2015

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2015

After attending a couple of fantastic engaging events last year, I was excited to see what this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival had to offer. And, boy, it hasn't disappointed. As soon as I was lucky enough to attend the launch presentation at my work, I was feverishly jotting down events in a to-do list fashion. Fortunately, I was also invited to attend the launch of the GastroFest food programme strand at Summerhall at the end of March (something I also did last year, as you can read about here) and it was amazing. I'll fill you in on what to expect from the GastroFest: SciMart later on in this post.

So, without further ado, here are the events you should definitely attend at the festival this year..

LateLab: Beauty by Design
Friday 17 April
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
£10 / £8 conc. / £5 #SciPals students

Beauty by Design is an exhibition currently being hosted by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery which looks to highlight "cultural commonplaces about beauty and body image by linking the renaissance art collections of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery to contemporary fashion". The LateLab event will feature expert talks around the subject.

DIY Mouse Taxidermy
Saturday 18 April, Summerhall

I had to include this unique event. Definitely a bit of a niche subject and a bucket list kind of activity, but who else could say they'd spent their Saturday afternoon preparing their own taxidermy to stick on their mantelpiece? A mouse reading a book.. or a top hat wearing mouse? The choices are endless.. Perhaps not one for the squeamish. Presented by Of Corpse Taxidermy.

Also, er, please be warned: "do not bring any dead animals with you"

Big Bang Bash
Friday 10 April, National Museum of Scotland
£12 / £10 conc.

Maybe I'm being a little biased as a Museum digital girl who has spent the last month promoting this event on social media (!), but I'll certainly be at the Big Bang Bash this year! Set to be a party filled with spacesuit selfies, portable planetariums, mind-blowing experiments, vintage sci-fi films & inspiring talks, it's definitely going to be an evening like no other.. Hop to it.

GastroFest: SciMart
Sunday 5 April, Summerhall
£5 / under 5's go free

From nervously knocking back insect canap├ęs (Gillian's face says it all); to nibbling away at chocolates which look like galaxies; and eating ninja buns, it was a strange ol' wonderful night.. And the actual Sci Mart looks set to be even more spectacular! Sad to be missing this event tomorrow as I'm home for Easter, but I urge you to head along for a taste of some incredible producers who will "showcase the importance of science in the most delicious way possible".

The Science of Game of Thrones
Friday 10 April, Summerhall
£8 / £6 conc. / £4 #SciPals students

Ever wondered if it's actually possible for fire-breathing dragons to roam the earth? Or, what happens when royal families inter-breed? These and many other questions will be unearthed at this fun event filled with experiments & demonstrations by comedian Helen Keen and science communicator Ian Simmons. I'm sure to be at this one alongside my trip to Big Bang Bash! That'll be some night..

You can see the rest of the Science Festival events here.

Psst! Are you a student? Choose the #SciPals option for discounted tickets at many of the Edinburgh International Science Festival events this year. Well worth it. I'm wishing I could wave my student card around nowadays.. boo.


Thanks for reading! x