Frequently Asked Questions

What is Edinburgh International Science Festival?

The Science Festival is Scotland's first annual celebration of science and technology and is still one of Europe's largest. This two week event seeks to inspire and amaze our audiences and encourages all ages to get involved in science with our varied range of events, lectures and workshops. Throughout the year, Generation Science, our schools touring programme, takes science into schools, engaging children all over Scotland.

What are the dates for 2014 festival?

The Science Festival will run from 5 to 20 April 2014

How can I get hold of a printed programme?

We will be launching the next Science Festival programme in early 2014 - at this point you will be able to pick up copies of the programme at distribution sites around Edinburgh including Waverly Station, National Museums Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe shop on the High Street.

If you could like us to send one out to you at launch, please e-mail your details to and we'll pop one in the post.

How long do talks normally last?

Unless otherwise specified, the talks last for an hour and a half.

Are there any free events?

Yes, we have a selection of events which are free. The National Museum of Scotland and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh have a range of free events for children, and our photography exhibition in St Andrews Square is also free. Check the brochure or website for information about free events, and to find out whether you need to book in advance or if you can just turn up on the day.

Where are all the events held?

The Science Festival is on all across Edinburgh and some of its outlying areas. Check to see which venue the event you are attending is on, for example a lot of the talks for adults are held the National Museum of Scotland but there are also some events in Teviot. City Art Centre is one of our main venues for children, but we also have a great selection of events held at the National Museum of Scotland, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Edinburgh Zoo.