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Call for Ideas 2018

Get involved in Scotland's biggest celebration of science!
This is an open call offering you the chance to be part of the 2018 Edinburgh International Science Festival, which will run from 31 March–15 April. Our call is open to anyone – individuals, groups or organisations – with bright ideas and a passion for communicating them.

2018 is a special year in which we will celebrate our 30th edition with the Festival theme of Life, the Universe and Everything, exploring the building blocks of a future world that young people will one day inherit, so that we can all ensure that the future of life on Earth (and beyond?) is a bright one. Within this theme, specific areas of focus will include Future Life, Design for Life, Life on Earth, Human Lives, Sustaining Life and Life Beyond Earth

Find out more about Science Festival 2018

What are we looking for?
We specialise in bringing people together to share ideas and inspiration and look for participants working in diverse fields from across the sciences, arts and cultural sectors. From fabulous shows that enthral people of all ages; to thought-provoking discussions, interactive events and creative performances, exhibitions and workshops that bring science to life for a wide range of audiences, we are open to all suggestions.

How do I get involved?
First read the documents below to find out more about the process. These will help you prepare the information you'll need to fill in the online proposal form.

Download our Guide for External Event Organisers
Download our Tips for Delivering an Event
Download our Notes on Submitting a Proposal

Submit your proposal via the online form below by 5pm on Friday 15 September for your chance to be part of one of the world’s best science festivals.

If you have any questions in the meantime, or want to discuss your ideas further, please contact Eilidh Dunnet at

Submit a Proposal