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Call For Ideas 2023

Every year the Edinburgh Science delivers one of Europe's largest Festival of Science and Technology.

Next year's #EdSciFest will take place Saturday 1 – Sunday 16 April. Our Call For Ideas is your opportunity to get involved and share your Festival ideas with our Creative Programming Team. 

On this page you'll find all the information you need to find out more about what we're looking for, how to submit a proposal to us and who to get in touch with if you have any questions.

About Us

The Edinburgh Science Festival is the world’s longest running public celebration of science and technology. We’ve been delivering the annual Edinburgh Science Festival since 1989, and in collaboration with more than 80 partner organisations each year we create and curate a vibrant and varied programme of events and experiences as part of Edinburgh’s Festival calendar.   

The Festival delivers events and experiences for the full spectrum of audiences in a variety of ways, from immersive workshops and hands-on activities, to discussions, exhibitions, installations and more. We are passionate about events which highlight the connectivity between science and society, the relevance of science in everyday life and events which draw on interdisciplinary approaches blending science, the arts and creative practices. 

Our Festival Visions & Theme

The theme of the 2023 Edinburgh Science Festival is Let's Experiment – embracing the concepts of experimentation, innovation, creativity, curiosity and invention that lie at the heart of all scientific disciplines. Using the Festival as a living laboratory, we call on audiences of all ages to join us in celebrating all things experimental.

Explore our Vision Document to learn more about 2023 Festival themes.

Vision Document

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for participants working in diverse fields from across the science, art and cutural sectors. We are open to all suggestions; whether it's a fabulous show for all ages, a thought-provoking discussion, an interactive workshop, an immersive experience or an exhibition that brings science to life.

How Do I Get Involved?

Please read our Call For Ideas Guide, which contains useful information about our Festival planning process including benefits, costs and a timeline of next steps if your proposal is accepted for inclusion in the Festival programme. 

Call For Ideas Guide

Submit A Proposal To Us

Once you've read through our Top Tips and Call For Ideas Guide and formed your event idea, click the button below to submit an event idea to us. The deadline for submitting an event idea to us is Sunday 11 September.

Submit a Proposal


For questions relating to Festival programming, please get in touch with Charlie Pike, Festival Programme Manager at

For questions relating to Festival marketing, communications, press or PR opportunities, please get in touch with David Ritchie, Communications Officer at

For questions relating to branding and sponsorship opportunities as part of the Festival, which will give your organisation enhanced coverage and brand visibility througout the city during the Festival, please get in touch with our Development team at


We look forward to recieving your proposals and thank you so much for your interest in being a part of the 2023 Edinburgh Science Festival!

Amanda Tyndall
Festival and Creative Director