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Get Involved!

This is an open call offering you the chance to be part of the 2021 Edinburgh Science Festival, which will run from Saturday 26 June – Sunday 11 July. The world is changing and we are changing with it. Our 2021 Festival will see us deliver some events in new formats and spaces. We're keen to innovate in both our planning and delivery to ensure a safe and quality Festival experience for everyone, and are focusing our energy and efforts on doing things differently to achieve this.

With this in mind, we have a particular interest in outdoor programmes and experiences, including walks, tours, trails, exhibitions and installations, as well as events with the potential to be delivered online that can augment the live Festival experience as much as possible. Our call is open to anyone – individuals, groups or organisations – with bright ideas and a passion for communicating them.

Edinburgh Science Festival 2021 

For 2021, our Festival theme is One World. In a year that sees the us celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first draft of the human genome, the 50th year since the invention of email and the floppy disc, the inception of the World food programme and the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s ground-breaking trip into space, we explore how we are all connected… to each other, to Planet Earth and to the wider Universe. 

We are looking for participants working in diverse fields from across the sciences, arts and cultural sectors. From fabulous shows for all ages, to thought-provoking discussions, interactive events, exhibitions and workshops that bring science to life, we are open to all suggestions.

How do I get involved? 

First, read our Call for Ideas Guide to find out more about the process, including benefits and costs, and a timeline of what to expect if your proposal is accepted. You can also download our Vision Document which outlines our themes for 2021.

Submit a proposal 

Once you’ve read the guide, click here to submit the online proposal form by 5pm onWednesday 23 December 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 Festival Programme Manager Conor Ellis via email.

In addition to our Call for Ideas, we are also seeking content collaborators for an exciting photography exhibition project. Find out more below. 

Photography Exhibition Project 

Edinburgh Science is seeking expressions of interest to contribute existing photographic images to exhibit in the 2021 Edinburgh Science Festival photography exhibition. This large-scale, outdoor photography exhibition will be held in a prominent public location in Edinburgh (previous locations include the Scottish Parliament forecourt, Festival Square, the Mound and Portobello Promenade) with an estimated audience of 56,000 people.  

What are we looking for?

This call is open to anyone - individuals, groups or organisations that can provide existing beautiful, thought-provoking, high-resolution photographic images (at least 5906 x 3545 pixels). We are looking for images that can communicate a scientific story as well as being visually striking. Possible exhibition themes for 2021 include: 

  • Food and sustainability 

  • Human connection to nature  

Submit an expression of interest 

Once you've read the guide, send your expression of interest and links to any relevant images to Creative Projects Officer Emily Raemaekers via email for your chance to be part of this exciting new project.