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Get Involved

Join Scotland's biggest celebration of science!

This is an open call offering you the chance to be part of the 2020 Edinburgh Science Festival, which will run over two weeks from 4–19 April.

Our call is open to anyone – individuals, groups or organisations – with bright ideas and a passion for communicating them.

In addition to our Call for Ideas, we also have several exciting special projects planned for 2020 which we are seeking expressions of interest for:

  • Go Digital! Aether Artworks
  • Go Digital! Digital Immersive Experience
  • Pale Blue Dot Artist Project

Find out more about each call and how to apply below.

Edinburgh Science Call for Ideas

For 2020, in a year that sees the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, our Festival theme will be Elementary, using the ancient classifications of Earth, Air, Fire and Water as a way to explore the roles that creative thinking, science, technology, engineering and related disciplines have to play in addressing some of the biggest global challenges facing our environment. As some of the ancients did, we add a fifth element, with a special focus on the digital world (our ‘Aether’). For more information, read our Vision Document.

What are we looking for?

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.

Download our 2020 Call for Ideas Guide

Download our Vision Document outlining the 2020 Festival theme

Submit a proposal

Once you’ve read the guide, click here to submit the online proposal form by 5pm on Friday 13 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 Conor Ellis Conor.Ellis@scifest.co.uk