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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.

Go Digital! Aether artworks

Calling all artists and creatives! We have an exciting opportunity for you to exhibit new or existing works with a digital aspect at the 2020 Edinburgh Science Festival.

In 2020 the Science Festival explores the theme ‘Elementary’,using the ancient classifications of Earth, Air, Fire Water and Aether as a way to explore some of the biggest global environmental challenges and opportunities.

We live in the Information Age and under the Aetherstrand of the programme Edinburgh Science Festival will in 2020 Go Digital!, exploring ways we use digital and creative technologies to innovate our programme. Our aim is to introduce more technology, engineering and design into the Festival on a permanent basis through online content, augmented live events and new art.

What we are looking for

We are seeking expressions of interest to exhibit works with a creative technology element, such as (but not restricted to) installations, interactives, digital media and device art inspired by science in the broad or by the ‘Elementary’theme of the 2020 Festival. We especially encourage applications from creators based in Scotland but this call is open to anyone, anywhere. The works will form part of our Festival exhibition programme for family and adult audiences, housed at one of our main Festival venues; likely City Art Centre but potentially at other Festival venues such as Summerhall. 

Download our Expression of Interest guide

Download our Vision Document outlining the 2020 Festival theme

Submit a proposal

Once you’ve read the guide, send your Expression of Interest to by 5pm on Friday 30 August 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 Jennifer Casebow