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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.

Pale Blue Dot Artist Project

Calling all artists and creatives! We have an exciting opportunity to get involved with a new exhibition for the Edinburgh Science Festival. Through interactive and innovative design, the exhibition Pale Blue Dot will explore and celebrate our seas and oceans, the science of water and current challenges and solutions. Submit your proposal now.​

"The Earth is the only world known so far to harbour life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” – Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

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.

Inspired by Carl Sagan’s 1990 Pale Blue Dot speech – which highlighted the fragility and uniqueness of our blue planet – and in celebration of the Scottish Year of Coasts and Waters, Edinburgh Science is interested in exhibiting and/or commissioning artistic works on the theme of seas and oceans. This will support new exhibition Pale Blue Dot, housed in the National Museum of Scotland’s Grand Gallery for the duration of the 2020 Science Festival, 4– 19 April.

What we are looking for

We are seeking expressions of interest to exhibit creative works such as (but not restricted to) art, installations, interactives and digital media inspired by the theme of seas and oceans. The works will form part of our exhibition programme for family and adult audiences.

We especially encourage applications from creators based in Scotland but this call is open to anyone, anywhere. 

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