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Revel in all the science this August

Posted: 06 August 2018

The streets are full and the shows overflowing as Edinburgh sinks its teeth into the August Festivals; Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International FestivalEdinburgh Art Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. And for science-lovers it offers another opportunity to dive into explosions, space, nature, food, books and more as tons of science events hit the city.

Below are just some of the science-y events that are on offer. There are loads more! 


Edinburgh International Book Festival 11-27 August: Freedom to Think

The Science Festival firmly believes in giving people the Freedom to Think, digest and evaluate the world around them. It’s one of the many reasons the Science Festival street team will be delivering Sensational Science to families on 11 August, providing joy and excitement to the young audience and giving them the chance to think about life, the planet and more.

Further in the science realm, Charles S Cockell and Caspar Henderson discuss Awesome Science and their lust for life and science as part of the Our Planet and Us event series, followed a few days later by environmental writer Fred Pearce who ponders the nuclear future in Nuclear Power Fallout.

Also part of the series, palaeontologist Dr Steve Brusatte reveals cutting edge technology during his dino-hunting in Picking Over the Bones of the Past.

On a bright side, lecturer, PhD holder and author Michael Brooks and renowned science writer Tim Radford explore the physics of being happy in the Sunny Side of Science.

Further examine the Freedom to Think and the bravery and talents of women in the laboratory during the First World War during Freedom in the Laboratory.

See the full Book Festival programme here.


Edinburgh Fringe Festival 3-28 August: #IntoTheUnknown

There are endless science shows for all audiences at this year’s Fringe and as we delved #IntoTheUnknown we found a number that may appeal to our audience.

For Families:

One of our very own stars in The Mould that Changed the Worlda musical all about antibiotic resistance!

Brainiac Live! provides the audience with a metaphorical shot of adrenaline with mysteries, weirdness and wacky science.

Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show explores the intricacies of fire, explosions and chemical reactions.

Who doesn’t love bubbles? The Amazing Bubble Man puts on a mesmerising performance for all ages.

Space-enthralled young ones will adore theatre production One Giant Leap for June who dreams of going into space.

After appearing at Edinburgh International Science Festival in April this year, Eaten is back at the Fringe with the lovable on who makes friends with his food.

For Adults:

Fascinated by space? You will love Astronomy Victorious, a visual art exhibition around meteorites, star charts, scientific instruments and more.

For foodies, discuss the future of agriculture and the dairy industry with Dr Orla Shortall at Cows Eat Grass, Don’t They? Or perhaps learn how pigs may be the future for human organ transplant with the University of Edinburgh’s Dr James Lowe in Will Pigs Save Our Bacon?

Or combine both and learn whether astronaut food is the future as Earth’s food production continues to come under pressure.  

The Dark Side of Research looks at the hilarious and embarrassing moments many in lab coats have had over the years.

And if you enjoyed the Edinburgh Skeptics at the Science Festival this year, they’re back at the Fringe with a whole hoard of thought-provoking discussion and ideas.

There is loads more science shows at the 2018 Fringe Festival, the above are only a handful.