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Science Fun This August

Posted: 01 August 2019

As the August Festivals descend upon Edinburgh, we have scoured the programmes for incredible science shows, discussions and workshops for you to sink your teeth into. 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Families will delight in a swag of science shows for children at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. Follow three scientists as they discover some of the most incredible science facts in Science Adventures, expect flashes, bangs and wacky experiments with Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science, or discover the secrets behind elephant’s toothpaste and more with Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show. Dinosaur fans will delight in Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, a chance to get up close and personal with prehistoric creatures, little ones can explore their senses with Sound Dome, and curious minds can observe even the tiniest organisms under the microscope in interactive performance Microbodyssey.

And of course, make sure you check out Valentina’s Galaxy, an intergalactic adventure for children aged 3–6, originally developed for the 2018 Edinburgh Science Festival.

If your interests lie in a night out, you can discover hilarious anecdotes of life in the lab with stand-up comedian Matt Hobs BSc (Bristolian of Science), hear sobering facts about climate change and the dangers of fake news with Fake News Kills the World, or if you didn’t get enough of it at EdSciFest this year, get hands-on with Scottish spirits (and a tipple or two) at Summerhall’s Science of the Sesh. Our environment will take centre stage in 1.5 Degrees Live!, a five day live-reading of the IPCC report on climate change, or take a look at what might happen if humans live on other planets, in theatre show If I Die On Mars.

And when it comes to free events, British Heart Foundation has a week-long interactive exhibition running the first week of August, getting up close and personal with your heart health and experts in the field. 

Edinburgh International Book Festival

There’s plenty for children at the Book Festival this year. Konnie Huq, Blue Peter’s longest serving female presenter, presents her new book Cookie, following a British-Bangladeshi girl who dreams of being a scientist. Explore the cosmos with Martin Howard and Chris Mould, or pop your engineering hat on and learn how to devise incredible inventions with Katherine Mengardon & Dominic Wilcox: Little Inventors.

We were also delighted to see Ailie Finlay, who appeared at EdSciFest this year, for a sensory storytelling show for people of all ages. 

For adults, join 2009 Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry and Royal Society President Venki Ramakrishnan as he discusses his life’s work, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings and the incredible technology involved with Gill Arbuthnott: Countdown to the Moon or break taboos with Kate Devlin as she discusses sex robots.

Edinburgh International Festival

The language of climate change is under the microscope with Climate Crisis Killjoy at the Edinburgh International Festival. Brazilian writer, storyteller and performer Luanda Casella showcases her research into the narrative and public opinion of societal issues such as climate change.

Or take a further peek into the environment with Ocean Hotpot by Si’an Chen, where the ocean is hot enough to cook with and bizarre environmental protection ideas are devised.

Edinburgh Art Festival

This Art Festival, immerse yourself in Jupiter Artland’s summer exhibition featuring choreographer and artist Trisha Brown and her moving image archive Time, Space, Gravity, explore Rosalind Nashashibi’s films inspired by Ursula Le Guin’s science fiction writing and discover the importance of fungus in ecosystems in Arusha Gallery, Aimée Parrott and Adam Collier’s All That the Rain Promises.

There is so much on during August at our fellow festivals, these events are just a snapshot. If you see a show that should be on this list, just let us know,