With Thanks To
Posted: 16 April 2019
As the Festival winds down for another year, we wanted to say a big THANK YOU to our sponsors!
The Festival's Headline Sponsor EDF Energy helped to create another fantastic Science Festival and provided support for two unique activities. Energy Makers in City Art Centre taught young children the importance of renewable energy and Inside a Nuclear Reactor in the National Museum of Scotland provided an exploratory look inside a reactor in a 360° dome.
We successfully moved in to our new venue, the Pleasance, with sponsor Baillie Gifford by our side. Pleasance was home to many of our workshops, discussions and shows. One such event was the premiere and successful run of our new Science in the Spotlight production Melody and Sam: Record Breakers developed with support from Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government's Festival Expo Fund. Also in Pleasance: we explored The Buzz about GM Insects with the British Ecological Society; took a look at medical data in Diagnosing with Data with Edinburgh BioQuarter; questioned The Future of Fertility with Marks & Clerk; and discovered Exo-Elements with the Royal Society of Chemistry. All these events and more truly made our first year in Pleasance a memorable one!
Baillie Gifford, along with the Edina Trust, also helped us open City Art Centre two days early (for the first time ever) in order to welcome school pupils from across Edinburgh to enjoy our science workshops and interactive activities for free. Edina Trust have worked with us to provide science communication training for our staff in advance of our school days and the 2019 Science Festival. Our City Art Centre School Days could also not have been achieved without the help of The Ogden Trust and Institute of Physics who supported our efforts to engage young people with physics through workshops Little Sparks and Robo Constructors.
The fun at City Art Centre did not stop there in part due to our wonderful venue sponsor Cirrus Logic who helped decorate the building with exciting and eye-catching graphic designs. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Wood Mackenzie for sponsoring two new workshops at City Art Centre this year – Wild Vets and Geo Explorers respectively. And to GSK for keeping the bouncy, springy and super fun slime workshop Splat-tastic a must-see event for another year.
It wouldn't be the Science Festival without an array of exciting workshops, discussions and drop-in sessions at the National Museum of Scotland. This year our showstopping grand gallery activity Build and Break, sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering, gave families the opportunity to create and deconstruct in our two dedicated Build and Break zones. Food Standards Scotland helped us work off our breakfasts with their Calorie Countdown Bike, the British Heart Foundation Scotland taught us all about the silent problem of Air Pollution and Jacobs also provided drop-in entertainment for families in Hawthornden Court. Amongst our programme of discussions, we were in for a treat with Maxwell in Six Objects thanks to the donated items from the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation and with the European Society for Evolutionary Biology for their enlightening, wild ride through the pop-culture of de-extinction in Bring Back the Dodo?. We boasted sold out audiences across the Science Festival this year including The Edinburgh Seven sponsored by Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation. Also at the National Museum of Scotland, our annual ARUP lecture which this year centred on the magnificant design of Dundee's V&A and Exploring the Deep sponsored by Oceana detailed the depths of the oceans and our fascination with discovery which went hand-in-hand with their sponsorship of our outdoor exhibition A Human Touch which looks at the ways human activity impact our planet.
Outwith these venues we had two special events which were generously supported this year. Artemis helped us kick off the Festival in style with our annual Edinburgh Medal address, this year presented by Christiana Figueres and Heriot-Watt University delivered another fantastic Family Day during the middle weekend of the Festival.
For the first time ever, the Science Festival offered a Delegate Programme to those within the science communication, culture and education sectors. Made possible by PLACE funding, the Delegate Programme sold out and was very well recieved by participants. And of course, many thanks to the City of Edinburgh Council for their funding of various Festival projects.
In addition to the hard work, dedication and support that goes in to our Festival programme, Edinburgh Science runs community engagement activities too. Our Headline Community Engagement Sponsor Edinburgh Airport with Cruden and UK Research and Innovation, help make it possible for children and families around Edinburgh and Scotland to experience the magic of the Festival.