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Science is at the heart of many of the biggest challenges and opportunities we face. In this highly technological world, a lack of scientific literacy can cause people to feel excluded or to be vulnerable to misleading ideas that can cause poor health and wellbeing, environmental and safety choices. People need evidence-based knowledge to make informed choices.

Furthermore, Scotland is facing a skills gap in STEM and digital industries. There has been a rising tide of students choosing not to continue with STEM electives. We need to inspire children early on and link STEM subjects to real world challenges and opportunities beyond the classroom.  

With 30 years’ experience, Edinburgh Science is a leader in the field of creating and delivering unique experiences in the informal learning environment. We are an ambitious organisation and we currently engage with around 250,000 people every year, through our Festival and Learning programmes in Scotland. We simply could not achieve this without the support of our funding partners. Their financial support goes directly towards delivering high quality engaging events for audiences of all ages through an annual Festival and towards the delivery of our schools touring programme.

You can help us to benefit people across Scotland and in return, Edinburgh Science can create a bespoke package to support your priorities whether you focus on STEM education and increasing Scotland’s talent pool; promoting your brand to a large audience; having national reach; community engagement in Edinburgh; or entertaining clients with unique events. 

We must ensure that everyone is able to develop the confidence and understanding required to fully engage with STEM, as it impacts on all employment types and careers and affects our daily lives. 

Richard Lochhead MSP

Take a look at our programmes and get in touch for more information:

Generation Science – primary STEM education with national reach benefitting around 60,000 children a year. You can help us to deliver Generation Science in specific areas of Scotland, prioritising those in disadvantaged and remote areas.

Careers Hive – invest in your current and future workforce at our interactive STEM careers event that sees around 3,000 secondary schools students. Your organisation could also send volunteers.

Edinburgh Science Festival – world-class public engagement with a primary audience of over 175,000 people. Topics are wide-ranging and led by experts. 

Community Engagement – reaching areas of Edinburgh that do not normally engage with the Science Festival.

You can help us continue and improve on our work and ensure that our events and programmes remain accessible to all.

There are a number of ways that you can support Edinburgh Science. Browse the pages in the menu above to find out more or contact Hannah Schlesinger, Director of Development, hannahs@scifest.co.uk, 0131 553 0324.