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What we do

The Edinburgh International Science Foundation is an educational charity, founded in 1989, which operates Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Education and Festival programmes. We are best known for organising Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival – the world’s first public celebration of science and technology and still one of Europe’s largest – and our science education outreach programme, Generation Science.

Our mission is to inspire, encourage and challenge people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and understand the world around them. As leaders in our field of Science Communication, we work year-round to create and deliver dynamic hands-on workshops and exhibitions and inspirational shows, discussions, debates and performances that continually push the boundaries of public engagement with science. Communication and engagement is at the core of all our work and we strive to ensure that this is embedded in all aspects of our organisation, from the annual Festival programme to our ambitious Education work, including our Generation Science outreach programme.

For our 2015 Festival we delivered 281 events and exhibits in over 39 venues in and around Edinburgh. Through a curated programme of top quality science and technology events, we reached over 105,000 people in two weeks, bringing the exciting and inspirational world of science to life for people of all ages and backgrounds. With 2015 our Generation Science schools tour we visited a third of all Scottish primary schools, reaching over 63,000 children.

In 2016 we delivered another packed Festival programme from 26 March – 10 April. Events focused on everything from the science of food and drink to the exploration of space and other worlds as we continued to inspire, engage and immerse our audiences in all things science. Our science schools programme Generation Science brought our inspirational science education activities to classrooms in schools across Scotland from February to May 2016. We also introduced a brand new education project, Careers Hive, which highlighted the career opportunities that arise from engagement with STEM subjects for students in S1-S3.

Our 2017 Festival stepped it up even more, with a jammed packed programme of events in and around Edinburgh from 1-16 April. Generation Science had more than 1600 interactive performances across 560 primary schools, and with this we reached over 58,000 pupils. Careers Hive too continued its inspiration for STEM students and the plethora of opportunities available to them.

With nearly 30 years of experience, Edinburgh International Science Festival is a leader in our field of creating and delivering unique experiences in the informal learning environment. We are an ambitious organisation and we currently engage with more over 168,000 people every year, through our Festival and Education programmes in Scotland. We simply couldn’t 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.

A copy of our Ethical Sponsorship policy is available to download below.
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