Science Festival 2016 unveiled

A jam-packed programme for 2016 has been revealed and tickets for shows, exhibitions, talks and experiments are on sale now.

The Edinburgh International Science Festival is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council and will run throughout the Easter holidays (26 March–10 April 2016) in venues across the Capital including the City Art Centre, Summerhall, National Museum Scotland, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Zoo and the Royal Botanic Garden. 

Science Festival 2016

With 271 events in total, the 2016 programmes promises everyone the chance to join the global debate of how we can build better worlds for now and the future. 

The highlight of the family programme will be the City Art Centre which just like the International Space Station, will be full of fun and exciting experiments and activities for children. Across five floors there will be 20 science workshops and drop-in sessions of experimental fun for those aged 3-12 years old.

City of Edinburgh Council Festivals Champion Councillor Richard Lewis said; “Every year the Edinburgh International Science Festival transforms the city into a celebration of science and technology.

"Across the Capital you’ll be able to find fascinating talks with Professors and pioneers and experiments to entertain and educate all ages. The City of Edinburgh Council is a proud partner of the Festival and our school children have the opportunity to benefit from the event’s outreach programme.

"This year, our City Art Centre will once again turn into a playground of family-friendly events when it takes on the disguise of the International Space Station. There will be hundreds of events in Edinburgh and anyone visiting the Festival this Easter will be in for a treat.”

Creative Director Amanda Tyndall added: “In 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival asks; how can we all collaborate to help build a better world? It’s a huge question but I’m excited by the mix of world-leading scientists, artists, authors and innovators that will join audiences in Edinburgh to share and debate their visions of a better world. 

Science and technology have the potential to help us address so many of the key challenges we face; from how we feed, heal and fuel the world to how we live happy and fulfilling lives as we do so.

But they don't work in isolation from the wider world. It is through collaboration with their creative cousins that we stand the best chance of innovating and securing our future. 

This year's Festival celebrates this with a programme focus on the fertile space where science meets the arts, with something for curious minds of all ages.”

Founded by the Council in 1989, the Festival is an educational charity that aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the world around them.

Tickets for all events are on sale now with the Edinburgh International Science Festival


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